Charles Bickford Overview:

Character actor, Charles Bickford, was born Charles Ambrose Bickford on Jan 1, 1891 in Cambridge, MA. Bickford died at the age of 76 on Nov 9, 1967 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, CA.

MINI BIO:

Rugged, outspoken, curly-haired American star and later leading character player, of Irish ancestry. He never won an Oscar, despite gruff, consistently good, characteristically intense performances over 38 years; he was nominated three times - for The Song of Bernadette, The Farmer's Daughter and Johnny Belinda. Died from emphysema.

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

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Bickford was nominated for three Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best Supporting ActorThe Song of Bernadette (1943)Dean PeyramaleNominated
1947Best Supporting ActorThe Farmer's Daughter (1947)ClancyNominated
1948Best Supporting ActorJohnny Belinda (1948)Black McDonaldNominated
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures.

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Charles Bickford Quotes:

James Carwood: What's the answer, Brockie, all guts and no brain?
Elmer Brockhurst: No. That's putting it too simply. Dennis is one of those boys whose brain is fascinated by guts. He loves this lousy war.


Benson Tropp: Any man gets himself married is automatically stupid. Denny's just refusing to stay stupid. He just don't ever see his wife.
Otto Habershaw: Words of wisdom from the confirmed bachelor.
Benson Tropp: Confirmed and reconfirmed. I hate women.
Otto Habershaw: I believe you. You've buried enough of them.
Benson Tropp: Sure I did. I put them back where they belong.


Elmer Brockhurst: [after leaving a briefing] 'Key industrial objectives!' Henh! A fine comfort for a lot of new widows back home!
James Carwood: What do you suppose is there, Brockie? Is there any one target in Germany worth 48 bombers?
Elmer Brockhurst: Worth it to whom?


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Daughter Doris Bickford (b. 1919).

Son Rex Bickford (b. 1924, d. 1960).

Every time he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, one of his co-stars won the Oscar for Best Actress (Jennifer Jones for The Song of Bernadette (1943), Loretta Young for The Farmer's Daughter (1947) and Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948)).

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