Charles Lane

Place of birth:
San Francisco, California, USA:
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.


The History of Hooterville (2005)
as Self
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995)
Acting on Impulse (1993)
as Bellhop
Murphy's Romance (1985)
as Amos Abbott
Sunset Limousine (1983)
as Reinhammer
Strange Invaders (1983)
as Prof. Hollister
Strange Behavior (1981)
as Donovan
The Little Dragons (1980)
as J.J.
Movie Movie (1978)
as Judge
Long Way Home (1975)
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
as Dr. Scoggins
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
as Judge
The Ghost & Mr. Chicken (1966)
as Whitlow
Billie (1965)
as Coach Jones
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965)
as 'Strife' Magazine Editor
Looking for Love (1964)
as Screen test director
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
as Jack Bailey
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
as Denby
The Wheeler Dealers (1963)
as Judge
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
as Airport Manager
Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)
as Mr. Cosgrove
The Music Man (1962)
as Constable
But Not for Me (1959)
as Al Atwood
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
as Standard Bates
The Mating Game (1959)
as Bigelow
Teacher's Pet (1958)
as Roy
God Is My Partner (1957)
as Judge Warner
Tom and Jerry (1955)
as Joseph P. Garrity
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953)
as Prof. Obispo
Remains to Be Seen (1953)
as Delapp
The Juggler (1953)
as Rosenberg
The Sniper (1952)
as Loud Drunk at Paper Doll Club
Here Comes the Groom (1951)
as Ralph Burchard
I Can Get it For You Wholesale (1951)
as Herman Pulvermacher (uncredited)
The Second Face (1950)
as Mr. Westcott
Riding High (1950)
as Erickson
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
as L.A. Casualty Co. Executive (uncredited)
The House Across the Street (1949)
as Apartment Manager
Mighty Joe Young (1949)
as Producer (uncredited)
You're My Everything (1949)
as Mr. Eddie Pflum (uncredited)
Apartment for Peggy (1948)
as Prof. Collins (uncredited)
Out of the Storm (1948)
as Mr. Evans
Smart Woman (1948)
as Reporter
State of the Union (1948)
as Blink Moran
Call Northside 777 (1948)
as Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Intrigue (1947)
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Roses Are Red (1947)
as Lipton
Bury Me Dead (1947)
as Brighton
Living in a Big Way (1947)
as Hawkins (uncredited)
It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
as Landlord (uncredited)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
as Real Estate Salesman
The Invisible Informer (1946)
as Nick Steele
Mysterious Intruder (1946)
as Detective Burns
Just Before Dawn (1946)
as Dr. Steiner (uncredited)
A Close Call for Boston Blackie (1946)
as Hack Hagen (uncredited)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
as Reporter at Marriage License Office
Mission to Moscow (1943)
as Man in Kitchenin Montage (uncredited)
Pardon My Sarong (1942)
as Bus Company Superintendent (uncredited)
Friendly Enemies (1942)
as Braun
Lady in a Jam (1942)
as Government Man
Thru Different Eyes (1942)
as Mott
They All Kissed the Bride (1942)
as Spotter
The Mad Martindales (1942)
as Virgil Hickling
Sunday Punch (1942)
as Ringside spectator at Ole's first fight (uncredited)
Broadway (1942)
as Hungry Harry
Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942)
as Gould Beaton, Sargent's Lawyer
Home in Wyomin' (1942)
as Newspaper Editor
About Face (1942)
as Rental Car Manager
The Great Man's Lady (1942)
as Pierce (uncredited)
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
as Private Detective Smith
The Adventures of Martin Eden (1942)
What's Cookin'? (1942)
as K.D. Reynolds
Born to Sing (1942)
as Johnny
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)
as Martin Manning (uncredited)
The Lady Is Willing (1942)
as K.K. Miller
A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942)
as Coroner
A Gentleman at Heart (1942)
as Holloway
Sealed Lips (1942)
as Attorney Emanuel 'Manny' T. Dixon
Ball of Fire (1941)
as Larsen
Birth of the Blues (1941)
as Wilbur - Theater Manager (uncredited)
Appointment for Love (1941)
as Smith (uncredited)
New York Town (1941)
as Census Taker (uncredited)
I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
as Keating- Florist
Three Girls About Town (1941)
as Mortician
Buy Me That Town (1941)
as J. Montague Gainsborough
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)
as Dr. Prouty (coroner)
The Big Store (1941)
as Finance Company Man (uncredited)
Sis Hopkins (1941)
as Mayor's aide
Barnacle Bill (1941)
as Auctioneer
Repent at Leisure (1941)
as Clarence Morgan
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)
as Doc Prouty
Back Street (1941)
as Reporter for Associated News
The Invisible Woman (1940)
as Growley
The Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
as Train Passenger
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940)
as Dr. Prouty
Dancing on a Dime (1940)
as Freeman Taylor
Blondie Plays Cupid (1940)
as Train Conductor (uncredited)
City for Conquest (1940)
as Al - Dance Team Manager (uncredited)
The Leather Pushers (1940)
as Henry 'Mitch' Mitchell
The Great Profile (1940)
as Director
Rhythm on the River (1940)
as Bernard Schwartz
We Who Are Young (1940)
as Perkins
Buck Benny Rides Again (1940)
as Charlie Graham
You Can't Fool Your Wife (1940)
as Salesman
The Crooked Road (1940)
as Phil Wesner, Defense Attorney
Edison, the Man (1940)
as Second Lecturer
The Doctor Takes a Wife (1940)
as Reporter
Johnny Apollo (1940)
as Assistant D.A.
Primrose Path (1940)
as Mr. 'Smitty' Smith / Hawkins (uncredited)
It's a Date (1940)
as Mr. Horner (uncredited)
Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)
as Charlie's Doctor
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
as Reporter
Beware Spooks! (1939)
as Moore
Television Spy (1939)
as Mr. Adler
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
as Nosey
Honeymoon in Bali (1939)
as Photographer (uncredited)
5th Ave Girl (1939)
as Union Representative (uncredited)
Golden Boy (1939)
as Reporter Drake
Miracles For Sale (1939)
as Fleetwood Apartments Desk Clerk
They All Come Out (1939)
as Psychiatrist
News Is Made at Night (1939)
as District Attorney Rufe Reynolds
Second Fiddle (1939)
as Studio Chief
Lucky Night (1939)
as Carpenter
Rose of Washington Square (1939)
as Sam Kress
Let Us Live (1939)
as Auto Show Salesman (uncredited)
Inside Story (1939)
as District Attorney
Boy Slaves (1939)
as Albee
Kentucky (1938)
as Auctioneer
Blondie (1938)
as Furniture Salesman (uncredited)
Always in Trouble (1938)
as Donald Gower
Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
as Cleaning Store Manager (uncredited)
You Can't Take It with You (1938)
as Henderson
Professor Beware (1938)
as Joe - Photographer
The Rage of Paris (1938)
as Department Head (Uncredited)
Cocoanut Grove (1938)
as Weaver
Joy of Living (1938)
as Fan in Margaret's Dressing Room (Uncredited)
Nothing Sacred (1937)
as Rubenstein (uncredited)
Ali Baba Goes to Town (1937)
as Doctor
Danger - Love at Work (1937)
as Gilroy, an attorney
Hot Water (1937)
as Grayson
Trapped by G-Men (1937)
as Fingers
Bad Guy (1937)
as Attorney
One Mile From Heaven (1937)
as Webb
Born Reckless (1937)
as Barnes's lawyer
Big Business (1937)
as Webster - Bank Representative
Venus Makes Trouble (1937)
as District Attorney
Internes Can't Take Money (1937)
as Grote
We're on the Jury (1937)
as Horace Smith
Easy to Take (1936)
as Skip
Lady Luck (1936)
as Feinberg
36 Hours to Kill (1936)
as Lawyer Rickert
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
as Hallor (uncredited)
The Milky Way (1936)
as Willard
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936)
as Man in Front Row (archive footage)
Two for Tonight (1935)
as Writer
Here Comes the Band (1935)
as Mr. Scurry
Woman Wanted (1935)
as Defense Attorney Herman (uncredited)
Ginger (1935)
as Judge (uncredited)
The Florentine Dagger (1935)
as Man in Front Row (archive footage)
One More Spring (1935)
as Representative
The Bands Plays On (1934)
as Shyster Lawyer
A Wicked Woman (1934)
as Defense Attorney Beardsley (uncredited)
Broadway Bill (1934)
as Morgan's Henchman (uncredited)
I'll Fix It (1934)
as Al Nathan
Let's Talk It Over (1934)
as Reporter
Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934)
as Reporter (uncredited)
Twentieth Century (1934)
as Max Jacobs
Looking for Trouble (1934)
as Switchboard Operator
The Show-Off (1934)
as Mr. Weitzenkorn
Mr. Skitch (1933)
as Hotel Clerk
Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933)
as Columnist #2
The Bowery (1933)
as Doctor (uncredited)
My Woman (1933)
as Conn
She Had to Say Yes (1933)
as Mr. Bernstein (uncredited)
Private Detective 62 (1933)
as Process Server (uncredited)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
as Society Reporter (uncredited)
Central Airport (1933)
as Amarillo Radio Operator (uncredited)
42nd Street (1933)
as Playwright (uncredited)
Blondie Johnson (1933)
as Cashier (uncredited)
Grand Slam (1933)
as Waiter at Nicolai Restaurant
Employees' Entrance (1933)
as Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Blessed Event (1932)
as Kane
The Mouthpiece (1932)
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Union Depot (1932)
as Luggage Checkroom Clerk (uncredited)
Manhattan Parade (1931)
as Desk clerk
Blonde Crazy (1931)
as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
The Road to Singapore (1931)
as Desk Clerk at Club
Smart Money (1931)
as Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
City Girl (1930)
as Man at Train Station
Service for Ladies (1927)
as Elizabeth's father © 2020

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