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Charles Ruggles

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the early 1930s, and was one of the standouts in the all-star comedy If I Had a Million (1932), as a harried, much-put-upon man who finally goes berserk in a china shop. Ruggles' slight stature and distinctive mannerisms - his fluttery, jumpy manner of speaking, his often befuddled look whenever events seemed about to overwhelm him, which was often - endeared him to generations of moviegoers. Memorable as Maj. Applegate the big-game hunter in the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938). Many will remember him as the narrator of the "Aesop's Fables" segment of the animated cartoon The Bullwinkle Show (1961). He was the brother of director Wesley Ruggles.

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Feb 8, 1886 In Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Reform Candidate 1915-12-16
Latest Project:
Movie Carousel 1967-05-07
Known For
Poster of Vacation Playhouse
Poster of The World of Mr. Sweeney
Poster of The Doughgirls
Poster of Bringing Up Baby
Movie Carousel The Starkeeper / Dr. Selden 1967-05-07
Movie The Ugly Dachshund Dr. J. L. Pruitt 1966-02-16
Movie Follow Me, Boys! John Everett Hughes 1966-12-01
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie I'd Rather Be Rich Dr. Charles Crandall 1964-08-25
Movie Son of Flubber Judge Murdock 1963-01-16
Series Vacation Playhouse Eli Harcourt 1963-07-22
Movie Papa's Delicate Condition Anthony Ghio 1963-03-06
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie The Parent Trap Charles McKendrick 1961-05-13
Movie All in a Night's Work Dr. Warren Kingsley Sr 1961-01-01
Movie The Pleasure of His Company Mackenzie Savage 1961-06-01
Series The World of Mr. Sweeney Cicero P. Sweeney 1954-06-30
Movie Ben and Me Ben Franklin (voice) 1953-11-11
Movie The Lovable Cheat Claude Mercadet 1949-05-11
Movie Look for the Silver Lining Caro "Pop" Miller 1949-07-30
Movie Give My Regards to Broadway Toby Helper 1948-06-08
Movie The Perfect Marriage Dale Williams, Sr. 1947-01-24
Movie Ramrod Ben Dickason 1947-05-02
Movie My Brother Talks to Horses Richard Pennington Roeder 1947-02-04
Movie It Happened on Fifth Avenue Michael J. 'Mike' O'Connor 1947-04-17
Movie A Stolen Life Freddie Linley 1946-05-01
Movie Gallant Journey Jim Montgomery 1946-09-24
Movie Her Favorite Patient Dr. J.H. 'Doc' Fredericks 1945-06-22
Movie Incendiary Blonde Cherokee Jim 1945-07-25
Movie The Shining Future Mr. Ames 1944-04-11
Movie Our Hearts Were Young and Gay Otis Skinner 1944-11-02
Movie The Road to Victory Himself 1944-05-18
Movie Three Is a Family Sam Whitaker 1944-11-23
Movie The Doughgirls Stanley Slade 1944-11-25
Movie Dixie Dugan Pa Dugan 1943-03-12
Movie Friendly Enemies Unknown 1942-06-21
Movie Model Wife Milo Everett 1941-04-17
Movie The Parson of Panamint Chuckawalla Bill Redfield 1941-07-25
Movie Honeymoon for Three Harvey Wilson 1941-01-18
Movie Go West, Young Lady Jim Pendergast 1941-11-27
Movie The Perfect Snob Dr. Edgar Mason 1941-12-19
Movie Opened by Mistake Buzz Nelson 1940-05-10
Movie Maryland Dick Piper 1940-07-19
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Nickie North 1940-03-29
Movie Public Deb No. 1 Milburn 1940-09-13
