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Happy 102nd Birthday to Charles Lane! (Homer Bedloe)
Internet Movie Data Base ^ | Jan 26, 2007 | Self

Posted on 01/26/2007 9:01:22 AM PST by abb

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: actor; lane; tvland
Many happy returns!
1 posted on 01/26/2007 9:01:23 AM PST by abb
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To: abb

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Lane_(actor)


2 posted on 01/26/2007 9:01:55 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb

I read not long ago he was still alive and was quite surprised. I remember him from some I Love Lucy shows which I saw in repeats. I guess when they originally aired he must have been in his 50s. Godspeed to him.


3 posted on 01/26/2007 9:10:21 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: TNCMAXQ

A radio DJ this morning mentioned that today was his birthday. A character actor's character actor.


4 posted on 01/26/2007 9:12:31 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: abb
A face you know, but a name you can never recall!!


5 posted on 01/26/2007 9:15:35 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck
You know, every time he pops up in some old movie or sitcom, you have to say, "Geez! That guy's been around forever!" Well, almost.

Read his biography in the Internet Movie Database. He's done dozens of sitcoms, but usually not more than a couple of episodes of any of them. And he always looks the same!

6 posted on 01/26/2007 9:39:30 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: abb
Lane married his sweetheart Ruth Covell in 1931. They remained together until her death in 2002.

Wow, that's 71 years!!!!

7 posted on 01/26/2007 9:42:52 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma ('But why is the rum gone?' Captain Jack Sparrow)
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To: GoldCountryRedneck

I remember him from the Frank Capra classic "You Can't Take It With You".


8 posted on 01/26/2007 9:53:45 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Sugar from the Yucatan !)
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To: abb
Wasn't he Mr Wilson in Dennis the Menace?
9 posted on 01/26/2007 9:57:15 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Joseph Kearns was the original Mr. Wilson.

When he died in 1962, he was replaced by Gale Gordon.


10 posted on 01/26/2007 10:04:33 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Gay State Conservative

That was Gale Gordon, famous from the Lucy Show. And he was the second Mr. Wilson.


11 posted on 01/26/2007 10:04:59 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: ShadowDancer

"American character actor"

Well known, didn't realize he was alive...still, the best is Ward Bond...


12 posted on 01/26/2007 10:07:20 AM PST by dakine
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To: Hatteras; abb
My mistake.I looked him up and found that he played Mr Finch in several episodes.I guess my memory's faulty but not completely gone!
13 posted on 01/26/2007 10:08:13 AM PST by Gay State Conservative ("The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism."-Karl Marx)
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To: dakine

Yep, he was good in The Quiet Man, too. Not as good as Barry Fitzgerald but good.


14 posted on 01/26/2007 10:13:33 AM PST by ShadowDancer (Life is not tried, it is merely survived if you're standing outside the fire.)
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To: abb
I'm feeling a little guilty...

I have Charles Lane in my Celebrity Death Pool for 2007. But, it's not a wish list by any means, it's just trying to figure out who's next. Fortunately for those that have made my list, I have never won the pool. ;-)

15 posted on 01/26/2007 10:14:08 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: ShadowDancer

Agree...


16 posted on 01/26/2007 10:20:47 AM PST by dakine
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To: abb
Happy 102nd B-Day to Charles Lane.

Not to step on your thread, but there is another oldtimer who turns 101 this May. Its Herman Blix, AKA. Bruce Bennett. Olympic champion and in movies since 1931. In 1935 he was chosen by Edgar Rice Burroughs to play Tarzan. Also was in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Bogie and Walt Huston.

IMDB LINK

17 posted on 01/26/2007 11:04:04 AM PST by Reagan Man (Conservatives don't vote for liberals.)
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To: abb
Happy Birthday to the king of character actors



Thank you for posting this. It's good to see someone still appreciates his existence and believes that turning 102 is worthy of recognition. Obviously the main stream media doesn't agree.

18 posted on 01/26/2007 12:44:51 PM PST by lunarbicep (Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. - Mark Twain)
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To: abb

Happy birthday to Mr. Lane !


19 posted on 01/27/2007 12:54:23 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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In 1990, Lane was rushed to the hospital, having difficulty breathing. A doctor asked if he was still smoking, and Lane replied that he had kicked the habit 45 minutes earlier. He never smoked again.


20 posted on 01/27/2007 1:02:57 AM PST by woofie (Its Patriotic to be Hateful,Nasty,Stupid and Destroy the Country as long as you are a Democrat)
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To: abb
I occasionally see him in small parts as a young man in old movies from the 30's. I always get a kick out of seeing him.
21 posted on 01/31/2007 4:19:31 PM PST by ozzymandus
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