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I Love Lucy: Actor Charles Lane Leaves a Long Career

10 July 2007 3:34 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Veteran character actor Charles Lane passed away last night at the grand age of 102. His son Tom said that he was talking with his father at the time of his passing. "He was lying in bed with his eyes real wide open. Then he closed his eyes and stopped breathing."

Lane's prolific career spanned almost seven decades and he was one of the first to join the Screen Actors Guild in 1933. Though audiences probably wouldn't recognize his name, they surely remember his face and trademark crusty demeanor and a list of over 800 credits.

Among other films, Lane appeared in Mighty Joe Young, The Music Man, and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. He was a staple of nine Frank Capra films like It's a Wonderful Life, You Can't Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Capra once wrote to Lane, "Well, Charlie, you've been my No. »


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