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Charles Middleton (I) (1874–1949)

Charles Brown Middleton was born 7th October 1879. His father was a military man with a strong sense of discipline which conflicted with Charles' own outlook on how to live his life so when 12 he ran away to join a circus and looked after the elephants before moving into performing in dramatic vignettes between traditional acts. At 18 he'd formed ... See full bio »

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Known For

Duck Soup Prosecutor
Flash Gordon Ming the Merciless
Show Boat Vallon
Strangler of the Swamp Ferryman Douglas


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 1949 The Last Bandit
Blindfolded Circuit Rider
 1948 The Decision of Christopher Blake
President in Dream (uncredited)
 1948 Jiggs and Maggie in Court
Mr. Burton, an Attorney
 1948 Station West
 1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Townsman (uncredited)
 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Wrecker (uncredited)
 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Reporter (uncredited)
 1948 My Girl Tisa
Examiner (uncredited)
 1947 Road to Rio
Farmer (uncredited)
 1947 Unconquered
Mulligan (scenes deleted)
 1947 The Pretender
William the Butler
 1947 Wyoming
Rev. Withers (uncredited)
 1947 Gunfighters
Sheriff #1 (uncredited)
 1947 Welcome Stranger
Farmer Pinkett (uncredited)
 1947 Jack Armstrong
Jason Grood (uncredited)
 1947 The Sea of Grass
Charley - Saloon Owner (uncredited)
 1946 Desert Command
El Shaitan (voice, uncredited)
 1946 The Killers
Farmer (uncredited)
 1946 Spook Busters
 1946 Strangler of the Swamp
Ferryman Douglas
 1945 How DOooo You Do
Sheriff Hayworth
 1945 Who's Guilty?
Patton Calvert
 1945 Northwest Trail
 1945 Our Vines Have Tender Grapes
Kurt Jensen
 1945 Hollywood and Vine
Wilson - Abigail's Lawyer (uncredited)
 1944 The Town Went Wild
Sam, Midvale District Attorney
 1944 Black Arrow
Tom Whitney
 1944 Kismet
The Miser (uncredited)
 1944 The Desert Hawk
Koda Bey
 1943 Wagon Wheels West (Short)
Phineas Hook
 1943 Crazy House
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1943 Oklahoma Outlaws (Short)
Judge Ringle
 1943 Batman
Ken Colton [Ch. 6-8] (uncredited)
 1943 Boobs in the Night (Short)
 1943 The Black Raven
Sheriff (as Charlie Middleton)
 1943 Spook Louder (Short)
Graves' Butler (uncredited)
 1943 Hangmen Also Die!
Patriot at Meeting with Svoboda (uncredited)
 1943 Two Weeks to Live
Elmer Kelton (uncredited)
 1942 Perils of Nyoka
 1942 Men of San Quentin
 1942 Mystery of Marie Roget
 1942 Sing Your Worries Away
Judge (uncredited)
 1942 Wild Bill Hickok Rides
Claim Jumping Leader (uncredited)
 1941 Main Street on the March! (Short)
Farmer (uncredited)
 1941 Jungle Man
Rev. James Graham
 1941 Stick to Your Guns
Long Ben (Verdes Bar Owner)
 1941 Belle Starr
 1941 Wild Geese Calling
Doctor Jed Sloan
 1941 The Shepherd of the Hills
Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1941 Sergeant York
Mountaineer (uncredited)
 1941 Ride, Kelly, Ride
Mr. Dunn - Foreman (uncredited)
 1941 Western Union
Stagecoach Rider (uncredited)
 1940 Chad Hanna
Sheriff (scenes deleted)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
Gentry (as Charles Middletown)
 1940 Rangers of Fortune
Water Thug (uncredited)
 1940 Brigham Young
Mob Member (uncredited)
 1940 Gold Rush Maisie
Camp Owner with a Pig (uncredited)
 1940 Women in Hiding (Short)
Alice's Father (uncredited)
 1940 Island of Doomed Men
Captain Cort
 1940 Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise
Mr. Walters
 1940 Shooting High
Hod Carson
 1940 Virginia City
Jefferson Davis
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
Roadblock Leader
 1940 Abe Lincoln in Illinois
Tom Lincoln
 1939 Thou Shalt Not Kill
Lars Olsen
 1939 Gone with the Wind
Man with Stove Pipe Hat in Charge of Convict Workers (uncredited)
 1939 Cowboys from Texas
Kansas Jones
 1939 Allegheny Uprising
Dr. Stoke (uncredited)
 1939 The Flying Deuces
 1939 $1000 a Touchdown
Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1939 Blackmail
Southern Deputy (uncredited)
 1939 One Against the World (Short)
Mr. Crumley (uncredited)
 1939 Way Down South
 1939 Wyoming Outlaw
Luke Parker
 1939 Daredevils of the Red Circle
39013 - Harry Crowel
 1939 Captain Fury
 1939 Juarez
Carbajal (scenes deleted)
 1939 The Oklahoma Kid
Alec Martin
 1939 Jesse James
 1938 Kentucky
 1938 The Law West of Tombstone
Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1938 Strange Faces
Abraham Lincoln look-alike (uncredited)
 1938 Dick Tracy Returns
Pa Stark
 1938 Flaming Frontiers
Ace Daggett (Chs. 5-15)
 1938 Joaquin Murrieta (Short)
Politician (uncredited)
 1938 Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
Emperor Ming
 1938 Jezebel
Officer (uncredited)
 1937 The Man Without a Country (Short)
President Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
 1937 Stand-In
Actor Dressed as Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)
 1937 Conquest
Sergeant at Elba (uncredited)
 1937 Souls at Sea
Jury Foreman (uncredited)
 1937 Slave Ship
Slave Dealer
