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Charles Winninger

Charles Winninger

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1884-05-26 · Deathday: 1969-01-27 (84 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Athens, Wisconsin, USA

58 Movies · 3 TV shows

Also Known As: Charlie Winninger

Biography

Winninger began as a vaudeville actor. His most famous stage role was as Cap'n Andy Hawks in the original production of Show Boat, the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II musical classic, in 1927. He played the role in the 1932 stage revival and the 1936 film version of the show. He became so identified with the role and with his persona as a riverboat captain that he played several variations of the role, notably on the radio program Maxwell House Show Boat, which was clearly inspired by the Broadway musical. Winninger's pre-Code film career includes Night Nurse, a 1931 Barbara Stanwyck drama about two little girls being systematically starved to death by the family chauffeur, played by Clark Gable. Winninger portrays a kindly physician who attempts to save the suffering children. After the film of Show Boat in 1936, Winninger appeared in 1936's Three Smart Girls (as the father of Deanna Durbin's character), 1937's Nothing Sacred (as the drunken doctor who misdiagnoses Carole Lombard's character), 1939's Destry Rides Again (as Wash, the sheriff), 1941's Ziegfeld Girl (as the father of Judy Garland's character), and 1945's State Fair (as Abel Frake). He returned to Broadway only once more – for the 1951 revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Music in the Air. Winninger had the lead role in only one film, 1953's The Sun Shines Bright, John Ford's remake of Judge Priest. Winninger played the role that Will Rogers portrayed in 1934. Winninger made a notable television appearance in 1954 in I Love Lucy as Barney Kurtz, the former vaudevillian partner of Fred Mertz (played by William Frawley) in an episode titled "Mertz and Kurtz". He made his last film in 1960.

Movies & TV shows

1988.

1 Movie

1960.

1 Movie

1955.

1 Movie · 1 TV show

1953.

3 Movies

1951.

2 TV shows

1950.

1 Movie

1948.

2 Movies

1947.

2 Movies

1946.

1 Movie

1945.

2 Movies

1944.

3 Movies

1943.

4 Movies

1942.

2 Movies

1941.

4 Movies

1940.

5 Movies

1939.

4 Movies

1938.

2 Movies

1937.

7 Movies

1936.

3 Movies

1934.

1 Movie

1931.

7 Movies

1930.

1 Movie

1926.

1 Movie
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