Charles Winninger Overview:

Character actor, Charles Winninger, was born on May 26, 1884 in Athens, WI. Winninger died at the age of 84 on Jan 27, 1969 in Palm Springs, CA .


Chubby, lovable, and usually mustachioed, Charles Winninger, hailed from a family of vaudevillians with whose act he stayed for many years, on and off -- until films claimed him as a 'regular' after his role as Cap'n Andy in the 1936 film, Show Boat. He was a top featured attraction after that until the early fifties, almost equaling his earlier success, when he played the father of the family in the 1945 version of State Fair.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio.

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[Having sworn in his new deputy]
Washington Dimsdale: Here's your badge. Don't let anybody see it.

Julius Malette: A wife should always know where her husband is going in the evening.

Dr. Milton A. Ranger: The successful nurse is one who keeps her mouth shut.

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He shared the same birth date - May 26 - with Joseph Urban, who designed the sets for the original Broadway stage production of "Show Boat", and Sammy Lee, who choreographed it.

On TV, one of his most beloved appearances was as a nostalgic guest star on a 1954 episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951) in which he played an old vaudevillian partner of Fred Mertz's (William Frawley). In the show the two, who once billed themselves as "Mertz & Kurtz," sing a couple of cute ditties: "Oh By Jingo" and "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad." Later, Winninger joined the entire "Lucy" cast for a musical revue at Ricky's Tropicana Club, where numbers included "On the Boardwalk to Atlantic City," "By the Beautiful Sea" and "I Found a Peach on the Beach." Both Frawley and Winninger were vaudevillians in real life.

Of all the actors who starred in the original Broadway production of "Show Boat" in 1927, he is by far the one who had the most prolific film and television career.

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