Charles Lane

IVA Star Rating : 75
Charles Lane was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 72 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 95 as a narrator in 2000. 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). read more

Charles Lane was an American character actor and centenarian whose career spanned 72 years. Lane gave his last performance at the age of 95 as a narrator in 2000. 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.

Birth Name

Charles Gerstle Levison


Thursday, 26 January 1905


Monday, 09 July 2007

Actor Filmography

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Regent Yarborough 1995
Acting on Impulse Bellhop 1993
Dark Shadows Antique Dealer 1991
War and Remembrance Adm. William Standley 1988
Date with an Angel Father O'Shea 1987
When the Bough Breaks Van der Graaf 1986
L.A. Law Walter Graf 1986
Murphy's Romance Amos Abbott 1985
Otherworld Mr. Velcrows Widley 1985
Hunter Motel Owner 1984
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Regent Yarborough 1995
Acting on Impulse Bellhop 1993
Dark Shadows Antique Dealer 1991
War and Remembrance Adm. William Standley 1988
Date with an Angel Father O'Shea 1987
When the Bough Breaks Van der Graaf 1986
L.A. Law Walter Graf 1986
Murphy's Romance Amos Abbott 1985
Otherworld Mr. Velcrows Widley 1985
Hunter Motel Owner 1984
Sunset Limousine Reinhammer 1983
Strange Invaders Professor Hollister / Prof. Hollister 1983
The New Leave It to Beaver Mr. Strawn 1983
The Winds of War Adm. William Standley 1983
St. Elsewhere Richard Welte 1982
Strange Behavior Donovan 1981
The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies Chief 1981
The Little Dragons J.J. 1980
Movie Movie Judge / Mr. Pennington / Judge (segment "Dynamite Hands") / Mr. Pennington (segment "Baxter's Beauties of 1933") 1978
Mork & Mindy Judge Baker 1978
Lou Grant Mort Farber, Rupert Hume 1977
Soap Judge Petrillo, Judge Anthony Petrillo 1977
ABC Weekend Specials Walter Becker 1977
Sybil Dr. Quinoness 1976
Family James Lawrence 1976
The Family Holvak Deacon Hurd 1975
Karen Dale Busch 1975
Chico and the Man Fred Cripps 1974
Rhoda Mr. Fosner 1974
Little House on the Prairie Jess Moffet 1974
Adam's Rib Mayor 1973
The Girl with Something Extra Segram 1973
The Sandy Duncan Show Judge 1972
Maude Doc Pritchard 1972
The New Temperatures Rising Show Fulton Briggs 1972
Get to Know Your Rabbit Mr. Beeman 1972
The Rookies Dealer 1972
Hitched Round Tree 1971
The Aristocats Lawyer 1970
The Odd Couple Sid 1970
Nanny and the Professor Ticket Seller, Driving Inspector 1970
The Debbie Reynolds Show Samson 1969
Medical Center Dr. Kelford 1969
The Doris Day Show Judge Carter 1968
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mountain Lion 1968
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Dr. Shapiro 1968
Judd for the Defense Bridgeman 1967
The Flying Nun Mr. O' Reilly 1967
He & She Mr. Simpson 1967
The Gnome-Mobile Dr. Scoggins 1967
Eight on the Lam Bank Examiner 1967
The Phyllis Diller Show Maxwell 1966
Love on a Rooftop Bert Bennington 1966
The Ugly Dachshund Judge 1966
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Lawyer Whitlow / Whitlow 1966
Get Smart Uncle Abner 1965
My Brother the Angel Wiggins 1965
Honey West Ash 1965
The Wild Wild West Roger Creed 1965
Green Acres Mr. Wilson 1965
Please Don't Eat the Daisies Man 1965
F Troop Mr. S. A. MacGuire 1965
Billie Coach Jones 1965
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! 'Strife' Magazine Editor 1965
Gomer Pyle: USMC General Richards, Charlie 1964
The Munsters Mr. Holmes 1964
The Cara Williams Show McAvie 1964
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Ralph Harrison 1964
Kentucky Jones Doc Axby 1964
Bewitched Shotwell, Mr. Roland, Mr. Harmon, Mr. Cushman, Jessie Mortimer, Harold Jameson, George Meiklejohn, Ed Hotchkiss 1964
Wendy and Me Mr. Benson 1964
Looking for Love Director 1964
Good Neighbor Sam Jack Bailey 1964
The New Interns Connors 1964
The Carpetbaggers Denby 1964
The Wheeler Dealers Judge 1963
