Charles Ruggles (1886–1970)

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Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Murder in the Private Car Godfrey D. Scott
Bringing Up Baby Major Applegate
The Parent Trap Charles McKendrick


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 1976 Aesop & Son (TV Series)
Aesop (1976) (voice)
 1968 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
- One for My Baby (1968) ... Stimson
 1967 Carousel (TV Movie)
The Starkeeper / Dr. Selden
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Uncle Bennett
- The Guardian (1966) ... Uncle Bennett
 1965-1966 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Lowell Redlings Farquhar
- Granny Lives It Up (1966) ... Lowell Redlings Farquhar (as Charlie Ruggles)
- Mr. Farquhar Stays On (1965) ... Lowell Redlings Farquhar (as Charlie)
- Mrs. Drysdale's Father (1965) ... Lowell Redlings Farquhar (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1966 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (TV Series)
Orville Snipe
- The Triangle (1966) ... Orville Snipe
 1966 Bonanza (TV Series)
Col. Robert Fairchild
- Horse of a Different Hue (1966) ... Col. Robert Fairchild (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1966 Follow Me, Boys!
John Everett Hughes (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1966 Laredo (TV Series)
Major John Cane
- A Taste of Money (1966) ... Major John Cane
 1966 The Ugly Dachshund
Dr. J.L. Pruitt (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1964-1965 Bewitched (TV Series)
Hedley Partridge / Mr. Caldwell
- Aunt Clara's Old Flame (1965) ... Hedley Partridge (as Charlie Ruggles)
- Help, Help, Don't Save Me (1964) ... Mr. Caldwell (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series)
Charlie Wiggens
- Herman's Driving Test (1965) ... Charlie Wiggens
 1965 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
John Canfield
- Aunt Bee, the Swinger (1965) ... John Canfield
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Governor Callahan
- The Ultimate Computer Affair (1965) ... Governor Callahan (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1965 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Jamison Hershey
- Herman (1965) ... Jamison Hershey (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1964 My Living Doll (TV Series)
Jonas Clay
- I'll Leave It to You (1964) ... Jonas Clay (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
O. B. Danberry / Charles Wingfield / I. A. Bugg / ...
- Who Killed Merlin the Great? (1964) ... O. B. Danberry (as Charlie Ruggles)
- Who Killed Lenore Wingfield? (1964) ... Charles Wingfield (as Charlie Ruggles)
- Who Killed Purity Mather? (1963) ... I. A. Bugg (as Charlie Ruggles)
- Who Killed Mr.X? (1963) ... Mr. Gregory (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1964 I'd Rather Be Rich
Dr. Charles Crandall
 1964 Destry (TV Series)
Sheriff Joe Finster
- Deputy for a Day (1964) ... Sheriff Joe Finster
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Victor Harmon
- I'll Get on My Ice Floe and Wave Goodbye (1964) ... Victor Harmon
 1960-1963 The Bullwinkle Show (TV Series)
- The Ruby Yacht: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Aesop (voice, uncredited)
- The Weather Lady: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Aesop (voice, uncredited)
- Louse on 92nd Street: Parts 3-4 (1963) ... Aesop (voice, uncredited)
- Moosylvania Saved: Parts 1-2 (1963) ... Aesop (voice, uncredited)
- Wossamotta U: Parts 7-8 (1963) ... Aesop (voice, uncredited)
 1963 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Eli Harcourt
- A Love Affair Just for Three (1963) ... Eli Harcourt (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Judge Fairbrother / Seals
- The Old Man and the City (1963) ... Judge Fairbrother (as Charlie Ruggles)
- The Court Martial of Captain Wycliff (1962) ... Seals (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1963 Papa's Delicate Condition
Anthony Ghio
 1963 McKeever and the Colonel (TV Series)
Mr. Barnes
- The Big Charade (1963) ... Mr. Barnes (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1963 Son of Flubber
Judge Murdock (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Senator Jerome Archer
- A Servant in the House of My Party (1962) ... Senator Jerome Archer (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1957-1962 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
King Marvin / Dr. Wilcox / Lulubelle's Father / ...
- Rupert the Stupert (1962) ... King Marvin
- Calling Dr. Kadiddlehopper (1962) ... Dr. Wilcox
- Deadeye Turns in His Badge (1959) ... Lulubelle's Father
- Freddie and the Millionaire (1958) ... Mr. Jennings
- Willie on the Wagon (1957) ... Uncle Clarence
 1962 Ernestine (TV Movie)
 1962 The Comedy Spot (TV Series)
Charles McDougal
- The Soft Touch (1962) ... Charles McDougal (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1962 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Will Grady
- Mr. Grady Regrets (1962) ... Will Grady
 1961 The Ginger Rogers Show (TV Movie)
Eli Harcourt
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
