Charles Lane

Mostly Credited As: Charles Lane
Sometimes Credited As: Charlie Lane
Charles Levison

Birth Name: Charles Gerstle Levison
Date Of Birth: January 26, 1905 (Age 102)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: San Francisco, California
Date Of Death: July 09, 2007
Cause Of Death: Natural Causes
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Charles Lane

Charles Lane is one of the most recognizable character actors in the history of film and television. He has a career spanning 6 decades and has appeared in over 150 movies and hundreds of TV roles. His movie career includes acting in many Frank Capra films, including the classic Christmas motion picture "It's A Wonderful Life" as mean spirited banker Henry Potter's right-hand man. Charles' many TV credits include a number of guest spots on all of the Lucy Ball comedy shows. But his most recognizable role may be as J. Homer Bedloe on Petticoat Junction and his constant efforts to shut down the Cannonball Railroad. One of the most requested character actors of all time, Charles would some days go from one set to another, acting in more than one role in the same day. Although he always played a crusty, mean-hearted man, he was also known as the complete opposite in real life. Charles was honored on his 100th birthday at the TV Land Awards.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Winds of War (1983)As: Adm. William Standley
Karen (1975) (1975)As: Dale Busch
Dear Phoebe (1954)As: Mr. Fosdick
Episode Cast Credits 

Today (US) (1952) 
  03 / Feb / 2005 57x199: (Jun/13/2008) As Himself 

TV Land Icon Awards (2003) 
  3rd Annual TV Land Icon Awards 01x03: (Mar/16/2005) As Himself 

Shannon's Deal (1990) 
  Greed 02x02: (Apr/09/1991) As Unknown 

Dark Shadows (1991) (1991) 
  Episode 6 01x06: (Feb/01/1991) As Antique Dealer 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Leave It to Geezer 03x14: (Mar/30/1989) As Walter Graf 

St. Elsewhere (1982) 
  Weigh In, Way Out 06x09: (Dec/02/1987) As Unknown 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  The Girl Next Door 03x16: (Feb/21/1987) As Motel Owner 

The Last Precinct (1986) 
  Three-Ring Circus 01x07: (May/30/1986) As Unknown 

Comedy Factory (1985) 
  Side by Side 01x01: (Jun/28/1985) As George McCloskey 

Otherworld (1985) (1985) 
  Village of the Motorpigs 01x05: (Feb/23/1985) As Mr. Velcrows Widley 

Little House on the Prairie (1974) (1974) 
  Welcome To Olesonville 09x03: (Oct/11/1982) As Jess Moffet 

Lou Grant (1977) 
  Generations 04x11: (Jan/26/1981) As Rupert Hume 
  Gambling 03x07: (Nov/05/1979) As Mort Farber 

Mork & Mindy (1978) 
  Little Orphan Morkie 02x22: (Feb/07/1980) As Judge Baker 

ABC Weekend Specials (1977) 
  The $1,000 Bill 02x05: (Oct/28/1978) As Walter Becker 

Soap (1977) 
  Episode 26 02x01: (Sep/14/1978) As Judge Anthony Petrillo 
  Episode 25 01x25: (Mar/28/1978) As Judge Anthony Petrillo 
  Episode 24 01x24: (Mar/21/1978) As Judge Anthony Petrillo 
  Episode 23 01x23: (Mar/14/1978) As Judge Anthony Petrillo 

Maude (1972) 
  Arthur's Crisis 05x16: (Feb/07/1977) As Doc Prichard 

Chico and the Man (1974) 
  Old is Gold 03x10: (Dec/17/1976) As Mr. Chipps 

One Day at a Time (1975) (1975) 
  Julie's Job 01x11: (Mar/02/1976) As Herbert 

The Family Holvak (1975) 
  The Long Way Home (2) 01x02: (Sep/14/1975) As Deacon Hurd 

