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      Charley Grapewin

      Charley Grapewin

      Highest Rated: 100% The Petrified Forest (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 75% Heroes for Sale (1933)

      Birthday: Dec 20, 1869

      Birthplace: Xenia, Ohio, USA

      A celebrated vaudevillian at the top of the 20th century, Charley Grapewin traded the limelight for the quiet life until the Great Depression wiped out his savings, forcing the aging trouper back out onto the boards. Making his belated feature film debut at 60, Grapewin carved a niche for himself in Hollywood playing a succession of judges, doctors, civil servants and the occasional millionaire in such films as "Alice Adams" (1935) with Katharine Hepburn, "The Petrified Forest" (1936) with Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, and "Captains Courageous" (1937) with Spencer Tracy. Lured away from retirement with the role of Uncle Henry in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), Grapewin attained a measure of cult immortality but more immediate was acclaim from his collaborations with director John Ford, "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "Tobacco Road" (1941). His endearing onscreen presence won Grapewin a recurring role as amateur sleuth Ellery Queen's father in the long-running series, beginning with "Inspector Ellery Queen" (1940) and comprising eight films. Following the death of his wife, actress Anna Chance, in 1943, Grapewin worked less frequently after World War II. He retired in 1950 on the heels of playing a grandfather who reflects on his tragic childhood in "When I Grow Up" (1951). Grapewin's death in 1956 in no way diminished the actor's stock in the eyes of moviegoers, who had long since enshrined him as the kindly Uncle whose love pointed Judy Garland toward cinematic history at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.

      Highest rated movies

      The Grapes of Wrath poster The Grapes of Wrath Three Comrades poster
      Three Comrades
      Broadway Melody of 1938 poster
      Broadway Melody of 1938
      The Petrified Forest poster
      The Petrified Forest
      The Wizard of Oz poster The Wizard of Oz The Good Earth poster
      The Good Earth
      Captains Courageous poster
      Captains Courageous
      Alice Adams poster
      Alice Adams

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enchanted Valley Grandpa (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% Gunfighters Rancher Inskip (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Atlantic City Jake Taylor (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Impatient Years Benjamin L. Pidgeon, (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Inspector Richard Queen (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen Insp. Queen (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 36% Tobacco Road Jeeter Lester (Character) - 1941
      82% 75% They Died With Their Boots On California Joe (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Police Inspector Queen (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime Insp. Queen (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Earthbound Mr. Whimser (Character) - 1940
      100% 88% The Grapes of Wrath Grandpa (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 59% Johnny Apollo Judge Emmett T. Brennan (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hero for a Day Uncle Frank "Lucky" Higgins (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 69% Dust Be My Destiny Pop (Character) - 1939
      98% 89% The Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry Gale (Character) $5.5M 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City in Terror Ulysses Porterfield (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stand Up and Fight "Old Puff" (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sudden Money Grandpa Casey Patterson (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sabotage Major Matt Grayson (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 50% Three Loves Has Nancy Grandpa Briggs (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 65% Listen, Darling Uncle Joe (Character) - 1938
      100% 65% Three Comrades Local Doctor (Character) - 1938
      100% 61% Broadway Melody of 1938 James K. Blakeley (Character) - 1937
      95% 76% The Good Earth Old Father (Character) - 1937
      94% 89% Captains Courageous Uncle Salters (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skyscraper Wilderness The Mayor (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Guy Dan Gray (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 62% The Big City Robert (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet 36% A Family Affair Frank Redmond (Character) - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between Two Women Dr. Webster (Character) - 1937
      86% 87% Libeled Lady Hollis Bane, Owner NY Evening Star (Character) - 1936
      100% 80% The Petrified Forest Gramp Maple (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 65% Small Town Girl Dr. Ned Fabre (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voice of Bugle Ann Cal Royster (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without Orders J.P. Kendrick (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 50% Rendezvous Prof. Martin (Character) - 1935
      94% 71% Alice Adams J. A. Dawling (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Frightened Night Jasper Whyte (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loudspeaker Pop Calloway (Character) - 1934
      83% 77% Anne of Green Gables Dr. Tatum (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet She Made Her Bed Unknown (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The President Vanishes Richard Norton (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Torch Singer Andrew "Juddy" Judson (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 75% Broadway Singer Andrew "Juddy" Judson (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell and High Water Peck Wealin (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Bet on Love Pop McCaffery (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beauty for Sale Freddy Gordon (Character) - 1933
      75% 66% Heroes for Sale Pa Dennis (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello, Everybody Jed (Character) - 1933
      91% 70% No Man of Her Own Clerk (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Horse Mesa Sam Bass (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 22% Hell's House Henry Clark (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night of June 13 Grandpop Jeptha Strawn (Character) - 1932