Charles Winninger

Charles Winninger

  • Highest Rated: 100% Nothing Sacred (1937)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% State Fair (1945)
  • Birthday: May 26, 1884
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born with show business in his blood, Charles Winninger was nine years old when he joined his parents' vaudeville act, the Winninger Family Novelty Company. The troupe appeared at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893, then spent the next sixteen years touring the provinces. Going out as a "single" in 1909, Winninger trod the boards as a monologist, dialectician, singer, dancer, dramatic actor and master of ceremonies. He made his Broadway debut as a German comic in 1912's Yankee Girl Company. Three years later, he launched his film career at the L-KO comedy studios. The character-actor phase of his Hollywood years began in 1924, though at the time he was still more committed to the stage than film. In 1927, he scored one of his biggest Broadway successes as Cap'n Andy in Showboat, a role he repeated with gusto in the 1936 film version. Except for occasional Dutch-comic turns in such films as Soup to Nuts (1930) and Friendly Enemies (1945) Winninger was generally seen in talkies in "foxy papa" or roguish-reprobate roles. His own favorite screen part was Deanna Durbin's roving-eyed millionaire father in Three Smart Girls (1936) and its three sequels. Winninger's performance as the drink-sodden, grudge-bearing general practitioner in Nothing Sacred (1937) is perhaps his finest cinematic hour, with his portrayal of Iowa farmer Abel Frake in State Fair (1945) running a close second. Usually billed at the top of the supporting cast list, Winninger was afforded a rare starring role as Judge Priest in John Ford's wonderful The Sun Shines Bright (1953). On TV, Winninger co-starred in the 1956 sitcom The Charles Farrell Show as Farrell's dad, and guested as Fred Mertz' down-and-out vaudeville partner in the "Mertz and Kurtz" episode of I Love Lucy. Charles Winninger was at one time married to Broadway favorite Blanche Ring, meaning that he was briefly the brother-in-law of silent screen star Thomas Meighan and comedienne Charlotte Greenwood.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet You're a Sweetheart Actor 2013
No Score Yet Coney Island Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Sun Shines Bright Judge William Pittman Priest 1953
No Score Yet Torpedo Alley Oliver J. Peabody 1953
No Score Yet Something in the Wind Uncle Chester 1947
No Score Yet Living in a Big Way D. Rutherford Morgan 1947
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes Dr. Lane 1945
83% State Fair Abel Frake 1945
No Score Yet Belle of the Yukon Pop Candless 1944
No Score Yet Sunday Dinner For A Soldier Grandfather Osborne 1944
No Score Yet Broadway Rhythm Sam Demming 1944
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy King Lamarr 1943
No Score Yet A Lady Takes a Chance Waco 1943
No Score Yet Hers to Hold Judson Craig 1943
No Score Yet Friendly Enemies Karl Pfeiffer 1942
No Score Yet The Getaway (The Get-Away) Dr. Josiah Glass 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Pop Gallagher 1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold Charles 'C.J.' Haskell 1941
No Score Yet Little Nellie Kelly Michael Noonan 1940
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) Michael O'Brein 1940
No Score Yet My Love Came Back Julius Malette 1940
No Score Yet If I Had My Way Joe Johnson 1940
95% Destry Rides Again `Wash' Dimsdale 1939
83% Babes in Arms Joe Moran 1939
No Score Yet Three Smart Girls Grow Up Judson Craig 1939
No Score Yet Hard to Get Big Ben Richards 1938
100% Nothing Sacred Dr. Enoch Downer 1937
No Score Yet Woman Chases Man B.J. Nolan 1937
No Score Yet Cafe Metropole Joseph Ridgeway 1937
No Score Yet The Go Getter Captain 'Cappy' Ricks 1937
No Score Yet Every Day's a Holiday Van Reigble Van Pelter Van Doon III 1937
86% Three Smart Girls Judson Craig 1936
No Score Yet White Fang Doc McFane 1936
100% Show Boat Capt. Andy Hawks 1936
No Score Yet The Sin of Madelon Claudet Photographer 1931
86% Night Nurse Dr. Arthur Bell 1931
No Score Yet God's Gift to Women Mr. Churchill 1931
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Marshal 1931
No Score Yet Flying High: Quest for Everest Dr. Brown 1931
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts Schmidt 1930
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts - Three Stooges Actor 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Barney Kurtz
  • 1954

QUOTES FROM Charles Winninger CHARACTERS

Dr. Enoch Downer
You're a newspaperman. I can smell 'em. I've always been able to smell 'em. Excuse me while I open the window?