Biography

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the early 1930s, and was one of the standouts in the all-star comedy If I Had a Million (1932), as a harried, much-put-upon man who finally goes berserk in a china shop. Ruggles' slight stature and distinctive mannerisms - his fluttery, jumpy manner of speaking, his often befuddled look whenever events seemed about to overwhelm him, which was often - endeared him to generations of moviegoers. Memorable as Maj. Applegate the big-game hunter in the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938). Many will remember him as the narrator of the "Aesop's Fables" segment of the animated cartoon The Bullwinkle Show (1961). He was the brother of director Wesley Ruggles.

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the early 1930s, and was one of the standouts in the all-star comedy If I Had a Million (1932), as a harried, much-put-upon man who finally goes berserk in a china shop. Ruggles' slight stature and distinctive mannerisms - his fluttery, jumpy manner of speaking, his often befuddled look whenever events seemed about to overwhelm him, which was often - endeared him to generations of moviegoers. Memorable as Maj. Applegate the big-game hunter in the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938). Many will remember him as the narrator of the "Aesop's Fables" segment of the animated cartoon The Bullwinkle Show (1961). He was the brother of director Wesley Ruggles.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 98

Birthday 1886-02-08

Day of Death 1970-12-23

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Charlie Ruggles
  • Charles Sherman Ruggles

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1967 Carousel as The Starkeeper / Dr. Selden
1966 Follow Me, Boys! as John Everett Hughes
1966 The Ugly Dachshund as Dr. J. L. Pruitt
1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1964 I'd Rather Be Rich as Dr. Charles Crandall
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1963 Papa's Delicate Condition as Anthony Ghio
1963 Son of Flubber as Judge Murdock (as Charlie Ruggles)
1961 The Parent Trap as Charles McKendrick
1961 The Pleasure of His Company as Mackenzie Savage
1961 All in a Night's Work as Dr. Warren Kingsley Sr
1954 The World of Mr. Sweeney (1 episode) as Cicero P. Sweeney
1953 Ben and Me as Ben Franklin (voice)
1949 Look for the Silver Lining as Caro "Pop" Miller
1949 The Lovable Cheat as Claude Mercadet
1948 Give My Regards to Broadway as Toby Helper
1947 Ramrod as Ben Dickason (as Charlie Ruggles)
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue as Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor
1947 My Brother Talks to Horses as Richard Pennington Roeder
1947 The Perfect Marriage as Dale Williams, Sr.
1946 Gallant Journey as Jim Montgomery
1946 A Stolen Life as Freddie Linley
1945 Incendiary Blonde as Cherokee Jim
1945 Bedside Manner as Dr. J.H. 'Doc' Fredericks
1944 The Doughgirls as Stanley Slade
1944 Three Is a Family as Sam Whitaker
1944 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay as Otis Skinner
1944 Road to Victory as Himself
1944 The Shining Future as Mr. Ames
1943 Dixie Dugan as Pa Dugan
1942 Friendly Enemies
1941 The Perfect Snob as Dr. Edgar Mason
1941 Go West, Young Lady as Jim Pendergast
1941 The Parson of Panamint as Chuckawalla Bill Redfield
1941 Model Wife as Milo Everett
1941 Honeymoon for Three as Harvey Wilson
1940 The Invisible Woman as George
1940 No Time for Comedy as Philo Swift
1940 Public Deb No. 1 as Milburn
1940 Maryland as Dick Piper
1940 The Farmer's Daughter as Nickie North
1939 Balalaika as Nicki Popoff
1939 Night Work as Homer C. Fitch
1939 Invitation to Happiness as Henry 'Pop' Hardy
1939 Sudden Money as Sweeney J. Patterson
1939 Boy Trouble as Homer C. Fitch
1938 His Exciting Night as Adam Tripp (as Charlie Ruggles)
1938 Service de Luxe as Robinson
1938 Breaking the Ice as Sam Terwilliger
1938 Hollywood Handicap as Himself
1938 Bringing Up Baby as Major Horace Applegate
1937 Exclusive as Tod Swain
1937 Turn Off the Moon as J. Elliott Dinwiddy
1936 Mind Your Own Business as Orville Shanks
1936 Wives Never Know as Homer Bigelow
1936 Hollywood Boulevard as Charles Ruggles - Actor - Cameo Appearance
1936 Yours for the Asking as Sunbather
1936 Hearts Divided as Henry
1936 Early to Bed as Chester R. Beatty
1936 The Preview Murder Mystery as Cameo Appearance as Himself at Preview
1936 Anything Goes as Rev. Dr. Moon
1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936 as Wilbur Sealingsworth
1935 No More Ladies as Edgar Holden
1935 Ruggles of Red Gap as Egbert Floud
1934 The Pursuit of Happiness as Aaron Kirkland
1934 Friends Of Mr. Sweeney as Asaph 'Ace' Holliday
1934 Murder in the Private Car as Scott
1934 Melody in Spring as Warren Blodgett
1934 Six of a Kind as J. Pinkham Whinney
1933 Alice in Wonderland as March Hare
1933 Girl Without a Room as Vergil Crock
1933 Goodbye Love as Oswald Groggs
1933 Mama Loves Papa as Wilbur Todd
1933 Terror Aboard as Blackie Witherspoon
1933 Murders in the Zoo as Peter Yates (as Charlie Ruggles)
1933 Melody Cruise as Pete Wells
1932 Madame Butterfly as Lt. Barton
1932 If I Had a Million as Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)
1932 Trouble in Paradise as Major
1932 Evenings for Sale as Bimpfl
1932 The Night of June 13 as Philo Strawn
1932 70,000 Witnesses as Johnny Moran
1932 Love Me Tonight as Viscount Gilbert de Var├Ęze
1932 Make Me a Star as Himself (uncredited)
1932 This Is the Night as Bunny
1932 One Hour with You as Adolph
1932 This Reckless Age as Goliath Whitney
1931 The Beloved Bachelor as Jerry Wells
1931 The Smiling Lieutenant as Max
1931 Honor Among Lovers as Monty Dunn
1930 Charley's Aunt as Lord Fancourt Babberley (as Charlie Ruggles)
1930 Her Wedding Night as Bertie Bird
1930 Queen High as T. Boggs Johns
1930 Young Man of Manhattan as Shorty Ross
1930 Roadhouse Nights as Willie Bindbugel
1929 The Battle of Paris
1929 The Lady Lies as Charlie Tayler
1929 Gentlemen Of The Press as Charlie Haven

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