Movie The Invisible Woman George 1940-12-28
Movie No Time for Comedy Philo Swift 1940-09-14
Movie Boy Trouble Homer C. Fitch 1939-01-27
Movie Sudden Money Sweeney J. Patterson 1939-03-31
Movie Night Work Homer C. Fitch 1939-08-04
Movie Invitation to Happiness Henry 'Pop' Hardy 1939-06-07
Movie Balalaika Nicki Popoff 1939-12-15
Movie Hollywood Handicap Himself 1938-05-28
Movie Breaking the Ice Sam Terwilliger 1938-09-22
Movie Bringing Up Baby Horace Applegate 1938-02-18
Movie His Exciting Night Adam Tripp 1938-11-11
Movie Service de Luxe Robinson 1938-10-12
Movie Turn Off the Moon J. Elliott Dinwiddy 1937-05-14
Movie Exclusive Tod Swain 1937-08-06
Movie Early to Bed Chester R. Beatty 1936-06-05
Movie The Preview Murder Mystery Cameo Appearance as Himself at Preview (Uncredited) 1936-02-28
Movie Hearts Divided Henry 1936-06-20
Movie Anything Goes Rev. Dr. Moon 1936-01-24
Movie Yours for the Asking Sunbather 1936-07-23
Movie Mind Your Own Business Orville Shanks 1936-12-18
Movie Wives Never Know Homer Bigelow 1936-09-18
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Charles Ruggles - Actor - Cameo Appearance (uncredited) 1936-08-20
Movie People Will Talk Henry Wilton 1935-05-24
Movie Ruggles of Red Gap Egbert Floud 1935-03-08
Movie No More Ladies Edgar Holden 1935-06-14
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1936 Wilbur Sealingsworth 1935-09-20
Movie Melody in Spring Warren Blodgett 1934-04-07
Movie Six of a Kind J. Pinkham Whinney 1934-02-09
Movie Murder in the Private Car Scott 1934-06-29
Movie Friends Of Mr. Sweeney Asaph 'Ace' Holliday 1934-07-28
Movie The Pursuit of Happiness Aaron Kirkland 1934-09-27
Movie Melody Cruise Pete Wells 1933-06-22
Movie Murders in the Zoo Peter Yates 1933-03-31
Movie Mama Loves Papa Wilbur Todd 1933-07-14
Movie Terror Aboard Blackie Witherspoon 1933-04-14
Movie Alice in Wonderland March Hare 1933-12-18
Movie Good-bye Love Oswald Groggs 1933-11-09
Movie Girl without a Room Vergil Crock 1933-12-08
Movie Make Me a Star Himself (uncredited) 1932-07-01
Movie This Is the Night Bunny 1932-04-08
Movie This Reckless Age Goliath Whitney 1932-01-09
Movie Love Me Tonight Viscount Gilbert de Var├Ęze 1932-08-18
Movie One Hour with You Adolph 1932-03-23
Movie The Night of June 13 Philo Strawn 1932-09-17
Movie If I Had a Million Henry Peabody 1932-12-02
Movie Madame Butterfly Lieutenant Barton 1932-12-30
Movie 70,000 Witnesses Johnny Moran 1932-09-09
Movie Evenings for Sale Bimpfl 1932-11-12
Movie Trouble in Paradise Major 1932-10-30
Movie Honor Among Lovers Monty Dunn 1931-02-28
Movie The Girl Habit Charlie Floyd 1931-06-27
Movie The Beloved Bachelor Jerry Wells 1931-10-23
Movie The House That Shadows Built (archive footage) 1931-07-08
Movie The Smiling Lieutenant Max 1931-08-01
Movie Queen High T. Boggs Johns 1930-08-23
Movie Roadhouse Nights Willie Bindbugel 1930-02-23
Movie Young Man of Manhattan Shorty Ross 1930-04-19
Movie Her Wedding Night Bertie Bird 1930-09-28
Movie Charley's Aunt Fancourt Babberley 1930-12-01
Movie Gentlemen Of The Press Charlie Haven 1929-05-04
Movie The Lady Lies Charlie Tayler 1929-09-21
Movie The Battle of Paris Zizi 1929-12-30
Movie The Heart Raider Unknown 1923-06-10
Movie The Reform Candidate Unknown 1915-12-16