Charles Ruggles

1886 - 1970

The actor Charles Ruggles appeared regularly in movies for 54 years and impersonated countless support roles. 

His family had to handle a big blown when his mother was killed at home when she interposed between her husband and an armed burglar, his father moved with his children to San Francisco where he grew up with his cousins. 

Before Charles Ruggles became an actor he worked in the same pharmaceutical company like his father. But the work was not was he really was looking for and he left the company again. 
Only one year later he made his stage debut in 1905 and remained true to this profession till his death. 

He continued his stage career and went to New York in 1914 in order to play on Broadway. 

In the same year he made his film debut with "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" (14), it followed the silent movies "Hushing the Scandal" (15), "Peer Gynt" (15), "The Heart Raider" (23) and "Gentlemen of the Press" (29).

When the sound film became finally accepted in the 30's his engagements increased and with it his popularity. 
To his well-known movies of those years belong "Queen High" (30), "Charley's Aunt" (30), "The Smililng Lieutenant" (31), "This Reckless Age" (32), "Trouble in Paradise" (32), "If I Had a Million" (32), "Madame Butterfly" (32), "Alice in Wonderland" (33), "People Will Talk" (35), "The Preview Murder Mystery" (36), "Hearts Divided" (36), "Bringing Up Baby" (38) as big game hunter Major Applegate at Cary Grant's and Katherine Hepburn's side as well as "Balalaika" (39).

The 40's and 50's turned out to by very busy as well and he impersonated many support roles, whereas the 50's were dominated be television. 
To his movies of those years belong "The Farmer's Daughter" (40), "Maryland" (40), "The Invisible Woman" (40), "The Perfect Snob" (41), "A Stolen Life" (46), "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" (47), an episode of the serial "The United Steel Hour: Welcome Home" (54), an episode of the serial "The Life of Riley: The Letter" (58) and "The Bells of St. Mary's" (59).

His last cinematical works came in the 60's into being with "The Pleasure of His Company" (61), "The Parent Trap" (61), "Ernestine" (62), "Son of Flubber" (63), "I'd Rather Be Rich" (64), an episode of the serial "The Munsters: Herman's Driving Test" (65), "Follow Me, Boys!" (66) and "Carousel" (67).

His brother was the director Wesley Ruggles.

Other movies with Charles Ruggles:
The Majesty of the Law (15) The Reform Candidate (15) The Lady Lies (29) The Battle of Paris (29) Roadhouse Nights (30) Young Man of Manhattan (30) Her Wedding Night (30) Honor Among Lovers (31) The Girl Habit (31) Beloved Bachelor 831) Husband's Holiday (31) One Hour with You (32) This Is the Night (32) Love Me Tonight (32) 70'000 Witnesses (32) The Night of June 13th (32) Evenings for Sale (32) Murders in the Zoo (33) Terror Aboard (33) Melody Cruise (33) Mama Loves Papa (33) Goodbye Love (33) Girl Without a Room (33) Six of a Kind (34) Melody in Spring (34) Murder in the Private Car (34) Friends of Mr. Sweeney (34) The Pursuit of Happiness (34) Ruggles of Red Gap (35) No More Ladies (35) The Big Broadcast of 1936 (35) Anything Goes (36) Early to Bed (36) Yours for the Asking (36) Wives Never Know (36) Mind Your Own Business (36) Turn Off the Moon (37) Exclusive (37) Breaking the Ice (38) Service de Luxe (38) His Exciting Night (38) Boy Trouble (39) Sudden Money (39) Invitation to Happiness (39) Night Work (39) Opened by Mistake (40) Public Deb No. 1 (40) No Time for Comedy (40) Honeymoon for Three (41) Model Wife (41) The Parson of Panamint (41) Go West, Young Lady (41) Friendly Enemies (42) Dixie Dugan (43) The Doughgirls (44) Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (44) Three Is a Family (44) Bedside Manner (45) Incendiary Blonde (45) Gallant Journey (46) The Perfect Marriage (47) My Brother Talks to Horses (47) Ramrod (47) Give My Regards to Broadway (48) The Lovable Cheat (49) Look for the Silver Lining (49) Serie "The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre: Lesson for Eddy" (49) Serie "The Ruggles; Christmas Eve" (49) Serie "Medallion Theatre: The Consul" (53) Serie "The Motorola Television Hour: The Muldoon Matter" (54) Serie "The World of Mr. Sweeney" (54) Serie "Studio One: The Runaway" (54) Serie "Playhouse 90: Eloise" (56) Serie "Conflict: The Man from 1997" (56) Serie "Conflict: Girl on the Subway" (57) Serie "Climax!: Let It Be Me" (57) Serie "The United States Steel Hour: Crisis in Corona" (57) Serie "Matinee Theatre: A Cloud for Jeni" (57) Serie "Playhouse 90: The Male Animal" (58) Serie "The Life of Riley: Help for Honeybee" (58) Serie "Studio One: A Delicate Affair" (58) Once Upon a Christmas Tree (59) Serie "Goodyear Theatre: The Sitter's Baby" (60) Serie "The Best of the Post: The Little Terror" (60) Serie "Hot Off the Wire: The Marry-Go-Round" (61) All in a Night's Work (61) Serie "The Chevy Show: Happiest Day" (61) Serie "The Real McCoys: Hassie's European Trip" (61) Serie "Follow the Sun: The Highest Wall" (61) Serie "Frontier Circus: Mr. Grady Regrets" (62) Serie "The Comedy Spot: The Soft Touch" (62) Serie "The Red Skelton Show" (57-62) Serie "Saints and Sinners: A Servant in the House of My Party" (62) Serie "The Dick Powell Show: The Court Martial of Captain Wycliff" (62) Serie "McKeever & the Colonel: The Big Charade" (63) Papa's Delicate Condition (63) Serie "The Dick Powell Show: The Old Man and the City" (63) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Mr. X?" (63) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Purity Mather?" (63) Serie "VacationPlayhouse: A love Affair Just for Three" (63) Serie "Ben Casey: I'll Get on My Ice Floe and Wave Goodbye" (64) Serie "Destry: Deputy for a Day" (64) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Lenore Wingfield?" (64) Serie "Burke's Law: Who Killed Merlin the Great?" (64) Serie "Bewitched: Help, Help, Don't Save Me" (64) Serie "My Living Doll: I'll Leave It to You" (64) Serie "Wagon Train: Herman" (65) Serie "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Ultimate Computer Affair" (65) Serie "The Andy Griffith Show: Aunt Bee, the Swinger" (65) Serie "Bewitched: Aunt Clara's Old Flame" (65) Serie "The Beverly Hillbillies: Mrs. Drysdale's Father" (65) Serie "The Beverly Hillbillies: Mr. Farquhar Stays On" (65) The Ugly Dachshund (66) Serie "Laredo: A Taste of Money" (66) Serie "Bonanza: Horse of a Different Hue" (66) Serie "Pistols 'n' Petticoats: The Triangle" (66) Serie "The Beverly Hillbillies: Granny Lives It Up" (66) Serie "Please Don't Eat the Daisies: The Guardian" (66) Serie "The Danny Thomas Hour: One for My Baby" (68)