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Charlie Ruggles

Highest Rated:   100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Lowest Rated:   86% Son of Flubber (1963)
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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
89% 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 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 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
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Maj. Horace Applegate
1938
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Tod Swain
1937
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 Murder in the Private Car
  • Scott
1934
No Score Yet Six of a Kind
  • J. Pinkham Whinney
1934
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • March Hare
1933
No Score Yet Goodbye Love
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Melody Cruise
  • Pete Wells
1933
No Score Yet Murders in the Zoo
  • Peter Yates, Zoo Press Agent
1933
91% 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
88% The Smiling Lieutenant
  • Max
1931
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt
  • Lord Babberly
1930
No Score Yet Ramrod
  • Ben Dickason
1930

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