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Roland Winters

Roland Winters (born Roland Winternitz) was an American actor who played many character parts in films and television but today is best remembered for portraying Charlie Chan in six films in the late 1940s. Monogram Pictures eventually selected Winters to replace Sidney Toler in the Charlie Chan film series. Winters was 44 when he made the first of his six Chan films, The Chinese Ring in 1947 and ending with Charlie Chan and the Sky Dragon (also known as Sky Dragon) in 1949. His other Chan films were "Docks of New Orleans", "Shanghai Chest", "The Golden Eye" and "The Feathered Serpent". He also had character roles in three other feature films while he worked on the Chan series. Yunte Huang, in Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, noted differences in the actors' appearances, especially that Winters' "tall nose simply could not be made to look Chinese." Huang also cited the actor's age, writing, "at the age of forty-four, he also looked too young to resemble a seasoned Chinese sage." In contrast to Huang, Ken Hanke wrote in his book, Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism, "Roland Winters has never received his due ... Winters brought with him a badly needed breath of fresh air to the series." He cited "the richness of the approach and the verve with which the series was being tackled" during the Winters era." Similarly, Howard M. Berlin, in his book, Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom, commented that "Winters brought a much needed breath of fresh air to the flagging film series with his self-mocking, semi-satirical interpretation of Charlie, which is very close to the Charlie Chan in Biggers' novels." After the series finished, Winters continued to work in film and television until 1982. He was in the movies So Big and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, played Elvis' father in Blue Hawaii and a judge in the Elvis film Follow That Dream. He made appearances as the boss on the early TV series Meet Millie as the boss and the courtroom drama Perry Mason. In one episode of the Bewitched TV series, he played the normally unseen McMann of McMann and Tate. He also portrayed Mr. Gimbel in Miracle on 34th Street in 1973.


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Born:
Nov 22, 1904 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
48
First Appeared:
In the movie Citizen Kane 1941-04-17
Latest Project:
Series The Dain Curse 1978-05-22
Known For
Poster of The Carol Burnett Show
Poster of Bewitched
Poster of Blue Hawaii
Poster of The West Point Story
Filmography
Series The Dain Curse Hubert Collinson 1978-05-22
Movie Miracle on 34th Street Mr. Gimbel 1973-12-14
Movie Loving Plommie 1970-03-04
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Series Bewitched Unknown 1964-09-17
Series The Addams Family Unknown 1964-09-18
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Movie Follow That Dream Judge 1962-04-11
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Ivar West 1962-09-20
Movie Big Deal in Laredo Henry Drummond 1962-10-07
Movie Blue Hawaii Fred Gates 1961-11-22
Movie Everything's Ducky Capt. Bollinger 1961-12-20
Movie The Iceman Cometh The General (Piet Wetjoen) 1960-11-14
Movie Cash McCall General Andrew 'Andy' Danvers 1960-01-27
Movie Never Steal Anything Small Doctor 1959-02-11
Series Play of the Week Unknown 1959-10-12
Movie Top Secret Affair Sen. Burdick 1957-01-30
Movie Jet Pilot Col. Sokolov 1957-10-11
Movie Bigger Than Life Dr. Ruric 1956-08-02
Movie So Big Klaas Pool 1953-10-31
Movie She's Working Her Way Through College Fred Copeland 1952-07-09
Movie Raton Pass Sheriff Perigord 1951-04-07
Movie Inside Straight Alexander Tomson 1951-03-01
Movie Follow the Sun Dr. Graham 1951-05-22
Movie Killer Shark Jeffrey White 1950-03-19
Movie Captain Carey, U.S.A. Manfredo Acuto 1950-02-21
Movie Guilty of Treason Soviet Comissar Belov 1950-02-20
Movie Convicted Vernon Bradley, Attorney 1950-08-01
Movie The Underworld Story Stanley Becker, lawyer 1950-07-26
Movie Sierra Passage Sam Cooper 1950-12-31
Movie To Please a Lady Dwight Barrington 1950-10-13
Movie The West Point Story Harry Eberhart 1950-11-25
Movie Between Midnight and Dawn Leo Cusick 1950-10-01
Movie Sky Dragon Charlie Chan 1949-04-27
Movie Tuna Clipper E.J. Ransom 1949-04-11
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff T. Hanley Brooks 1949-08-22
Movie Once More, My Darling Col. Head 1949-09-10
Movie A Dangerous Profession Jerry McKay 1949-12-10
Movie Malaya Bruno Gruber 1949-12-27
Movie The Golden Eye Charlie Chan 1948-08-29
Movie Docks of New Orleans Charlie Chan 1948-03-21
Movie The Shanghai Chest Charlie Chan 1948-07-11
Movie Cry of the City Ledbetter 1948-09-29
Movie The Return of October Colonel Wood 1948-10-26
Movie The Feathered Serpent Charlie Chan 1948-12-19
Movie Kidnapped Capt. Hoseason 1948-11-28
Movie The Chinese Ring Charlie Chan 1947-12-06
Movie Citizen Kane Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited) 1941-04-17