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Charles Winninger

Highest Rated:   100% Destry Rides Again (1939)
Lowest Rated:   80% State Fair (1945)
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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
80% 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
100% Destry Rides Again
  • `Wash' Dimsdale
1939
100% 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 Every Day's a Holiday
  • Van Reigble Van Pelter Van Doon III
1937
86% Three Smart Girls
  • Judson Craig
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
  • Dr. Brown
1931
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts
  • Schmidt
1930
No Score Yet Soup to Nuts - Three Stooges
  • Actor
1930

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