Charlie Ruggles

Charlie Ruggles

  • Highest Rated: 100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
  • Lowest Rated: 60% Murders in the Zoo (1933)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Whimsical, expressive comic actor Charles Ruggles was the son of a Los Angeles wholesale druggist. Intending to become a doctor, Ruggles was sidetracked into theatre, making his debut in a 1905 San Francisco stock company production of Nathan Hale. Because of his medium height and flexible facial and vocal expressions, Ruggles was able to play everything from teenagers to grandpas during his formative years in stock. In 1914, the actor first set foot on a Broadway stage in Help Wanted. One year later, he appeared in his first film, a now-lost adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt. Though there would be a smattering of subsequent silent film appearances, Ruggles' heart remained in his stage work -- he starred in such long-running productions as The Passing Show of 1918 (1918), The Demi-Virgin (1921), Battling Butler (1923), and his biggest stage success, Queen High (1930). While appearing in the Rodgers and Hart musical Spring is Here (1929), Ruggles made his talking picture bow in Gentleman of the Press (1929), portraying the first in what would turn out to be a long line of drunken reporters. In 1932, Ruggles was teamed with Mary Boland in If I Had A Million. The two farceurs worked so well together that they would subsequently costar in such memorable film comedies as Six of a Kind (1934), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), Early to Bed (1936), and Boy Trouble (1939). By the late 1930s, Ruggles was securely established as one of Hollywood's favorite befuddled comedy-relief players, though in such films as Exclusive (1937) and The Parson of Panamint (1941) he proved equally expert at straight dramatics. In 1949, Ruggles began a 12-year movie moratorium, returning to the stage and distinguishing himself in television. He headlined two early TV series, The Ruggles and The World of Mr. Sweeney, and lent his vocal skills (sans screen credit) to the "Aesop and Son" component of the classic cartoon weeklies "Rocky and His Friends" (1959-61) and "The Bullwinkle Show" (1961-62). He returned to films in 1961, recreating his award-winning Broadway role in The Pleasure of His Company. Ruggles' best-remembered TV work of the 1960s included his recurring role as Mrs. Drysdale's rakish father in the popular sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies." With the Disney film Follow Me, Boys! (1966) and the 1967 TV staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Ruggles quietly brought his six-decade acting career to a close. A few years before his death in December of 1970, Ruggles was asked by a reporter what his future plans were. With the wry smile, twinkling eyes, and self-effacing humor that characterized his best screen work, Charlie Ruggles answered, "Forest Lawn, I guess. After you've played everything I have, there ain't no more."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys! John Everett Hughes 1966
No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund Dr. J.L. Pruitt 1966
No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich Dr. Crandall 1964
No Score Yet Papa's Delicate Condition Anthony Ghio 1963
86% Son of Flubber Judge Murdock 1963
90% The Parent Trap Charles McKendrick 1961
No Score Yet The Pleasure of His Company Mackenzie Savage 1961
No Score Yet All in a Night's Work Dr. Warren Kingsley Sr. 1961
No Score Yet The Lovable Cheat Claude Mercadet 1949
No Score Yet Look for the Silver Lining Caro Miller 1949
No Score Yet It Happened on 5th Avenue Michael J. "Mike" O'Connor 1947
No Score Yet My Brother Talks to Horses Richard Pennington Roeder 1947
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Freddie Lindley 1946
No Score Yet The Perfect Marriage Dale Williams, Sr. 1946
No Score Yet Her Favorite Patient Doc Fredericks 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Stanley Slade 1944
No Score Yet Friendly Enemies Henry Block 1942
No Score Yet Go West, Young Lady Jim Pendergast 1941
No Score Yet Honeymoon for Three Harvey Wilson (as Charlie Ruggles) 1941
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman George 1940
No Score Yet No Time for Comedy Philo Swift 1940
No Score Yet Maryland Dick Piper 1940
No Score Yet Balalaika Nicki Popoff 1939
No Score Yet Breaking the Ice Samuel Terwilliger 1938
93% Bringing Up Baby Maj. Horace Applegate 1938
No Score Yet Service De Luxe Scott Robinson 1938
No Score Yet Exclusive Tod Swain 1937
No Score Yet Turn Off the Moon Elliott Dinwiddy 1937
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Senator Henry Ruggles 1936
No Score Yet Yours for the Asking Sunbathers on Beach 1936
No Score Yet Wives Never Know Homer Bigelow 1936
No Score Yet Anything Goes Reverend Dr. Moon 1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936 Actor 1935
No Score Yet No More Ladies Edgar Holden 1935
100% Ruggles of Red Gap Egbert Floud 1935
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness Aaron Kirkland 1935
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car Scott 1934
No Score Yet Six of a Kind J. Pinkham Whinney 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland March Hare 1933
No Score Yet Goodbye Love Actor 1933
No Score Yet Melody Cruise Pete Wells 1933
60% Murders in the Zoo Peter Yates, Zoo Press Agent 1933
92% Trouble in Paradise The Major 1932
100% Love Me Tonight Viscount de Varese 1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Guest Star 1932
100% One Hour With You Adolph 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Henry Peabody 1932
No Score Yet Madame Butterfly Lt. Barton 1932
88% The Smiling Lieutenant Max 1931
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt Lord Babberly 1930
No Score Yet Ramrod Ben Dickason 1930

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Colonel
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Beverly Hillbillies
1962-1971
Farquhar Lowell Farquhar
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
John Canfield
  • 1965
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Charlie Wiggens
  • 1965
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Caldwell
  • 1965
  • 1964
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Callahan
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
  • 1960

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