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Airport Manager 1963
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Charles Eckhardt 1963
Petticoat Junction Homer Bedloe 1963
The Bill Dana Show Doctor, Mr. Hanley 1963
The Farmer's Daughter Clerk 1963
Burke's Law Dr. Lusk 1963
Temple Houston Amos Riggs 1963
Papa's Delicate Condition Mr. Cosgrove 1963
The Lucy Show Mr. Barnsdahl 1962
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Caleb 1962
The Beverly Hillbillies Foster Phinney, Homer Bedloe, Billy Hacker 1962
McKeever and the Colonel Mayor 1962
Saints and Sinners Faye 1962
The Music Man Constable Locke / Constable 1962
The Bob Newhart Show Self 1961
The Joey Bishop Show Mr. Cosgrove 1961
Mister Ed Charley Foster 1961
The Jim Backus Show Alfred 1960
The Andy Griffith Show Mr. Frisby 1960
Surfside 6 Cyrus Radford, Joseph Cooper 1960
Guestward Ho! Mr. Langdon 1960
Pete and Gladys Mr. Vincent, Slater 1960
The Tab Hunter Show Dr. Spike 1960
Hawaiian Eye Crosby Page 1959
Dennis the Menace Lawrence Finch 1959
The Twilight Zone Mr. Peckinpaugh 1959
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Zoology Teacher, Prof. McGuffy, P.T. Atwater, Chester L. Wayzack, Esq., Charlie Wayzack, Charles Wayzak 1959
The DuPont Show with June Allyson Dr. Shelley 1959
Fibber McGee and Molly Bill Gordon 1959
But Not for Me Al Atwood 1959
The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock Stanford Bates / Standard Bates 1959
The Mating Game Inspector General Bigelow / Bigelow 1959
The Untouchables Alcatraz Official 1959
Grand Jury George Presby 1959
77 Sunset Strip Henry Distal 1958
The Ann Sothern Show Cameron 1958
Lawman Morris Weeks 1958
The Donna Reed Show Mr. Samson 1958
Teacher's Pet Roy 1958
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Claims Clerk, Customs Officer 1957
How to Marry a Millionaire Emil Quincy, Mr. Parkhurst 1957
The Real McCoys Harry Poulson, Man, Mr. Leland 1957
The Gray Ghost Hall 1957
Goodyear Theatre Adam 1957
The Restless Gun Mayor Peter Mercer 1957
Maverick Proprietor 1957
Perry Mason Dr. Williams 1957
The Thin Man Harry Gordon 1957
Bachelor Father Mr. Pettigrew 1957
Richard Diamond, Private Detective Lt. Kevin Anders 1957
Top Secret Affair Bill Hadley 1957
Whirlybirds Larkin 1957
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna Pierce 1956
The Birds and the Bees Charlie Jenkins - Bartender 1956
Telephone Time Josiah 1956
The People's Choice Manager 1955
Screen Directors Playhouse Joseph P. Garrity 1955
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial Grayson 1955
Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre Henry 1955
Kiss Me Deadly Doctor 1955
The Millionaire Simon Whipple 1955
The Bob Cummings Show S. J. Jollisson 1955
The Magical World of Disney Dr. Scroggins, Judge, Mr. Pfeiffer 1954
The Lineup Gallagher 1954
Studio 57 Henry 1954
Willy Willy's Boss 1954
Dear Phoebe Mr. Fosdick, G. R.. Fosdick / Mr. Fosdick 1954
Topper Mr. Kittler 1953
The Danny Thomas Show Oliver Watkins, Mr. Baker 1953
The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Chemistry Professor Obispo / Prof. Obispo 1953
Remains to Be Seen Delapp (examiner) / Delapp 1953
The Juggler Rosenberg 1953
Three for Bedroom C Trainman 1952
The Sniper Drunk in Bar / Loud Drunk at Club 1952
I Love Lucy Casting Director, Mr. Hickox, Mr. Stanley, Passport Office Clerk 1951
Here Comes the Groom Ralph Burchard / FBI Agent Ralph Burchard 1951
Criminal Lawyer Frederick Waterman 1951
I Can Get It for You Wholesale Herman Pulvermacher 1951
For Heaven's Sake Arthur Crane (IRS) 1950
The Second Face Mr. West - Insurance Claims Adjustor / Mr. Westcott 1950
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Mr. Fitzpatrick, Joe Crawford, Arthur Stebbins 1950
Lux Video Theatre Walter Medford 1950
Rookie Fireman Loan Officer 1950
Love That Brute Joe Evans - Cigar Store Owner 1950
Riding High Erickson 1950
The Yellow Cab Man L.A. Casualty Co. Executive 1950
Borderline Peterson - U.S. Customs Man 1950
Backfire Dr. Nolan 1950
