Charles Winninger Overview:

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).



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

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Charles Winninger Quotes:

Waco: Remember what you told me? "Women is like socks... you gotta change 'em regular."

Mrs. Minerva Alsop Morgan: Margaud's upset about something.
D. Rutherford Morgan: You don't say?
Mrs. Minerva Alsop Morgan: She very definitely has something on her mind.
D. Rutherford Morgan: If she has anything on her mind it's a step in the right direction.

Waco: Love is the best thing there is, I guess, but you're barking up the wrong cowboy.

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He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6333 Hollywood Boulevard.

On TV, one of his most beloved appearances was as a nostalgic guest star on a 1954 episode of "I Love Lucy" (1951) in which he played an old vaudevillian partner of Fred Mertz's (William Frawley). In the show the two, who once billed themselves as "Mertz & Kurtz," sing a couple of cute ditties: "Oh By Jingo" and "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad." Later, Winninger joined the entire "Lucy" cast for a musical revue at Ricky's Tropicana Club, where numbers included "On the Boardwalk to Atlantic City," "By the Beautiful Sea" and "I Found a Peach on the Beach." Both Frawley and Winninger were vaudevillians in real life.

His persona as a lovable captain was so well established from his having appeared in "Show Boat" that he was asked to play one yet again in A Perilous Journey (1953)).

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