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Charles Sherman Ruggles (February 8, 1886 – December 23, 1970) was a comic American character actor. In a career spanning six decades, Ruggles appeared in close to 100 feature films, often in mild-mannered and comic roles. He was also the elder brother of director, producer, and silent film actor Wesley Ruggles
Wesley Ruggles
(1889–1972).

Contents

1 Career 2 Personal life 3 Death 4 Legacy 5 Partial filmography 6 Television credits 7 Radio appearances 8 References 9 External links

Career[edit]

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Ruggles was born in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
in 1886. Despite training to be a doctor, Ruggles soon found himself on the stage, appearing in a stock production of Nathan Hale in 1905. At Los Angeles's Majestic Theatre, he played Private Jo Files in L. Frank Baum
L. Frank Baum
and Louis F. Gottschalk's musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz
The Tik-Tok Man of Oz
in 1913. He moved to Broadway to appear in Help Wanted in 1914. His first screen role came in the silent Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt
the following year. Throughout the 1910s and 1920s, Ruggles continued to appear in silent movies, though his passion remained the stage, appearing in long-running productions such as The Passing Show of 1918, The Demi-Virgin and Battling Butler. His most famous stage hit was Queen High, one of his last before a 20-year hiatus, produced in 1926. From 1929, Ruggles appeared in talking pictures. His first was Gentleman of the Press
Gentleman of the Press
in which he played a comic, alcoholic newspaper reporter. Throughout the 1930s, he was teamed with comic actress Mary Boland in a string of domestic farces, notably If I Had a Million, Six of a Kind, Ruggles of Red Gap, and People Will Talk. Ruggles is best remembered today as the big-game hunter in Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby
and billionaire Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor in It Happened on Fifth Avenue. In 1949, Ruggles halted his film career to return to the stage and to move into television. He was the headline character in the TV series The Ruggles, a family comedy in which he played a character also called Charlie Ruggles, and The World of Mr. Sweeney. He guest starred on The Martha Raye Show and portrayed a time-traveling librarian in "Man from 1997," a 1956 science fiction episode of the television series Conflict. In 1961, Ruggles was cast in "Hassie's European Tour", in which he portrays a wealthy neighbor who offers to finance a European trip for series character Hassie McCoy (Lydia Reed) on The Real McCoys. Ruggles returned to the big screen in 1961, playing Charles McKendrick in The Parent Trap and Mackenzie Savage in The Pleasure of His Company. In the latter film, he reprised the role for which he had won a Tony Award
Tony Award
in 1959. In 1963 he memorably played the grandfather of silent star Corinne Griffith
Corinne Griffith
in Papa's Delicate Condition. Griffith had written the book of her early life on which the film is based. Ruggles had a recurring guest role on The Beverly Hillbillies
The Beverly Hillbillies
in the mid-1960s as Lowell Redlings Farquhar, father-in-law of Milburn Drysdale (Raymond Bailey). Ruggles also played Aunt Clara's (Marion Lorne) old flame, the warlock Hedley Partridge, as well as a Mr. Caldwell, whose company marketed soup, in the television series Bewitched.[1] He played Congressman John Canfield on an episode of The Andy Griffith Show called "Aunt Bee, The Swinger", and appeared as a driving instructor on The Munsters. Ruggles also lent his voice to the Aesop and Son features in Jay Ward's The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. Personal life[edit] His marriage to Adele Rowland
Adele Rowland
(1914–1916) ended in divorce after two years. He then married Marion LaBarba in 1942; the couple remained wed until his death in 1970.[2] Marion died in 1978. Death[edit] Ruggles died of cancer at Saint John's Health Center
Saint John's Health Center
in Santa Monica, California on December 23, 1970 at the age of 84.[3][4] He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California
Glendale, California
in the Garden of Memory near his brother Wesley Ruggles.[5][6][7][8] Legacy[edit] Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for his contributions to motion pictures on 6200 Hollywood Boulevard, one for his radio work on 6300 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for television is on 1600 Vine Street.[9] Partial filmography[edit]

