Charles Dingle Overview:

Character actor, Charles Dingle, was born on Dec 28, 1887 in Wabash, IN. Dingle died at the age of 68 on Jan 19, 1956 in Worcester, MA .


Stocky American actor with a mane of greying hair. A Broadway player who only came to films in his fifties, he often played twinkling-eyed, avuncular sorts who were not as benevolent as they looked. His powerful build also led him to playing some crooked figures of authority. From the late 1940s on, he mixed stage, television, and film appearances to equal measure. Probably remains best-remembered as one of Bette Davis's scheming relatives in The Little Foxes.

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



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Ben Hubbard: [to Regina] That's cynical. But, cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.

Ben Hubbard: Regina, you're a fool! How many times did mama tell you it's unwise for a good-lookin' woman to frown? How many times have i told you that softness and a smile will do more to the hearts of men?
Regina Giddens: I'll do things in my own way, Ben. I know what I'm doing.
Ben Hubbard: I hope you do, Regina.

Ben Hubbard: Then, too, one loses today and wins tomorrow.

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Well remembered as Ben, the "confirmed bachelor" elder to Bette Davis, in The Little Foxes (1941), in a role he had earlier played on Broadway.

Critic Bosley Crowther, reviewing 'The Little Foxes' in New York Times of August 22 1941, commented on his performance "Charles Dingle as brother Ben Hubbard, the oldest and sharpest of the rattlesnake clan, is the perfect villain in respectable garb". Dingle was also good value as factory owner Andrew Holmes in 'The Talk of the Town' (1942).

Didn't start doing films until he was age 52.

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