Charles Butterworth

Highest Rated: 100% Love Me Tonight (1932)
Lowest Rated: 100% Love Me Tonight (1932)
Birthday: Jul 26, 1896
Birthplace: Not Available
A master at playing diffident, absentminded middle-aged bachelors, American actor and Notre Dame alumnus Charles Butterworth was an established Broadway musical comedy star when he made his first film, Life of the Party (1930). Butterworth's heyday was in the 1930s, when he appeared as either the hero's silly best friend or a besotted society twit in one film after another. An offscreen drinking buddy of such literary wits as Robert Benchley and Corey Ford, Butterworth became so famous for his dry quips and cynical asides that Hollywood screenwriters began writing only fragmentary scripts for him, hoping that the actor would "fill in the blanks" with his own bon mots. Butterworth hated this cavalier treatment, complaining "I need material as much as anyone else!" By the early 1940s, material of all sorts began running thin, and Butterworth was accepting assignments at such lesser studios as Monogram and PRC, with the occasional worthwhile role in A-films like This Is the Army (1943). Two years after completing his last picture, Dixie Jamboree (1946), the still relatively youthful Butterworth was killed in an automobile accident. His memory was kept alive in the early 1960s by actor Daws Butler, who used a Butterworth-type voice for the cartoon commercial spokesman Cap'n Crunch.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Dixie Jamboree Professor 1944
No Score Yet Follow the Boys Louie Fairweather 1944
No Score Yet This Is the Army Eddie Dibble 1943
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters Prof. Woof 1942
No Score Yet Sis Hopkins Horace Hopkins 1941
No Score Yet Road Show Harry Whitman 1941
No Score Yet Blonde Inspiration 'Bittsy' Conway 1941
No Score Yet The Boys from Syracuse Duke of Ephesus 1940
No Score Yet Second Chorus Mr. Chisholm 1940
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring `The Mackerel' 1939
No Score Yet Thanks for the Memory Biney 1938
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low Harry 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Larmadou Graves 1937
No Score Yet Rainbow on the River Barrett 1936
No Score Yet The Moon's Our Home Horace Van Steedan 1936
No Score Yet Magnificent Obsession Tommy Masterson 1935
No Score Yet Forsaking All Others Shep 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Harvey Clemp 1934
No Score Yet The Cat and the Fiddle Charles 1934
No Score Yet Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back Algy Longworth 1934
No Score Yet My Weakness Gerald Gregory 1933
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Layton 1933
No Score Yet The Nuisance Floppy Phil 1933
100% Love Me Tonight Count de Savignac 1932
No Score Yet Beauty and the Boss Ludwig Pfeffer Jr. 1932
No Score Yet The Mad Genius Karimsky 1931
No Score Yet Side Show Actor 1931
No Score Yet Illicit Georgie Evans 1931
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure Party Guest 1930

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