The Majesty of the Law (1915) Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt
(1915) The Reform Candidate
The Reform Candidate
(1915) The Heart Raider (1923) Gentlemen of the Press (1929) The Lady Lies (1929) The Battle of Paris
The Battle of Paris
(1929) Young Man of Manhattan
Young Man of Manhattan
(1930) Roadhouse Nights (1930) Charley's Aunt (1930) Queen High
Queen High
(1930) Honor Among Lovers
Honor Among Lovers
(1931) The Smiling Lieutenant
The Smiling Lieutenant
(1931) One Hour with You
One Hour with You
(1932) 70,000 Witnesses
70,000 Witnesses
(1932) This Is the Night (1932) Love Me Tonight
Love Me Tonight
(1932) Trouble in Paradise (1932) If I Had a Million
If I Had a Million
(1932) Goodbye Love (1930) Murders in the Zoo
Murders in the Zoo
(1933) Girl Without a Room
Girl Without a Room
(1933) Six of a Kind (1933) Murder in the Private Car (1934) Ruggles of Red Gap
Ruggles of Red Gap
(1935) The Big Broadcast of 1936
The Big Broadcast of 1936
(1935) Anything Goes (1936) Hearts Divided
Hearts Divided
(1936) Service de Luxe (1938) Bringing Up Baby
Bringing Up Baby
(1938) Night Work (1939) Sudden Money (1939) Boy Trouble (1939) Public Deb No. 1
Public Deb No. 1
(1940) The Invisible Woman (1940) The Farmer's Daughter (1940) Honeymoon for Three (1941) Model Wife (1941) Friendly Enemies
Friendly Enemies
(1942) Dixie Dugan (1943) Three Is a Family (1944) The Doughgirls (1944) Bedside Manner (1945) Incendiary Blonde
Incendiary Blonde
(1945) A Stolen Life (1946) Gallant Journey
Gallant Journey
(1946) It Happened on 5th Avenue
It Happened on 5th Avenue
(1947) Ramrod (1947) The Lovable Cheat (1949) Ben and Me (1953) (voice) Ben Franklin The Bells of St. Mary's (1959 TV movie) All in a Night's Work (1961) The Parent Trap (1961) Papa's Delicate Condition
Papa's Delicate Condition
(1963) I'd Rather Be Rich
I'd Rather Be Rich
(1964) The Ugly Dachshund
The Ugly Dachshund
(1966) Follow Me, Boys!
Follow Me, Boys!
(1966)

Television credits[edit]

Burke's Law (1963 TV series)
Burke's Law (1963 TV series)
(1963) (Season 1, episode 11) Beverly Hillbillies
Beverly Hillbillies
[1964] Mrs. Drysdale's father Bewitched
Bewitched
(1965) (TV, 1 episode) The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show
(1965) (TV, episode "Aunt Bee, The Swinger") The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
(1965) (TV, 1 episode) Father Knows Best
Father Knows Best
(1960) (TV, 1 episode, Jim's co-worker)

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1942 Suspense The Burning Court[10]

1942 Philip Morris Playhouse Friendly Enemies[11]

References[edit]

^ Bewitched, 'Help, Help, Don't Save Me' (ABC, 1964), script by Danny Arnold & Sol Saks ^ Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
on IMDb ^ "Archives: Story". filmsofthegoldenage.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ "Eugene Register-Guard - Google News Archive Search". google.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ "Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA". www.nndb.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ " Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1886-1970)". findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ "Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)". museum.escubes.com. 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ "Forest Lawn Memorial Park". bguthriephotos.com. Retrieved 2015-12-28.  ^ "Charles Ruggles". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08.  ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 38 (3): 32–39. Summer 2012.  ^ "Playhouse Presents Stars in Radio Adaptation of "Friendly Enemies"". Harrisburg Telegraph. June 20, 1942. p. 22. Retrieved August 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

External links[edit]

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

1949–1975

Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975)

1976–2000

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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