George Beaumont
- The Highest Wall (1961) ... George Beaumont (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1961 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Mr. Devereaux
- Hassie's European Trip (1961) ... Mr. Devereaux (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1961 The Parent Trap
Charles McKendrick (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1961 The Pleasure of His Company
Mackenzie Savage
 1961 The Chevy Show (TV Series)
Bert Hewitt
- Happiest Day (1961) ... Bert Hewitt (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1961 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Bert Hewitt, Kathy's father
- Happiest Day (1961) ... Bert Hewitt, Kathy's father
 1961 All in a Night's Work
Dr. Warren Kingsley Sr. (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1960 The Jim Backus Show (TV Series)
Sonny Slote
- The Marry-Go-Round (1960) ... Sonny Slote
 1960 The Best of the Post (TV Series)
Grampa Baker
- The Little Terror (1960) ... Grampa Baker
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- The Sitter's Baby (1960) ... Grandpa (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1960 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- Time to Retire (1960) ... Arthur (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1959 Once Upon a Christmas Time (TV Movie)
 1959 The Bells of St. Mary's (TV Movie)
Horace Bogardus
 1954-1958 Studio One (TV Series)
J.D. Spencer
- A Delicate Affair (1958) ... J.D. Spencer
- The Runaway (1954)
 1957-1958 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Mr. Parker
- Help for Honeybee (1958) ... Mr. Parker
- The Letter (1958) ... Mr. Parker
- The New Den (1957)
- Father-In-Law Versus Father-In-Law (1957) ... Mr. Parker
 1956-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dean Damon / Murphy - Hack Driver
- The Male Animal (1958) ... Dean Damon
- Eloise (1956) ... Murphy - Hack Driver
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Amos Currie
- A Cloud for Jeni (1957)
- The Luck of Amos Currie (1956) ... Amos Currie
 1954-1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Justice Jarvis Boone / Mr. Austin
- Crisis in Corona (1957) ... Justice Jarvis Boone
- Welcome Home (1954) ... Mr. Austin
 1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Dan Genessen
- Let It Be Me (1957) ... Dan Genessen
 1956-1957 Conflict (TV Series)
B. O. Boyne
- Man from 1997 (1956) ... B. O. Boyne (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1954-1955 The World of Mr. Sweeney (TV Series)
Cicero P. Sweeney
- Episode #1.344 (1955) ... Cicero P. Sweeney
- Episode #1.345 (1955) ... Cicero P. Sweeney
- Episode #1.343 (1955) ... Cicero P. Sweeney
- Episode #1.341 (1955) ... Cicero P. Sweeney
- Episode #1.342 (1955) ... Cicero P. Sweeney
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Mordecai Muldoon
- The Muldoon Matter (1954) ... Mordecai Muldoon
 1954 The Kate Smith Hour (TV Series)
Cicero P. Sweeney
 1953 Ben and Me (Short)
Ben Franklin (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- The Consul (1953)
 1949-1952 The Ruggles (TV Series)
Charlie Ruggles / Charle Ruggles
- Family Honeymoon (1952) ... Charlie Ruggles
- Invitation to a Wedding (1952) ... Charlie Ruggles
- Episode #3.32 (1952) ... Charlie Ruggles
- Episode #3.30 (1952) ... Charlie Ruggles
- Episode #3.22 (1952) ... Charlie Ruggles
 1952 The Las Vegas Story
Fisherman, murdered (uncredited)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Lesson for Eddy (1949) ... Eddy (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1949 Look for the Silver Lining
Caro 'Pop' Miller
 1949 The Lovable Cheat
Claude Mercadet
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Toby Helper (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue
Michael J. O'Connor (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1947 Ramrod
Ben Dickason (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1947 My Brother Talks to Horses
Richard Pennington Roeder
 1946 The Perfect Marriage
Dale Williams, Sr.
 1946 Gallant Journey
Jim Montgomery
 1946 A Stolen Life
Freddie Linley (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Cherokee Jim
 1945 Bedside Manner
Dr. J.H. 'Doc' Fredericks
 1944 Three Is a Family
Sam Whitaker
 1944 Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Otis Skinner
 1944 The Doughgirls
Stanley Slade
 1944 The Road to Victory (Short)
Mr. Ames (uncredited)
 1944 The Shining Future (Short)
Mr. Ames
 1943 Dixie Dugan
Pa Dugan
 1942 Friendly Enemies
Heinrich Block
 1941 The Perfect Snob
Dr. Edgar Mason
 1941 Go West, Young Lady
Jim Pendergast (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1941 The Parson of Panamint
Chuckawalla Bill Redfield
 1941 Model Wife
Milo Everett
 1941 Honeymoon for Three
Harvey Wilson (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1940 The Invisible Woman
George (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1940 No Time for Comedy
Philo Swift (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1940 Public Deb No. 1
 1940 Maryland
Dick Piper
 1940 Opened by Mistake
