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Charles Winninger (1884–1969)

Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to join and tour with his parent's vaudeville family act... See full bio »

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Nothing Sacred
Nothing Sacred Dr. Enoch Downer
Destry Rides Again
Destry Rides Again Washington Dimsdale
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State Fair Abel Frake
The Sun Shines Bright
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 1960 Raymie
R.J. Parsons
 1959 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Terrence Costigan
- The Terrence Costigan Story (1959) ... Terrence Costigan
 1957 Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series)
Grandpa Scott
- The Magic Suitcase (1957) ... Grandpa Scott
 1956 The Sheriff of Cochise (TV Series)
John Rogers
- The Shadow (1956) ... John Rogers
 1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- His Maiden Voyage (1955) ... Phinney
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
- Marriage Contract (1955) ... Peter
 1955 Las Vegas Shakedown
Ernest Raff
 1954 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Barney Kurtz
- Mertz and Kurtz (1954) ... Barney Kurtz
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Captain Henry Coffin
- The Whale on the Beach (1954) ... Captain Henry Coffin
 1953 Those Were the Days (TV Movie)
 1953 Champ for a Day
Pa Karlsen
 1953 A Perilous Journey
Captain Eph Allan
 1953 The Sun Shines Bright
Judge William Pittman Priest
 1952 Torpedo Alley
Oliver J. Peabody
 1950 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 Father Is a Bachelor
Professor Mordecai Ford
 1948 The Inside Story
Uncle Ed
 1947 Something in the Wind
Uncle Chester Read
 1946 Lover Come Back
William 'Pa' Williams, Sr.
 1945 She Wouldn't Say Yes
Doctor Lane
 1944 Sunday Dinner for a Soldier
Dudley 'Granfeathers' Osborne
 1944 Broadway Rhythm
Sam Demming
 1943 Coney Island
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
King Lamarr (Episode 3)
 1942 Mister Gardenia Jones (Documentary short)
John Jones
 1941 My Life with Caroline
 1941 The Getaway
Dr. Josiah Glass
 1941 Pot o' Gold
C.J. Haskell
 1940 Little Nellie Kelly
Michael Noonan
 1940 My Love Came Back
Julius Malette
 1940 If I Had My Way
Joe Johnson
 1939 Barricade
Samuel J. Cady
 1939 Babes in Arms
Joe Moran
 1938 Hard to Get
Ben Richards
 1938 Goodbye Broadway
Pat Malloy
 1937 You're a Sweetheart
Cherokee Charlie
 1937 Every Day's a Holiday
Van Reighle Van Pelter Van Doon
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Dr. Enoch Downer
 1937 You Can't Have Everything
Sam Gordon
 1937 Café Metropole
Joseph Ridgeway
 1937 Woman Chases Man
B.J. Nolan
 1936 White Fang
Doc McFane
 1934 Social Register
 1931 Husband's Holiday
Mr. Reid
 1931 Flying High
Doctor Brown
 1931 The Sin of Madelon Claudet
 1931 Children of Dreams
Dr. Joe Thompson
 1931 Night Nurse
Dr. Bell
 1931 Gun Smoke
Tack Gillup
 1931 Fighting Caravans
 1930 Soup to Nuts
Otto Schmidt
 1926 Summer Bachelors
Preston Smith
 1926 The Canadian
Pop Tyson
 1924 Pied Piper Malone
Louie - the Barber
 1916 A September Mourning (Short)
The Artist
 1915 The Doomed Groom (Short)
The Groom
 1915 Lizzie's Shattered Dreams (Short)
2nd Stranger from the City
 1915 Mister Flirt in Wrong (Short)
Mr. Rawsberry
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Stage Play: Revenge with Music. Musical comedy. Material and lyrics by Howard Dietz. Music by Arthur Schwartz. Based on a variation on the old Spanish folk tale "El Sombrero de Tres Picos" by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Direction by Victor Baravalle. Dance ensembles by Mikhail Mordkin. ... See more »

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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)). See more »

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