Charles Lane Overview:

Character actor, Charles Lane, was born Charles Gerstle Levison on Jan 26, 1905 in San Francisco, CA. Lane died at the age of 102 on Jul 9, 2007 in Santa Monica, CA and was laid to rest in Home of Peace Cemetery and Emanu-El Mausoleum in Colma, CA.

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1905-2007

By KC on Jul 12, 2007 From Classic Movies

Often, played the kind of characters that made you scowl: uptight, cranky, and certainly not the matinee idol you came to see. Despite all that, he would grow on you, partly because he showed up in so many movies and television programs (over 300) that he became "that one guy"... Read full article


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Charles Lane Quotes:

Real Estate Salesman: Fifteen years ago, a half-dozen houses stuck here and there. There's the old cemetery, squirrels, buttercups, daisies. Dozens of the prettiest little homes you ever saw. Ninety per cent owned by suckers who used to pay rent to you. Your Potter's Field, my dear Mr. Employer, is becoming just that. And are the local yokels making with those David and Goliath wisecracks!
Mr. Potter: Oh, they are, are they? Even thought they know the Baileys haven't made a dime out of it.
Real Estate Salesman: You know very well why. The Baileys were all chumps. Every one of these homes is worth twice what it cost the Building and Loan to build. If I were you, Mr. Potter...
Mr. Potter: Well, you are not me.
Real Estate Salesman: As I say, it's no skin off my nose. But one of these days this bright young man is going to be asking George Bailey for a job.


Reporter: Looks like the same suckers get married everyday.


Constable Locke: That was pretty good, Professor, but you made a couple of mistakes.
Harold Hill: Oh?
Constable Locke: Yeah, the billiard hall and that pool table belong to Mayor Shinn.
Harold Hill: Oh
[looks thoughtful]
Harold Hill: What was my other mistake?
Constable Locke: That Zaneta, she's the mayor's oldest girl.


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Charles Lane Facts
Among his most cherished possessions is a letter from director Frank Capra declaring, "Well, Charlie, you've been my No. 1 crutch." Capra cast him in 10 films.

Perhaps remembered as Homer Bedloe, the scheming railwayman in TV's "Petticoat Junction" (1963).

January 30th was named "Charles Lane Day" by the Screen Actors Guild in 2005.

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