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Charles Lane

Charles Lane (born January 26, 1905 in San Francisco, California as Charles Gerstle Levinson) is a skinny, hatchet-faced, bespectacled American character actor, ubiquitous in literally hundreds of films. With his prominent nose, his rimless eyeglasses and his permanent scowl, he typically portrayed short-tempered and often loudmouthed bureaucrats, yes-men and other minor minions, principally in lighter fare. A graduate of the fabled Pasadena Playhouse, he made his film debut in 1931 and hasn't stopped working since. Appeared in most Frank Capra films.

Appeared in episodes of many television shows including I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, Bachelor Father, The Twilight Zone, Mister Ed, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction (as Homer Bedloe), The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Get Smart, Bewitched, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Munsters, F Troop, The Wild Wild West, Nanny and the Professor, The Odd Couple, Rhoda, One Day at a Time, Maude, Soap (as Judge Anthony Petrillo), Lou Grant, Little House on the Prairie, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, and the remake of Dark Shadows.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Charles Lane Facts

Birth Name Charles Gerstle Levison
OccupationActor, Director
BirthdayJanuary 26, 1905
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Date of deathJuly 9, 2007 (Santa Monica, California, USA, age 102)

Selected Filmography

The Silence of the Lambs
The Music Man
The Blood Oranges
It's A Wonderful Life
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Titan A.E.
The Ugly Dachshund
Abbott & Costello: The Complete Universal Pictures Collection
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