Miss Grant Takes Richmond Mr. Woodruff 1949
The House Across the Street Apartment Manager 1949
Mighty Joe Young Producer 1949
You're My Everything Mr. Eddie Pflum 1949
Mother Is a Freshman Mr. De Haven 1949
The Boy with Green Hair Passerby 1948
Moonrise Mr. Chandler - Man in Black 1948
Apartment for Peggy Prof. Collins 1948
Out of the Storm Mr. Evans 1948
The Gentleman from Nowhere Fenmore 1948
Race Street Switchboard Operator-Clerk 1948
Smart Woman Reporter 1948
State of the Union Blink Moran 1948
Call Northside 777 Prosecuting Attorney 1948
Louisiana McCormack 1947
Roses Are Red Lipton 1947
Bury Me Dead Brighton / Mr. Brighton 1947
Intrigue Hotel Desk Clerk 1947
Living in a Big Way Hawkins 1947
It Happened on Fifth Avenue Landlord 1947
The Farmer's Daughter Jackson 1947
It's a Wonderful Life Real Estate Salesman 1946
Swell Guy Ben Tilwell 1946
The Show-Off Quiz Master 1946
The Invisible Informer Nick Steele 1946
Mysterious Intruder Detective Burns 1946
Just Before Dawn Dr. Steiner 1946
A Close Call for Boston Blackie Hack Hagen 1946
Arsenic and Old Lace Reporter / Reporter at Marriage License Office 1944
Mission to Moscow Man in Kitchenin Montage 1943
Flying Tigers Repkin 1942
Pardon My Sarong Bus Company Superintendent 1942
Friendly Enemies Braun 1942
Lady in a Jam Government Man 1942
Thru Different Eyes Mott 1942
Are Husbands Necessary? Mr. Brooks 1942
They All Kissed the Bride Spotter 1942
The Mad Martindales Virgil Hickling 1942
Sunday Punch Ringside Spectator at Ole's First Fight 1942
Tarzan's New York Adventure Gould Beaton / Sargent's Lawyer Gould Beaton 1942
Home in Wyomin' Newspaper Editor 1942
About Face Rental Car Manager / Garage Manager 1942
Broadway Hungry Harry 1942
Yokel Boy Cynic 1942
The Adventures of Martin Eden Mr. White, Publisher / Mr. White 1942
What's Cookin' K.D. Reynolds 1942
Born to Sing Johnny 1942
Ride 'Em Cowboy Martin Manning 1942
The Lady Is Willing K.K. Miller 1942
Obliging Young Lady Private Detective Smith 1942
A Close Call for Ellery Queen Coroner 1942
A Gentleman at Heart Holloway 1942
Ball of Fire Larsen 1942
Sealed Lips Attorney Emanuel 'Manny' T. Dixon 1942
Look Who's Laughing Club Secretary 1941
Birth of the Blues Wilbur - Theater Manager 1941
New York Town Census Taker 1941
I Wake Up Screaming Keating / Keating- Florist 1941
The Great Man's Lady Pierce 1941
Appointment for Love Smith 1941
Three Girls About Town Mortician 1941
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break Man 1941
Buy Me That Town J. Montague Gainsborough 1941
Sing Another Chorus Ryan 1941
Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Dr. Prouty / Dr. Prouty (coroner) 1941
Blondie in Society Washing Machine Salesman 1941
The Big Store Finance Company Man 1941
Sis Hopkins Rollo / Mayor's aide 1941
Barnacle Bill Auctioneer 1941
Repent at Leisure Clarence Morgan 1941
Footlight Fever Link - Insurance Agent 1941
Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Doc Prouty 1941
You're the One Announcer 1941
Back Street Reporter for Associated News / Blake 1941
The Invisible Woman Growley 1940
Texas Rangers Ride Again Train Passenger 1940
Ellery Queen, Master Detective Dr. Prouty 1940
Dancing on a Dime Freeman Taylor 1940
Blondie Plays Cupid Train Conductor 1940
A Little Bit of Heaven Stafford 1940
City for Conquest Al - Dance Team Manager 1940
Rhythm on the River Bernard Schwartz 1940
The Great Profile Director 1940
We Who Are Young Perkins 1940
Queen of the Mob Horace Grimley 1940
You Can't Fool Your Wife Salesman 1940
On Their Own Johnson 1940
Alias the Deacon Supervisor 1940
Edison, the Man Second Lecturer 1940
The Crooked Road Phil Wesner, Defense Attorney 1940
I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby Gannon 1940
The Doctor Takes a Wife Reporter 1940
Buck Benny Rides Again Charlie Graham 1940
It's a Date Mr. Horner 1940
Primrose Path Mr. 'Smitty' Smith / Hawkins 1940
Johnny Apollo Assistant District Attorney / Assistant D.A. 1940
Parole Fixer Florist's Customer 1940
Charlie McCarthy, Detective Charlie's Doctor 1939
