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).
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Radio.
Dr. Enoch Downer: [Speaking to Wally Cook] You're a newspaperman. I can smell 'em. I've always been able to smell 'em. Excuse me while I open the window?
Abel Frake: [tasting the mincemeat] Doesn't taste like Grandma Stiches.
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