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Charles Lane (born Charles Gerstle Levison; January 26, 1905 – July 9, 2007) was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 77 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 101 as a narrator in 2006. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). He was a favored supporting actor of Lucille Ball, who often used him as a no-nonsense authority figure and comedic foe of her scatterbrained TV character on her TV series I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show. His first film of more than 250 was as a hotel clerk in Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Charles Lane (born Charles Gerstle Levison; January 26, 1905 – July 9, 2007) was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 77 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 101 as a narrator in 2006. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). He was a favored supporting actor of Lucille Ball, who often used him as a no-nonsense authority figure and comedic foe of her scatterbrained TV character on her TV series I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show. His first film of more than 250 was as a hotel clerk in Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 267

Birthday 1905-01-26

Day of Death 2007-07-09

Place of Birth San Francisco, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Charles Gerstle Levison
  • Charles L. Lane
  • Charlie Lane
  • Charles Levinson
  • Charles Levison

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (1 episode)
1995 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
1993 Acting on Impulse as Bellhop
1990 Shannon's Deal (1 episode)
1986 L.A. Law (1 episode)
1985 Murphy's Romance as Amos Abbott
1985 Comedy Factory (1 episode)
1985 Otherworld (1 episode) as Velcrows Widley
1984 Hunter (1 episode)
1983 Strange Invaders as Prof. Hollister
1983 The Winds of War (7 episodes) as Adm. William Standley
1982 St. Elsewhere (1 episode)
1981 Dead Kids as Donovan
1980 The Little Dragons as J.J.
1978 Movie Movie as Judge
1978 Mork & Mindy (1 episode)
1977 Lou Grant (2 episodes)
1977 Soap (7 episodes)
1977 ABC Weekend Special (1 episode)
1976 Sybil (2 episodes) as Dr. Quinoness
1975 One Day at a Time (1 episode)
1975 The Family Holvak (1 episode)
1975 Karen (13 episodes)
1974 Chico and the Man (1 episode)
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)
1974 Rhoda (1 episode)
1973 Adam's Rib (1 episode)
1972 The Sandy Duncan Show (1 episode)
1972 Temperatures Rising (1 episode)
1972 Maude (1 episode)
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1970 The Odd Couple (1 episode)
1970 Nanny and the Professor (2 episodes)
1969 The Debbie Reynolds Show (1 episode)
1967 Judd for the Defense (1 episode)
1967 The Flying Nun (1 episode)
1967 He & She (1 episode)
1967 The Gnome-Mobile as Dr. Scoggins
1966 The Pruitts of Southampton (1 episode)
1966 Love on a Rooftop (2 episodes)
1966 The Ugly Dachshund as Judge
1966 The Ghost & Mr. Chicken as Whitlow
1965 Billie as Coach Jones
1965 Get Smart (1 episode)
1965 The Wild Wild West (1 episode)
1965 Green Acres (1 episode)
1965 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1 episode)
1965 F Troop (1 episode)
1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! as 'Strife' Magazine Editor
1964 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (2 episodes)
1964 The Munsters (1 episode)
1964 The Cara Williams Show (1 episode)
1964 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1 episode)
1964 Bewitched (8 episodes)
1964 The Bing Crosby Show (1 episode)
1964 Wendy and Me (1 episode)
1964 Looking For Love as Screen test director
1964 Good Neighbor Sam as Jack Bailey
1964 The Carpetbaggers as Denby
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Airport Manager
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (24 episodes)
1963 The Bill Dana Show (1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1963 The Farmer's Daughter (1 episode)
1963 Papa's Delicate Condition as Mr. Cosgrove
1963 The Wheeler Dealers as Judge
1962 The Lucy Show (5 episodes)
1962 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (7 episodes)
1962 The Music Man as Constable
1961 The New Bob Cummings Show (1 episode)
1961 The Wonderful World of Disney (2 episodes)
1961 Mister Ed (1 episode)
1960 Surfside 6 (2 episodes)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode)
