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Charles Lane (born January 26, 1905 in San Francisco, California as Charles Gerstle Levinson) is a skinny, hatchet-faced, bespectacled American character actor, ubiquitous in literally hundreds of films. With his prominent nose, his rimless eyeglasses and his permanent scowl, he typically portrayed short-tempered and often loudmouthed bureaucrats, yes-men and other minor minions, principally in lighter fare. A graduate of the fabled Pasadena Playhouse, he made his film debut in 1931 and hasn't stopped working since. Appeared in most Frank Capra films.

Appeared in episodes of many television shows including I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, Bachelor Father, The Twilight Zone, Mister Ed, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction (as Homer Bedloe), The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Get Smart, Bewitched, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The Munsters, F Troop, The Wild Wild West, Nanny and the Professor, The Odd Couple, Rhoda, One Day at a Time, Maude, Soap (as Judge Anthony Petrillo), Lou Grant, Little House on the Prairie, St. Elsewhere, L.A. Law, and the remake of Dark Shadows.

Movie Roles
Strange Invaders (1983) .... Prof. Hollister

Movie Movie (1978) .... Judge/Mr. Pennington

What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968) .... Dr. Shapiro
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) .... Whitlow

The Ugly Dachshund (1966) .... Judge

Good Neighbor Sam (1964) .... Jack Bailey

The Wheeler Dealers (1963) .... Judge

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) .... Airport manager

The Music Man (1962) .... Constable Locke

The Mating Game (1959) .... Bigelow

No Time for Sergeants (1958) .... Dave

The Sniper (1952) .... Drunk

Mighty Joe Young (1949) .... Guy at the bar

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) .... Rent collector

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) .... Reporter at Marriage License Office

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) .... Nosey newsman

You Can't Take It with You (1938) .... Wilbur G. Henderson, IRS Agent

Twentieth Century (1934) .... Max Jacobs

His voice appeared on the Stan Freberg comedy recording "Freberg: Underground" (1966) in the sketch "All Digit Dialing" as "I.B. Emerson".
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