Charles "Chuck" Riesner
American comedy director Charles Riesner began as assistant to Chaplin and supporting player in The Pilgrim (1923), A Dog's Life (1918), and The Kid (1921). A former vaudevillian, Riesner directed Lucille Ball, Bert Lahr, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, the Marx Brothers (in their worst film), Abbott and Costello, Andy Devine, and Joan Davis. His best directorial effort is Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928). His son, Dean Riesner, is best-known for having directed Bill and Coo (1948). Incidentally, Riesner introduced Chaplin to both Lita Grey (Chaplin's second wife), and Merna Kennedy (his leading lady in The Circus ).