Charles Butterworth Overview:

Character actor, Charles Butterworth, was born on Jul 26, 1896 in South Bend, IN. Butterworth died at the age of 49 on Jun 14, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA .


A former law graduate and reporter, Butterworth turned to acting and brought his uniquely nervous manner to films with the coming of sound, together with a perennially dubious expression and a streak of fair hair that threatened to disappear from the top of his head. Often cast as vacillating rich bachelors who didn't get the girl. Killed in a car crash.

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



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

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Charles Butterworth Quotes:

Eleanor: Oh, I want to go to the bachelor dinner.
Shemp 'Shempy': Can you do a fan dance?
Eleanor: I invented the fan dance.
Shemp 'Shempy': I saw one with electric fans once, it was awful

George Evans: [Drunkenly] Who-whosever coming with me better hurry. I got to get down to the Rotary Club and speak on better ventilation for birdcages.

Willy Fitch: Archduke, you're a prince.

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Charles Butterworth Facts
Graduated from Notre Dame's law school in 1924 and passed the bar but decided against a law career and moved into journalism.

Twenty years later, became the inspiration for cereal icon Cap'n Crunch.

A one-time news reporter for the Chicago American and New York Times, his talents as a writer were instrumental in establishing solid friendships with journalist Heywood Hale Broun and humorist Frank Sullivan, who helped him find initial work on radio.

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