The Honeymoon's Over D.W. O'Connor 1939
The Cat and the Canary Reporter 1939
Beware Spooks! Moore / Mr. Moore, Credit Man 1939
Television Spy Mr. Adler 1939
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Nosey 1939
Honeymoon in Bali Photographer for Morrissey's 1939
Fifth Avenue Girl Union Representative 1939
Golden Boy Reporter Drake / Drake - Reporter 1939
Miracles for Sale Fleetwood Apartments Desk Clerk 1939
They All Come Out Psychiatrist 1939
News Is Made at Night District Attorney Rufe Reynolds 1939
Second Fiddle Studio Chief 1939
Unexpected Father Department of Health Quarantine Man 1939
Rose of Washington Square Sam Kress 1939
Lucky Night Carpenter 1939
Let Us Live Auto Salesman 1939
Inside Story District Attorney 1939
Boy Slaves Albee 1939
Kentucky Auctioneer 1938
Thanks for Everything Dr. Olson 1938
Blondie Furniture Salesman 1938
Always in Trouble Donald Gower 1938
Three Loves Has Nancy Cleaning Store Manager 1938
You Can't Take It with You Henderson 1938
The Rage of Paris Department Head 1938
Professor Beware Joe - Photographer 1938
Cocoanut Grove Weaver 1938
Joy of Living Fan in Margaret's Dressing Room / Fan in Margaret's Dressing Room (Uncredited) 1938
In Old Chicago Booking Agent 1938
City Girl Dr. Abbott 1938
Nothing Sacred Rubenstein 1937
Ali Baba Goes to Town Doctor 1937
Partners in Crime Druggist 1937
Danger - Love at Work Gilroy / Gilroy, an attorney 1937
Hot Water Grayson 1937
Trapped by G-Men Fingers 1937
Fit for a King Spears 1937
Bad Guy Walden's Lawyer / Attorney 1937
One Mile from Heaven Webb / Webb - Fingerprint Man 1937
Born Reckless Barnes's lawyer / Barnes' Lawyer 1937
Big Business Webster - Bank Representative 1937
Venus Makes Trouble District Attorney 1937
Internes Can't Take Money Grote 1937
Sea Devils Judge 1937
We're on the Jury Mr. Horace Smith / Horace Smith 1937
Criminal Lawyer Nora's Attorney / Attorney 1937
Three Men on a Horse Cleaner 1936
Come Closer, Folks Prosecutor 1936
Easy to Take Skip - Reporter / Skip 1936
Lady Luck Feinberg 1936
Two-Fisted Gentleman Joe Gordon 1936
36 Hours to Kill Rickert / Lawyer Rickert 1936
The Bride Walks Out Judge 1936
Ticket to Paradise Shyster 1936
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town Hallor 1936
It Had to Happen State Examiner 1936
The Milky Way Willard 1936
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell Man in Front Row (archive footage) / Man in Front Row 1936
Two for Tonight Writer 1935
Here Comes the Band Mr. Scurry 1935
Woman Wanted Defense Attorney Herman 1935
Ginger Judge 1935
Princess O'Hara Morris Goldberg 1935
The Florentine Dagger Man in Front Row (archive footage) / Man in Front Row 1935
One More Spring Representative 1935
The Band Plays On Shyster Lawyer 1934
A Wicked Woman Defense Attorney Beardsley 1934
Broadway Bill Sully - Morgan's Henchmanan 1934
I'll Fix It Al Nathan 1934
Smoked Hams Man in audience 1934
Let's Talk It Over Reporter 1934
Twentieth Century Max Jacobs 1934
Twenty Million Sweethearts Reporter 1934
Looking for Trouble Switchboard Operator 1934
The Show-Off Mr. Weitzenkorn 1934
Mr. Skitch Hotel Clerk 1933
Advice to the Forlorn Circulation Manager 1933
Broadway Thru a Keyhole Columnist #2 / Columnist #2 (replaced by Andrew Tombes) 1933
The Bowery Doctor 1933
My Woman Conn 1933
She Had to Say Yes Mr. Bernstein 1933
Private Detective 62 Process Server / Process Server (Uncredited) 1933
Gold Diggers of 1933 Society Reporter 1933
Central Airport Amarillo Radio Operator 1933
42nd Street Author of 'Pretty Lady' 1933
Blondie Johnson Cashier 1933
Grand Slam Waiter at Nicolai Restaurant / Ivan 1933
Employees' Entrance Shoe Salesman 1933
Blessed Event Kane 1932
The Mouthpiece Hotel Desk Clerk / Hotel Desk Clerk (Uncredited) 1932
Union Depot Luggage Checkroom Clerk 1932
Manhattan Parade Desk Clerk 1932
Blonde Crazy Four-Eyes - Hotel Desk Clerk 1931
The Road to Singapore Desk Clerk at Club 1931
Smart Money Hotel Desk Clerk 1931
City Girl Man at Train Station 1930
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