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Charles C. Wilson

Charles Cahill Wilson (July 29, 1894 – January 7, 1948) was an American screen and stage actor. He appeared in numerous films during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the late 1920s to late 1940s. Born in New York City in 1894, the white-haired, burly actor was often typecast as an earnest police officer, newspaper editor or principal. He appeared in over 250 films between 1928 and 1948, mostly playing small supporting roles with a few sentences. Charles Wilson began his acting career at the theatre, including roles in six Broadway plays between 1918 and 1931. In 1928, he directed the Hollywood comedy Lucky Boy (1928), where he also made his film debut. According to the Internet Movie Database, Lucky Boy was Wilson's only film as a director. His most notable role was probably Clark Gable's "wonderfully aggravated" newspaper boss in Frank Capra's comedy It Happened One Night, which won five Academy Awards in 1935. He was also cast in small roles in other Capra movies such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Shortly before his death, Wilson appeared as the boss of the Three Stooges in the two-reel comedy Crime on Their Hands (1948).

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Jul 29, 1894 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Broadway Scandals 1929-11-10
Latest Project:
Movie Crime on Their Hands 1948-12-09
Known For
Poster of The Roaring Twenties
Poster of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Poster of It Happened One Night
Poster of Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen
Movie Crime on Their Hands J.L. Cameron 1948-12-09
Movie Blazing Across the Pecos Mayor Ace Brockway 1948-07-01
Movie Meet Mr. Mischief Harry's Boss 1947-01-23
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1947-09-01
Movie Passkey to Danger Police Sergeant 1946-05-11
Movie Larceny in Her Heart Chief Gentry (as Charles Wilson) 1946-05-20
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Charlie (uncredited) 1946-12-20
Movie Blonde for a Day Chief of Police Will Gentry (as Charles Wilson) 1946-06-10
Movie A Gun in His Hand Chief of Police (uncredited) 1945-09-15
Movie Week-End at the Waldorf Hi Johns 1945-10-04
Movie Scarlet Street Watchman (uncredited) 1945-12-25
Movie Road to Utopia Official Policeman (uncredited) 1945-11-01
Movie Crime by Night District Attorney Hyatt 1944-09-09
Movie Batman Captain Arnold 1943-07-16
Movie Silver Spurs Mr. Hawkins 1943-08-12
Movie Rings on Her Fingers 1942-03-20
Movie Lady Gangster Detective 1942-04-01
Movie Blondie Goes to College Police Sergeant 1942-01-15
Movie Gentleman Jim Gurney (uncredited) 1942-11-14
Movie This Gun for Hire Police Captain 1942-04-24
Movie The Secret Code Desk Sgt. Cullen 1942-09-04
Movie Escape from Crime C.L. Reardon - Managing Editor (as Charles Wilson) 1942-07-25
Movie The Face Behind the Mask Chief O'Brien 1941-01-16
Movie Federal Fugitives Bruce Lane 1941-03-29
Movie Meet John Doe Charlie Dawson 1941-03-14
Movie Broadway Limited Detective (as Charles Wilson) 1941-06-13
Movie Dressed to Kill Newspaper Editor 1941-08-08
Movie Girl in 313 Vincent Brady, Commissioner of Police 1940-05-31
Movie Millionaires in Prison R.J. Reynolds, Sunday Editor (uncredited) 1940-07-12
Movie He Married His Wife Warden 1940-01-19
Movie They Drive by Night Mike Williams (uncredited) 1940-07-26
Movie Sandy Is a Lady Sergeant 1940-05-21
Movie Knute Rockne All American Gambler (uncredited) 1940-10-05
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Sergeant 1940-09-13
Movie Tin Pan Alley Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1940-11-29
Movie Lady with Red Hair George Martin (uncredited) 1940-11-30
Movie Charter Pilot Owen 1940-12-06
Movie City for Conquest Bill - Man Behind MacPherson at Fight (uncredited) 1940-09-21
Movie The Cowboy Quarterback Coach Hap Farrell 1939-07-29
Movie The House of Fear Police Chief 1939-06-30
Movie Rose of Washington Square Mike Cavanaugh 1939-05-05
Movie Hotel for Women Albert 1939-08-03
Movie Fighting Thoroughbreds Spencer Bogart 1939-01-06
Movie Here I Am a Stranger Managing Editor 1939-09-29
Movie The Return of Doctor X Det. Kincaid 1939-11-23
Movie Invisible Stripes Arresting Officer (uncredited) 1939-12-30
Movie The Roaring Twenties Policeman (uncredited) 1939-10-28
Movie Smashing the Money Ring Capt. Kilrane 1939-10-21
Movie Prison Farm Reardon 1938-06-17
