Charles Drake

Charles Drake

Highest Rated: 100% Winchester '73 (1950)

Lowest Rated: 0% Walk the Proud Land (1956)

Birthday: Oct 02, 1917

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Many actors are forced to struggle for years before they land their big break, and many work a variety of day jobs only to find their way into the entertainment industry by accident. When New York City native Charles Drake graduated from Massachusetts-based Nichols College, he took up a job as a salesman. In 1939, he shifted gears and worked his way into a contract with Warner Brothers Studios. When his career didn't take off--resulting in mostly uncredited performances--his Hollywood dreams were even further delayed by a military stint in World War II. In 1945, with his service behind him, Drake headed back to Hollywood, but his situation looked bleak with an expired contract and no prospects. He did find a role in 1946 with the (appropriately) World War II-themed Marx Brothers comedy "A Night in Casablanca." But his true breakout came in 1950, appearing alongside James Stewart in the quirky, Oscar-winning comedy-fantasy "Harvey" as Dr. Sanderson. From that point on, the roles were varied and plentiful, including gigs in films like the 1953 cult-classic sci-fi horror film "It Came from Outer Space" and the 1954 James Stewart-starring music biography, "The Glenn Miller Story." Throughout the '60s and '70s (and briefly into the '80s), Drake mainly focused on one-off TV appearances--with nothing approaching the classic status of his earlier roles. But with a career spanning six decades, he more than left his mark.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lives of Jenny Dolan Alan Hardesty (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Joe Forrester Deputy Chief Berliner (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Professor Popper's Problems Professor Popper (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Lieutenant Fred Harnett (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream, Pretty Peggy George Thornton (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Screaming Woman Ken Bronson (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skin Game Jonathan Galley (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hail, Hero! Senator Murchiston (Character) - 1969
8% 65% The Arrangement Finnegan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smugglers Harry Miller (Character) - 1968
35% 58% Valley of the Dolls Kevin Gillmore (Character) - 1967
40% 67% Dear Heart Frank Taylor (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 25% The Third Day Lawrence Conway (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showdown Bert Pickett (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 70% Back Street Curt Stanton (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 74% Tammy Tell Me True Buford Woodly (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 74% No Name on the Bullet Luke Canfield (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Down to Terror Johnny Williams Walters (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 44% Jeanne Eagels John Donahue (Character) - 1957
67% 64% Until They Sail Capt. Richard Bates (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Price of Fear Sgt. Pete Carroll (Character) - 1956
0% 67% Walk the Proud Land Tom Sweeny (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun in His Hand Macauley (Character) - 1956
90% 80% All That Heaven Allows Mick Anderson (Character) - 1955
100% 82% To Hell and Back Brandon (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Hand George Hadley (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 50% Tobor the Great Dr. Ralph Harrison (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Sheriff Jim Flannery (Character) - 1954
88% 80% The Glenn Miller Story Don Haynes (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Gunsmoke Johnny Lake (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 41% War Arrow St. Luke Schermerhorn (Character) - 1953
79% 54% It Came From Outer Space Sheriff Matt Warren (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonzo Goes to College Malcolm Drew (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Treasure of Lost Canyon Jim Anderson (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 50% Red Ball Express Pvt. Ronald Partridge/Narrator (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Air Cadet Captain Sullivan (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 88% You Never Can Tell Perry Collins (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peggy Tom Fielding (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 100% Comanche Territory Stacey Howard (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Was a Shoplifter Herb Klaxon (Character) - 1950
100% 86% Winchester '73 Steve Miller (Character) - 1950
85% 93% Harvey Dr. Sanderson (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 22% Tarzan's Magic Fountain Mr. Dodd (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Wonderland Steve Kirk (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 33% The Pretender Dr. Leonard G. Koster (Character) - 1947
57% 70% A Night in Casablanca Pierre (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 21% Whistle Stop Ernie (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Came Along Lt. R. Janoschek (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 74% Conflict Professor Norman Holsworth (Character) - 1945
80% 70% Air Force Navigator (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Busses Roar Eddie Sloan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Body Disappears Arthur (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 46% Million Dollar Baby Pamela's First Dance Partner (uncredited) (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough `'Snappy'` Lucas (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Dr. Martin Larkin (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Cmdr. Roscoe (Character) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
80% 88% Star Trek Commodore Stocker (Guest Star) 1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Adam Pierson (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Oliver Greer (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1964 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Allen Winter (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956

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