1960 Guestward, Ho! (1 episode)
1960 The Tab Hunter Show (1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys (2 episodes)
1960 The Comedy Spot (1 episode)
1959 Dennis, The Menace (6 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode) as Mr. Peckinpaugh
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (5 episodes)
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 But Not for Me as Al Atwood
1959 The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock as Standard Bates
1959 The Mating Game as Inspector general Bigelow
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1 episode)
1958 The Ann Sothern Show (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)
1958 Teacher's Pet as Roy
1957 The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (2 episodes)
1957 The Real McCoys (2 episodes)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 The Thin Man (1 episode)
1957 Bachelor Father (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1 episode)
1957 God Is My Partner as Judge Warner
1957 Whirlybirds (1 episode)
1956 On Trial (1 episode)
1955 Tom and Jerry as Joseph P. Garrity
1955 The People's Choice (1 episode)
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse (1 episode)
1955 Star Stage (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Willy (1 episode)
1954 Dear Phoebe (31 episodes) as Mr. Fosdick
1953 Topper (1 episode)
1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis as Prof. Obispo
1953 Remains to Be Seen as Delapp (examiner)
1953 The Juggler as Rosenberg
1952 The Sniper as Loud Drunk at Paper Doll Club
1952 Today (1 episode)
1951 Here Comes the Groom as Ralph Burchard
1951 I Love Lucy (4 episodes)
1951 I Can Get it For You Wholesale as Herman Pulvermacher (uncredited)
1950 The Second Face as Mr. Westcott
1950 Riding High as Erickson
1950 The Yellow Cab Man as L.A. Casualty Co. Executive (uncredited)
1949 The House Across the Street as Apartment Manager
1949 Mighty Joe Young as Producer (uncredited)
1949 You're My Everything as Mr. Eddie Pflum (uncredited)
1948 Apartment for Peggy as Prof. Collins (uncredited)
1948 Out of the Storm as Mr. Evans
1948 Smart Woman as Reporter
1948 State of the Union as Blink Moran
1948 Call Northside 777 as Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
1947 Intrigue as Hotel Desk Clerk
1947 Roses Are Red as Lipton
1947 Bury Me Dead as Brighton
1947 Living in a Big Way as Hawkins (uncredited)
1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue as Landlord (uncredited)
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Real Estate Salesman
1946 The Invisible Informer as Nick Steele
1946 Mysterious Intruder as Detective Burns
1946 Just Before Dawn as Dr. Steiner (uncredited)
1946 A Close Call for Boston Blackie as Hack Hagen (uncredited)
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace as Reporter at Marriage License Office
1943 Mission to Moscow as Man in Kitchenin Montage
1942 Friendly Enemies as Braun
1942 Thru Different Eyes as Mott
1942 Lady in a Jam as Government Man
1942 The Mad Martindales as Virgil Hickling
1942 Sunday Punch as Ringside spectator at Ole's first fight (uncredited)
1942 Broadway as Hungry Harry
1942 Tarzan's New York Adventure as Gould Beaton, Sargent's Lawyer
1942 Home in Wyomin' as Newspaper Editor
1942 About Face as Rental Car Manager
1942 The Great Man's Lady as Pierce (uncredited)
1942 Obliging Young Lady as Private Detective Smith
1942 What's Cookin'? as K.D. Reynolds
1942 Born to Sing as Johnny
1942 Ride 'Em Cowboy as Martin Manning (uncredited)
1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen as Coroner
1942 A Gentleman at Heart as Holloway
1942 Sealed Lips as Attorney Emanuel 'Manny' T. Dixon
1941 Ball of Fire as Larsen
1941 Birth of the Blues as Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited)
1941 New York Town as Census Taker (uncredited)
1941 I Wake Up Screaming as Keating- Florist
1941 Three Girls About Town as Mortician
1941 Buy Me That Town as J. Montague Gainsborough
1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime as Dr. Prouty (coroner)
1941 The Big Store as Finance Company Man (uncredited)
1941 Sis Hopkins as Mayor's aide
1941 Barnacle Bill as Auctioneer
1941 Repent at Leisure as Clarence Morgan
1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery as Doc Prouty
1941 Back Street as Reporter for Associated News
1940 The Invisible Woman as Growley