 1937 Yodelin' Kid from Pine Ridge
Gene Autry Sr.
 1937 The Last Train from Madrid
Warden (uncredited)
 1937 Hollywood Cowboy
Doc Kramer
 1937 Two Gun Law
Wolf Larson
 1937 John Meade's Woman
Farmer (uncredited)
 1937 We're on the Jury
Mr. B.J. Martin - Jury Foreman
 1937 The Good Earth
Banker (uncredited)
 1936 Empty Saddles
Cimarron (Cim) White
 1936 Career Woman
Matt Clay
 1936 Wedding Present
Turnbull (uncredited)
 1936 Ramona
American Settler (uncredited)
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Higgins' Lawyer (uncredited)
 1936 Jailbreak
Dan Stone
 1936 A Son Comes Home
 1936 Show Boat
 1936 Flash Gordon
Ming the Merciless
 1936 Song of the Saddle
Phineas Hook
 1936 Road Gang
Mine Warden Grayson
 1936 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
 1936 Sunset of Power
Neil Brannum (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1936 Rose of the Rancho
Horse Doctor (uncredited)
 1935 Frisco Kid
Speaker (uncredited)
 1935 The Virginia Judge
Cyrus Higgins
 1935 Special Agent
State Police Commander (uncredited)
 1935 Steamboat Round the Bend
Fleety Belle's Father (uncredited)
 1935 Hop-a-Long Cassidy
Buck Peters
 1935 Reckless
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1935 The Miracle Rider
 1935 In Spite of Danger
Mr. Merritt (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1935 The Fixer Uppers (Short)
Pierre Gustave
 1935 Square Shooter
Jed Miller
 1935 The County Chairman
Riley Cleaver
 1934 Red Morning
 1934 Behold My Wife!
Juan Storm Cloud
 1934 Broadway Bill
Veterinarian (uncredited)
 1934 The St. Louis Kid
Sheriff (uncredited)
 1934 When Strangers Meet
John Tarman
 1934 Whom the Gods Destroy
Constable Malcolm (uncredited)
 1934 Murder at the Vanities
Homer Boothby (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1934 Private Scandal
Mr. Baker (uncredited)
 1934 The Last Round-Up
Sheriff (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1934 David Harum
Deacon Perkins
 1934 Nana
Man Announcing Start of the War (uncredited)
 1934 Massacre
Sheriff Scatters
 1933 Mr. Skitch
Frank (uncredited)
 1933 Lone Cowboy
U.S. Marshal (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1933 The World Changes
Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok (uncredited)
 1933 Duck Soup
Prosecutor (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1933 White Woman
Fenton (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1933 Big Executive
 1933 The Bowery
Detective (uncredited)
 1933 Doctor Bull
Mr. Upjohn (uncredited)
 1933 The Road Is Open Again (Short)
Abraham Lincoln (as Chas. Middleton)
 1933 This Day and Age
District Attorney (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1933 Disgraced
District Attorney
 1933 Tomorrow at Seven
Jerry Simons
 1933 The Mystic Hour
Roger Thurston
 1933 Sunset Pass
 1933 The Three Musketeers
El Shaitan-Speaking (uncredited)
 1933 Destination Unknown
 1933 Pick-up
Mr. Brewster
 1932 Silver Dollar
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
 1932 Too Busy to Work
Chief of Police
 1932 Rockabye
District Attorney (uncredited)
 1932 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Train Conductor (uncredited)
 1932 Breach of Promise
Joe Pugmire
 1932 Hell's Highway
Matthew the Hermit
 1932 The Phantom President
Abe Lincoln (uncredited)
 1932 Pack Up Your Troubles
Welfare Association Officer
 1932 Mystery Ranch
Henry Steele
 1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Police Capt. Slade
 1932 The Hatchet Man
Lip Hop Fat
 1932 High Pressure
Mr. Banks
 1932 Forbidden
Pianist (uncredited)
 1931 Manhattan Parade
Sheriff Casey (uncredited)
 1931 X Marks the Spot
Detective Kirby
 1931 Safe in Hell
Lawyer Jones
 1931 A House Divided
 1931 Beau Hunks (Short)
 1931 The Ruling Voice
Board Member (uncredited)
 1931 Sob Sister
City Editor Baker (as Charles D. Middleton)
 1931 A Dangerous Affair
 1931 Palmy Days
 1931 Alexander Hamilton
Rabble Rousing Townsman (uncredited)
 1931 Caught Plastered
Sheriff Flint (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1931 An American Tragedy
Jephson (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1931 The Miracle Woman
 1931 Ships of Hate
Captain Lash
 1930 The Devil's Cabaret (Short)
Mr. Satan (uncredited)
 1930 East Is West
Dr. Fredericks
 1930 Way Out West
Buck Rankin
 1930 Beau Bandit
Lucius J. Perkins (as Charles B. Middleton)
 1930 More Sinned Against Than Usual (Short)
The Morally Indignant Father
 1929 Welcome Danger
John Thorne aka The Dragon (as Chas. Middleton)
 1929 The Far Call
Kris Larsen
 1929 The Bellamy Trial
District Attorney
 1928 The Farmer's Daughter
Hiram Flint
 1928 A Man of Peace (Short)
 1922 The Evil Dead
William Russell
 1920 Wits vs. Wits
Frank Cheny
 1920 The $1, 000, 000 Reward
William Russell
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(2/1/46-3/1/46) Stage: Appeared in "January Thaw" on Broadway.

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Alternate Names:

Charles B. Middleton | Charles D. Middleton | Charlie Middleton | Chas. Middleton | Charles Middletown


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