Movie Little Miss Thoroughbred Becker 1938-06-04
Movie Sally, Irene and Mary Covered Wagon Cafe Manager 1938-03-04
Movie State Police Captain Halstead 1938-03-18
Movie When Were You Born Inspector Jim C. Gregg 1938-06-18
Movie Gateway Inspector 1938-08-05
Movie The Spider's Web Chase 1938-10-21
Movie Hold That Co-ed Coach Burke 1938-09-16
Movie Tenth Avenue Kid Commissioner 1938-08-22
Movie Midnight Court Police Chief 1937-03-06
Movie The Great O'Malley Policeman Chiding School Bus Driver (uncredited) 1937-02-13
Movie Woman in Distress Editor Herbert Claxton 1937-01-17
Movie You Only Live Once Police Inspector (uncredited) 1937-01-23
Movie The Case of the Stuttering Bishop Hamilton Burger 1937-06-08
Movie They Wanted to Marry Clark 1937-02-05
Movie The Adventurous Blonde Mortimer Gray 1937-11-13
Movie Life Begins in College Tom Burke 1937-10-01
Movie Roaring Timber Sam Garvin 1937-07-03
Movie Broadway Melody of 1938 Horse Auctioneer (uncredited) 1937-08-20
Movie One Mile From Heaven Fletcher 1937-08-18
Movie Panic on the Air Chief Inspector Fitzgerald 1936-04-10
Movie The Mine with the Iron Door Pitkins 1936-05-06
Movie Mr. Deeds Goes to Town County Hospital Guard (uncredited) 1936-04-09
Movie The Country Doctor George the Boat Captain (uncredited) 1936-03-12
Movie Earthworm Tractors H.J. Russell 1936-07-24
Movie Strike Me Pink Hardie 1936-01-24
Movie Big Brown Eyes Prosecuting Attorney 1936-04-03
Movie Satan Met a Lady Detective Pollock 1936-07-22
Movie The Magnificent Brute Murphy 1936-10-11
Movie 36 Hours to Kill F.B.I. Chief 1936-07-24
Movie Mind Your Own Business Detective 1936-12-18
Movie Down the Stretch Tex Reardon 1936-09-18
Movie Legion of Terror Colonel McCollum (as Charles Wilson) 1936-11-01
Movie Grand Jury City Editor 1936-08-07
Movie I'd Give My Life Warden 1936-08-13
Movie The Gentleman from Louisiana Diamond Jim Brady 1936-08-14
Movie Air Hawks Newspaper editor 1935-05-07
Movie The Nitwits Police Captain Jennings 1935-06-07
Movie Baby Face Harrington City Editor 1935-04-12
Movie Murder in the Fleet Commander Brown (Uncredited) 1935-05-24
Movie Car 99 Trooper Captain Ryan 1935-03-02
Movie The Gilded Lily Managing Editor 1935-01-25
Movie The Great Hotel Murder Anthony Wilson 1935-02-27
Movie The Glass Key District Attorney Edward J. Farr 1935-06-15
Movie Four Hours to Kill! Taft 1935-04-11
Movie Mary Burns, Fugitive G-Man at dancehall 1935-11-15
Movie Show Them No Mercy! Clifford 1935-12-06
Movie After the Dance Chief of Police 1935-06-25
Movie Music Is Magic Decker - Theatre Manager (uncredited) 1935-11-01
Movie We're Only Human Editor of The Daily Star 1935-12-27
Movie The Public Menace First Detective 1935-09-30
Movie Waterfront Lady Jim McFee aka Mac 1935-10-04
Movie The Case of the Lucky Legs Police Officer Ricker 1935-10-05
Movie The Hell Cat Graham 1934-06-16
Movie It Happened One Night Joe Gordon 1934-02-22
Movie Fog Over Frisco Detective Sergeant O'Hagen 1934-06-02
Movie Cross Country Cruise Detective (Uncredited) 1934-01-16
Movie The Circus Clown Sheldon 1934-06-30
Movie Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Chief of Police 1934-01-12
Movie The 9th Guest Burke (Uncredited) 1934-01-31
Movie Affairs of a Gentleman Inspector Quillan 1934-05-01
Movie Men of the Night Benson 1934-11-18
Movie Here Is My Heart Captain Dodge 1934-12-28
Movie The Dragon Murder Case Det. Hennessey 1934-08-25
Movie The St. Louis Kid Mr. Harris - the Trucking Company Boss 1934-11-10
Movie Murder in the Clouds Lackey 1934-12-15
Movie The Human Side Furniture Buyer (uncredited) 1934-09-01
Movie Port of Lost Dreams Warden 1934-10-14
Movie Embarrassing Moments Attorney 1934-09-01
Movie Disgraced! Thompson, Assistant District Attorney 1933-07-07
Movie The Mayor of Hell Wilson (uncredited) 1933-06-24
Movie Hard to Handle Jailer (uncredited) 1933-01-28
Movie Mary Stevens, M.D. Walter Rising 1933-07-22
Movie Private Detective 62 Club Bartender (uncredited) 1933-06-10
Movie The Kennel Murder Case Detective Hennessy (uncredited) 1933-10-28
Movie No Marriage Ties Red Moran, City Desk Editor 1933-08-11
Movie Havana Widows Mr. Timberg 1933-11-18
Movie College Coach Charles Hauser 1933-11-13
Movie Female Private Detective Falihee (Uncredited) 1933-11-11
Movie Stolen Heaven Detective 1931-02-20
Movie Hot News Margie Newspaper Editor (uncredited) 1931-11-27
Movie Insurance Doctor (uncredited) 1930-08-23
Movie Getting a Ticket Motorcycle Cop 1930-03-22
Movie Broadway Scandals Jack 1929-11-10