Charles Lane Overview:

Character actor, Charles Lane, was born Charles Gerstle Levison on Jan 26, 1905 in San Francisco, CA. Lane died at the age of 102 on Jul 9, 2007 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum in Colma, CA.


One could think of no better choice to play the kind of "peeper" a husband would hire to trail his wife with a view to grounds for divorce. Consequently, he was cast as bailiffs, reporters, tax inspectors, debt collectors, and various shady characters in pin-stripe suits, trilby hats and (often) rimless spectacles, from behind which beady eyes fastened on their victim. Still acted into his eighties, "though there aren't many roles for old goats like me."

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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By KC on Jul 12, 2007 From Classic Movies

Often, played the kind of characters that made you scowl: uptight, cranky, and certainly not the matinee idol you came to see. Despite all that, he would grow on you, partly because he showed up in so many movies and television programs (over 300) that he became "that one guy"... Read full article

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Charles Lane Quotes:

Brad Dunham: I want a pack of American cigarettes.
Hotel Cigar Stand Clerk: Sorry, but we're all out.
Brad Dunham: How much are they when you're all out?
Hotel Cigar Stand Clerk: Ten dollars.

Charles Spottswoode: Shall we go over here?
Philo Vance: Why, yes. I'm afraid marriage is quite out of the question Miss O'Dell.
Charles Spottswoode: Oh, you're sure about that, are you?
Philo Vance: I'm positive.
Charles Spottswoode: Well how would you like me to tell the world about Jimmy's embezzling from your bank?
Philo Vance: What?
Charles Spottswoode: You heard me.

Constable Locke: That was pretty good, Professor, but you made a couple of mistakes.
Harold Hill: Oh?
Constable Locke: Yeah, the billiard hall and that pool table belong to Mayor Shinn.
Harold Hill: Oh
[looks thoughtful]
Harold Hill: What was my other mistake?
Constable Locke: That Zaneta, she's the mayor's oldest girl.

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Charles Lane Facts
Began his acting career performing Chekhov, Shakespeare and Noel Coward at the Pasadena Playhouse during the 1930s.

On a short PBS interview about movies, the interviewer asked him if he had any regrets about the movies. He said that he never got to ride a horse in any of his performances. He told the interviewer he was an excellent horseman and had trained some of the western actors how to ride.

One of the first actors to join Screen Actors Guild.

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