Rhoda (1974) 
  The Honeymoon 01x10: (Nov/04/1974) As Mr. Fosner 

The Rookies (1972) 
  Another Beginning for Ben Fuller 02x13: (Dec/10/1973) As Dealer 

Adam's Rib (1973) 
  Katey at the Bat 01x07: (Oct/26/1973) As Lapp 

The Odd Couple (1970) (1970) 
  Take My Furniture, Please 03x22: (Mar/09/1973) As Sid 

The Sandy Duncan Show (1972) 
  Play It Again Samuelson 01x05: (Oct/22/1972) As Judge 

Temperatures Rising (1972) 
  Ellen's Flip Side 01x04: (Oct/03/1972) As Briggs 

Bewitched (1964) 
  School Days, School Daze 08x23: (Mar/04/1972) As Mr. Roland 
  The Warlock in the Gray Flannel Suit 08x11: (Dec/01/1971) As Cushman 
  Laugh, Clown, Laugh 07x27: (Apr/15/1971) As Mr. Jameson 
  Samantha's Magic Potion 07x12: (Dec/17/1970) As Mr. Harmon 

Nanny and the Professor (1970) 
  One For the Road 03x13: (Dec/06/1971) As Ticket Seller 
  Nanny on Wheels 01x07: (Mar/04/1970) As Driving Inspector 

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) 
  The Clampetts Meet Robert Audubon Getty 09x23: (Mar/16/1971) As Foster Phinney 
  Love Finds Jane Hathaway 09x22: (Mar/09/1971) As Foster Phinney 
  Elly, the Working Girl 09x20: (Feb/23/1971) As Foster Phinney 
  The Palace of Clampett San 09x18: (Feb/09/1971) As Foster Phinney 

The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969) 
  Hurry for Our Side 01x17: (Jan/13/1970) As Samson 

The Wonderful World of Disney (1961) (1961) 
  My Dog, the Thief (2) 09x03: (Sep/28/1969) As Mr. Pfeiffer 
  My Dog, the Thief (1) 09x02: (Sep/21/1969) As Mr. Pfeiffer 

The Flying Nun (1967) 
  The Breakaway Monk 02x21: (Mar/06/1969) As Mr. O' Reilly 

Petticoat Junction (1963) 
  A Cake from Granny 06x12: (Dec/21/1968) As Homer Bedloe 
  Cannonball for Sale 05x27: (Mar/09/1968) As Homer Bedloe 
  A Horse On You, Mr. Bedloe 05x13: (Dec/02/1967) As Homer Bedloe 
  The Rise and Fall of a Tycoon 04x15: (Jan/03/1967) As Homer Bedloe 

Green Acres (1965) 
  The Rummage Sale 04x02: (Oct/02/1968) As Mr. Wilson 

Judd for the Defense (1967) 
  The Grand Old Man 01x20: (Feb/02/1968) As Baliff 

Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) 
  The Prize Boat 04x12: (Nov/24/1967) As Charlie 
  Pay Day 01x06: (Oct/30/1964) As General Richards 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Hangman 03x07: (Oct/20/1967) As Roger Creed 

He & She (1967) 
  The Old Man and the She 01x01: (Sep/06/1967) As Mr. Simpson 

Love On A Rooftop (1966) 
  Low Calorie Love 01x24: (Feb/23/1967) As Bert Bennington 
  My Husband, the Knight 01x03: (Sep/20/1966) As Bert Bennington 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  Dear Deductible 04x07: (Nov/09/1966) As Charles Eckhardt 

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Pop Art Affair 03x06: (Oct/21/1966) As Mr. Harrison 

F Troop (1965) 
  Reach for the Sky, Pardner 02x04: (Sep/29/1966) As Mr. McGuire 

The Pruitts of Southampton (1966) 
  Phyllis Beats the Rap 01x03: (Sep/20/1966) As Maxwell 