1940 The Texas Rangers Ride Again as Train Passenger
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective as Dr. Prouty
1940 Dancing on a Dime as Freeman Taylor
1940 Blondie Plays Cupid as Train Conductor
1940 City for Conquest as Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited)
1940 The Leather Pushers as Henry 'Mitch' Mitchell
1940 The Great Profile as Director
1940 Rhythm on the River as Bernard Schwartz
1940 We Who Are Young as Perkins
1940 Buck Benny Rides Again as Charlie Graham
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Salesman
1940 Edison, the Man as Second Lecturer
1940 The Crooked Road as Phil Wesner, Defense Attorney
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife as Reporter
1940 Johnny Apollo as Assistant D.A.
1940 Primrose Path as Mr. 'Smitty' Smith / Hawkins (uncredited)
1940 It's a Date as Mr. Horner (uncredited)
1939 Charlie McCarthy, Detective as Charlie's Doctor
1939 The Cat and the Canary as Reporter
1939 Beware Spooks! as Moore
1939 Television Spy as Mr. Adler
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Nosey Newsman
1939 Honeymoon in Bali as Photographer
1939 5th Ave Girl as Union Representative
1939 Golden Boy as Reporter Drake
1939 Miracles For Sale as Fleetwood Apartments Desk Clerk
1939 They All Come Out as Psychiatrist
1939 News Is Made at Night as District Attorney Rufe Reynolds
1939 Second Fiddle as Studio Chief
1939 Rose of Washington Square as Sam Kress
1939 Lucky Night as Carpenter
1939 Let Us Live as Auto Salesman
1939 Inside Story as District Attorney
1939 Boy Slaves as Albee
1938 Kentucky as Auctioneer
1938 Blondie as Furniture Salesman
1938 Always in Trouble as Donald Gower
1938 Three Loves Has Nancy as Cleaning Store Manager (uncredited)
1938 You Can't Take It with You as Henderson
1938 Professor Beware as Joe - Photographer
1938 The Rage of Paris as Department Head (uncredited)
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Weaver
1938 In Old Chicago as Booking Agent (scenes deleted)
1937 Nothing Sacred as Rubenstein (uncredited)
1937 Ali Baba Goes To Town as Doctor
1937 Danger - Love at Work as Gilroy, an attorney
1937 Hot Water as Grayson
1937 Trapped by G-Men as Fingers
1937 Bad Guy as Attorney
1937 One Mile From Heaven as Webb
1937 Born Reckless as Barnes's lawyer
1937 Big Business as Webster - Bank Representative
1937 Venus Makes Trouble as District Attorney
1937 Internes Can't Take Money as Grote
1937 We're on the Jury as Horace Smith
1936 Lady Luck as Feinberg
1936 36 Hours to Kill as Lawyer Rickert
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Hallor (uncredited)
1936 The Milky Way as Willard
1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell as Man in Front Row (archive footage)
1935 Two for Tonight as Writer
1935 Here Comes the Band as Mr. Scurry
1935 Woman Wanted as Defense Attorney Herman
1935 Ginger as Judge
1935 The Florentine Dagger as Man in Front Row (archive footage)
1935 One More Spring as Representative
1934 The Bands Plays On as Shyster Lawyer
1934 A Wicked Woman as Defense Attorney Beardsley (uncredited)
1934 Broadway Bill as Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
1934 Twenty Million Sweethearts as Reporter (uncredited)
1934 Twentieth Century as Max Jacobs
1934 Looking for Trouble as Switchboard Operator
1934 The Show-Off as Mr. Weitzenkorn
1933 Mr. Skitch as Hotel Clerk
1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole as Columnist #2
1933 The Bowery as Doctor (uncredited)
1933 My Woman as Conn
1933 She Had to Say Yes as Mr. Bernstein (uncredited)
1933 Private Detective 62 as Process Server (uncredited)
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 as Society Reporter (uncredited)
1933 Central Airport as Amarillo Radio Operator (uncredited)
1933 Grand Slam as Waiter at Nicolai Restaurant
1933 42nd Street as Playwright of 'Pretty Lady'
1933 Blondie Johnson as Cashier (uncredited)
1933 Employees' Entrance as Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
1932 Blessed Event as Kane
1932 The Mouthpiece as Hotel Desk Clerk
1932 Union Depot as Luggage Checkroom Clerk (uncredited)
1931 Manhattan Parade as Desk clerk
1931 Blonde Crazy as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
1931 The Road to Singapore as Desk Clerk at Club
1931 Smart Money as Hotel Desk Clerk
1930 City Girl as Man at Train Station
1927 Service for Ladies as Elizabeth's father

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