Buzz Nelson (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1940 The Farmer's Daughter
Nickie North
 1939 Balalaika
Nicki Popoff (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1939 Night Work
Homer C. Fitch (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1939 Invitation to Happiness
Henry 'Pop' Hardy
 1939 Sudden Money
Sweeney J. Patterson
 1939 Boy Trouble
Homer Fitch (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1938 His Exciting Night
Adam Tripp (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1938 Service de Luxe
Scott Robinson
 1938 Breaking the Ice
Samuel Terwilliger
 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (Documentary short)
Charley Riggles
 1938 Hollywood Handicap (Short)
Charlie Ruggles (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Major Applegate (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1937 Exclusive
Tod Swain
 1937 Turn Off the Moon
J. Elliott Dinwiddy (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1936 Mind Your Own Business
Orville Shanks
 1936 Wives Never Know
Homer Bigelow (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1936 Hollywood Boulevard
Charles Ruggles - Actor - Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
 1936 Yours for the Asking
Sunbather (uncredited)
 1936 Hearts Divided
Henry (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1936 Early to Bed
Chester Beatty (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1936 The Preview Murder Mystery
Charles Ruggles (uncredited)
 1936 Anything Goes
Moonface Martin - Rev. Dr. Moon
 1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
Wilbur Sealingsworth
 1935 No More Ladies
Edgar (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1935 People Will Talk
Henry Wilton
 1935 Ruggles of Red Gap
Egbert Floud (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1934 The Pursuit of Happiness
Aaron Kirkland
 1934 Friends of Mr. Sweeney
Asaph 'Ace' Holliday (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1934 Murder in the Private Car
Godfrey D. Scott (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1934 Melody in Spring
Warren Blodgett (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1934 Six of a Kind
J. Pinkham Whinney (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1933 Alice in Wonderland
March Hare (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1933 Girl Without a Room
Vergil Crock (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1933 Good-bye Love
Oswald Groggs
 1933 Mama Loves Papa
Wilbur Todd
 1933 Melody Cruise
Pete Wells (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1933 Terror Aboard
Blackie Witherspoon (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1933 Murders in the Zoo
Peter Yates (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 Madame Butterfly
Lt. Barton
 1932 If I Had a Million
Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 Evenings for Sale
 1932 Trouble in Paradise
The Major (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 The Night of June 13
Philo Strawn (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 70, 000 Witnesses
Johnny Moran (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 Love Me Tonight
Viscount Gilbert de Varèze (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1932 Make Me a Star
Charles Ruggles (uncredited)
 1932 This Is the Night
Bunny West
 1932 One Hour with You
 1932 This Reckless Age
Goliath Whitney
 1931 Husband's Holiday
Clyde Saunders
 1931 Beloved Bachelor
Jerry Wells
 1931 The Girl Habit
Charlie Floyd
 1931 The Smiling Lieutenant
Max (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1931 Honor Among Lovers
Monty Dunn
 1930 Charley's Aunt
Lord Fancourt Babberley (as Charlie Ruggles)
 1930 Her Wedding Night
Bertie Bird
 1930 Queen High
T. Boggs Johns
 1930 Young Man of Manhattan
Shorty Ross
 1930 Roadhouse Nights
Willie Bindbugel
 1929 Battle of Paris
 1929 The Lady Lies
Charlie Tayler
 1929 Gentlemen of the Press
Charlie Haven
 1923 The Heart Raider
Gaspard McMahon (an insurance clerk)
 1915 The Reform Candidate
Loony Jim
 1915 Peer Gynt
The Button Molder
 1915 The Majesty of the Law
Lawrence Evans
 1914 The Patchwork Girl of Oz
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Stage: Appeared (as "Mackenzie Savage") in "The Pleasure of His Company" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Samuel A. Taylor in collaboration with Cornelia Otis Skinner. Directed by Cyril Ritchard. Longacre Theatre (moved to The Music Box Theatre from 15 Jun 1959-close): 22 Oct 1958-21 Nov 1959 (474 performances). Cast: Cyril Ritchard (... See more »

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Wesley Ruggles (sibling)

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[Future plans include] Forest Lawn, I guess. After you've played everything I have, there ain't no more.


His second wife, Marion La Barba, whom he married in 1942, was the former wife of featherweight boxing champ Fidel LaBarba. The couple were both animal lovers and at one point during their marriage had amassed 94 pets. See more »


The line, "Oh, my, my, my."



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