The Munsters (1964) 
  The Most Beautiful Ghoul in the World 02x19: (Jan/27/1966) As Mr. Holmes 

Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1965) 
  Say Uncle 01x18: (Jan/11/1966) As Dynamite Man 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  My Nephew the Spy 01x12: (Dec/04/1965) As Uncle Abner 

The Donna Reed Show (1958) 
  The Big League Shock 08x10: (Nov/18/1965) As Mr. Samson 

The Farmer's Daughter (1963) 
  Crisis at Crystal Springs 03x08: (Nov/12/1965) As Unknown 

The Smothers Brothers Show (1965) (1965) 
  A Boarding House is Not a Home 01x03: (Oct/01/1965) As Unknown 

The Cara Williams Show (1964) 
  Variety is the Spice of Wife 01x24: (Mar/10/1965) As McAvie 

Wendy and Me (1964) 
  Happiness is a Thing Called Misery 01x22: (Feb/15/1965) As Benson 

The Bing Crosby Show (1964) 
  The Dominant Male 01x08: (Nov/09/1964) As Unknown 

The Bill Dana Show (1963) 
  Blood From Two Turnips 02x01: (Sep/20/1964) As Doctor 
  The Honeymoon Suite 01x07: (Nov/10/1963) As Mr. Hanley 

Temple Houston (1963) 
  Last Full Moon 01x22: (Feb/27/1964) As Amos Riggs 
  Thy Name is Woman 01x16: (Jan/09/1964) As Amos Riggs 

The Andy Griffith Show (1960) 
  Aunt Bee the Crusader 04x15: (Jan/20/1964) As Mr. Frisby 

Make Room for Daddy (1953) 
  The Hex 11x10: (Dec/09/1963) As Mr. Baker 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed Harris Crown? 01x04: (Oct/11/1963) As Dr. Lusk 

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959) 
  Beethoven, Presley, and Me 04x24: (Mar/13/1963) As Charlie Wayzack 
  Too Many Kooks Spoil the Broth 04x15: (Jan/09/1963) As P. T. Arwood 
  Northern Comfort 04x03: (Oct/10/1962) As Wayzack 
  Sweet Success of Smell 03x28: (Apr/24/1962) As Professor McGuffy 

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1962) 
  The Resurrection of Winesap Corners 01x17: (Jan/26/1963) As Caleb 

77 Sunset Strip (1958) 
  The Tarnished Idol 05x14: (Jan/11/1963) As Henry Distal 

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Vivian Sues Lucy 01x10: (Dec/03/1962) As Mr. Barnsdahl 
  Lucy Is a Kangaroo for a Day 01x07: (Nov/12/1962) As Mr. Barnsdahl 
  Lucy Buys a Sheep 01x05: (Oct/29/1962) As Mr. Barnsdahl 
  Lucy Misplaces $2,000 01x04: (Oct/22/1962) As Mr. Barnsdahl 

McKeever & the Colonel (1962) 
  Blackwell's Stand 01x09: (Nov/25/1962) As Mayor 

Dennis the Menace (1959) (1959) 
  The New Principal 04x07: (Nov/11/1962) As Mr. Finch 
  Community Picnic 03x37: (Jun/24/1962) As Mr. Finch, the druggist 
  The Fifty-Thousandth Customer 03x07: (Nov/12/1961) As Mr. Finch, the druggist 
  Dennis and the Fishing Rod 02x24: (Mar/19/1961) As Mr. Finch, the druggist 

Mister Ed (1961) 
  Wilbur in the Lion's Den 03x07: (Nov/08/1962) As Charles Foster 

Lawman (1958) 
  The Doctor 04x34: (May/06/1962) As Morris Weeks 

SurfSide 6 (1960) 
  The Money Game 02x29: (Apr/09/1962) As Cyrus Radford 
  Witness for the Defense 02x06: (Oct/23/1961) As Joseph Cooper 

