Charley Grapewin

Place of birth:
Xenia, Ohio, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Aunt Em's husband, Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941). He usually portrayed elderly folksy-type characters in a rustic setting, in all appearing in over 100 films. He was the oldest cast member of The Wizard of Oz. Born in Xenia, Ohio, Charles Ellsworth Grapewin ran away from home to be a circus acrobat which led him to work as an aerialist and trapeze artist in a traveling circus before turning to acting. He traveled all over the world with the famous P. T. Barnum circus. Grapewin also appeared in the original 1903 Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz, 36 years before he would appear in the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film version. After this he continued in theatre, on and offstage, for the next thirty years, starting with various stock companies, and wrote stage plays as a vehicle for himself. His sole Broadway theatre credit was the short-lived play It's Up to You John Henry in 1905. Grapewin married actress Anna Chance (1875–1943) in 1896, and they remained a devoted couple until her death some 47 years later. Two years after his first wife's death, Grapewin married Loretta McGowan Becker on Jan 10, 1945. Grapewin began in silent films at the turn of the twentieth century. His very first films were two "moving image shorts" made by Frederick S. Armitage and released in November 1900; Chimmie Hicks at the Races (also known as Above the Limit) and Chimmie Hicks and the Rum Omelet, both shot in September and October 1900 and released in November of that year. During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s. Grapewin died of natural causes in Corona, California at age 86, and his ashes are interred with his wife's in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, at the Great Mausoleum's Columbarium of Inspiration. ​


That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
as (archive footage)
The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)
When I Grow Up (1951)
as Grandpa Reed
Sand (1949)
as Doug
The Enchanted Valley (1948)
as Grandpa
Gunfighters (1947)
as Rancher Inskip
Atlantic City (1944)
as Jake Taylor
The Impatient Years (1944)
as Benjamin L. Pidgeon, Bellboy
Follow the Boys (1944)
as Nick West
Crash Dive (1943)
as Pop
Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (1942)
as Inspector Richard Queen
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (1942)
as Insp. Queen
A Close Call for Ellery Queen (1942)
as Insp. Queen
They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
as California Joe
Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (1941)
as Insp. Queen
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (1941)
as Insp. Queen
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (1941)
as Insp. Queen
Tobacco Road (1941)
as Jeeter Lester
The Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940)
as Ben Caldwalder
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940)
as Insp. Queen
Rhythm on the River (1940)
as Uncle Caleb
Earthbound (1940)
as Mr. Whimser
Johnny Apollo (1940)
as Judge Emmett T. Brennan
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
as Grandpa Joad
Sabotage (1939)
as Major Matt Grayson
Hero for a Day (1939)
as Uncle Frank "Lucky" Higgins
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
as Pop, a Brakeman
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
as Uncle Henry
The Man Who Dared (1939)
as Ulysses Porterfield
Sudden Money (1939)
as Grandpa Casey Patterson
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939)
as Doc Heath
Stand Up and Fight (1939)
as 'Old Puff'
Artists and Models Abroad (1938)
as James Harper
Listen, Darling (1938)
as Joe Higgins
Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
as Grandpa Briggs
Three Comrades (1938)
as Local Doctor
The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
as Uncle Davy
Of Human Hearts (1938)
as Jim Meeker
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937)
as Barney Lane
Big City (1937)
as Robert, the Mayor
Bad Guy (1937)
as Dan Gray
Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
as James K. Blakeley
Between Two Women (1937)
as Dr. Webster
Captains Courageous (1937)
as Uncle Salters
The Good Earth (1937)
as Old Father
A Family Affair (1937)
as Frank Redmond
Breakdowns of 1936 (1936)
as Himself
Sinner Take All (1936)
as Aaron
Without Orders (1936)
as J.P. Kendrick
Libeled Lady (1936)
as Hollis Bane
Small Town Girl (1936)
as Dr. Ned Fabre
The Voice of Bugle Ann (1936)
as Cal Royster
The Petrified Forest (1936)
as Gramp Maple
Ah, Wilderness! (1935)
as Dave McComber
Rendezvous (1935)
as Prof. Martin
King Solomon of Broadway (1935)
as Uncle Winchester
Alice Adams (1935)
as J. A. Lamb
Shanghai (1935)
as Truesdale
One Frightened Night (1935)
as Jasper Whyte
Party Wire (1935)
as Will Oliver
Eight Bells (1935)
as Grayson
In Spite of Danger (1935)
as Pop Sullivan
Caravan (1934)
as Notary
Anne of Green Gables (1934)
as Dr. Tatum
The President Vanishes (1934)
as Richard Norton
Judge Priest (1934)
as Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
The Loudspeaker (1934)
as Pop Calloway
She Made Her Bed (1934)
as Joe Olesen
The Quitter (1934)
as Ed Tilford
Two Alone (1934)
as Sandy Roberts
Female (1933)
as Drunk at Hamburger Stand (Uncredited)
Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
as Mr. Cadman (uncredited)
Torch Singer (1933)
as Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Beauty for Sale (1933)
as Freddy Gordon
Turn Back the Clock (1933)
as Dr. Henderson (uncredited)
Don't Bet on Love (1933)
as Patrick McCaffrey
Midnight Mary (1933)
as Clerk
Heroes for Sale (1933)
as Pa Dennis
The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
as Schultz
Hello, Everybody! (1933)
as Jed
No Man of Her Own (1932)
as George, a Concessions Clerk
Wild Horse Mesa (1932)
as Sam Bass
The Night of June 13 (1932)
as "Grandpop" Jeptha Strawn
American Madness (1932)
as Mr. Jones (uncredited)
The Washington Masquerade (1932)
as Senator Simmons (uncredited)
The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
as Andy
Huddle (1932)
as Doctor
Are You Listening? (1932)
as Pierce
The Big Timer (1932)
as Pop Baldwin
Hell's House (1932)
as Henry Clark
Heaven on Earth (1931)
as Doc Boax
Gold Dust Gertie (1931)
as Nicholas Hautrey
The Millionaire (1931)
as Ed Powers
Only Saps Work (1930)
as Simeon Tanner
Above the Limit (1900)
as Chimmie Hicks © 2021

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