Maverick (1957) 
  Mr. Muldoon's Partner 05x07: (Feb/11/1962) As Proprietor 

Pete and Gladys (1960) 
  Garden Wedding 02x18: (Jan/22/1962) As Slater 
  The House Next Door 01x18: (Jan/23/1961) As Vincent 

The Comedy Spot (1960) 
  The Soft Touch 02x01: (1962) As Mr. Martin 

The Bob Cummings Show (1961) (1961) 
  Who Chopped Down the Cherokee? 01x06: (Nov/09/1961) As Unknown 

The Tab Hunter Show (1960) 
  Personal Appearance 01x30: (Apr/16/1961) As Dr. Spike 

Guestward Ho! (1960) 
  The Hootens Build a Barbecue 01x27: (Apr/06/1961) As Mr. Langdon 

The DuPont Show With June Allyson (1959) 
  The Old-Fashioned Way 02x21: (Feb/20/1961) As Dr. Shelley 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Big Train (2) 02x13: (Jan/12/1961) As Clerk at Alcatraz, [Uncredited]

The Twilight Zone (1959) 
  Mr. Bevis 01x33: (Jun/03/1960) As Mr. Peckinpaugh 

Bachelor Father (1957) 
  Bentley and the Travel Agent 03x31: (Apr/28/1960) As Unknown 

Whirlybirds (1957) 
  Bankrupt Alibi 03x18: (Aug/03/1959) As Larkin 

The Ann Sothern Show (1958) 
  Johnny Moves Up 01x14: (Jan/05/1959) As Cameron 

The Millionaire (1955) 
  Ralph the Cat 05x09: (Oct/29/1958) As Whipple 

The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957) 
  Lucy Goes to Mexico 02x01: (Oct/06/1958) As Customers Officer 
  Lucy Hunts Uranium 01x03: (Jan/03/1958) As Claims Clerk 

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1957) 
  One Foot in the Grave 02x20: (Jun/12/1958) As Kevin Anders 

The Gray Ghost (1957) 
  Secret and Urgent 01x34: (May/06/1958) As Hall 

Perry Mason (1957) 
  The Case of the Fiery Fingers 01x31: (May/03/1958) As Dr. Williams 

The Real McCoys (1957) 
  Grampa's Brithday 01x25: (Mar/20/1958) As Harry Poulson 
  The Egg War 01x02: (Oct/10/1957) As Harry Poulson 

The Thin Man (1957) 
  Acrostic Murder 01x07: (Nov/01/1957) As Harry 

On Trial (1956) 
  Alibi for Murder 01x24: (Apr/26/1957) As Grayson 

The People's Choice (1955) 
  Sock and Mandy, Paperhangers 02x27: (Apr/18/1957) As Unknown 

Star Stage (1955) 
  Screen Credit 01x21: (Jan/27/1956) As Unknown 

I Love Lucy (1951) 
  Staten Island Ferry 05x12: (Jan/02/1956) As Passport Clerk 
  The Business Manager 04x03: (Oct/04/1954) As Andy Hickox 
  Lucy Tells the Truth 03x05: (Nov/09/1953) As Casting Director 
  Lucy Goes to the Hospital 02x21: (Jan/19/1953) As Mr. Stanley 

Screen Director's Playhouse (1955) 
  Tom and Jerry 01x09: (Nov/30/1955) As Garrity 

Willy (1954) 
  First Case 01x01: (Sep/18/1954) As Willy's Boss 

Topper (1953) 
  A Ghostly Joke 01x31: (May/07/1954) As Mr. Kittler 

Duffy's Tavern (1954) 
  Archie Buys a Racehorse 01x18: (1954) As Guest star 

  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Adam 
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At the time of his death, he was one of the few survivors of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

At the time of his death, he was the second oldest actor in the world, after Johannes Heesters.

He was married to Ruth Covell Lane from April 12, 1931 until her death on November 30, 2002. They had two children.

Charles is a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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