Charles Drake

Actor, Salesman
Many actors are forced to struggle for years before they land their big break, and many work a variety of day jobs only to find their way into the entertainment industry by accident. When New York City native Charles ... Read more »
Born: 10/02/1917 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

My Brother's Wedding 1991 (Movie)

2nd Pastor (Actor)

Partners in Crime 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Seven Minutes 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hail, Hero! 1969 (Movie)

Senator Murchiston (Actor)

Star Trek 1966 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Arrangement 1969 (Movie)

Finnegan (Actor)

The Counterfeit Killer 1968 (Movie)

Dolan (Actor)

The Swimmer 1968 (Movie)

Howard Graham (Actor)

Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Kevin Gilmore (Actor)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

Frank Taylor (Actor)

The Lively Set 1964 (Movie)

Paul Manning (Actor)

The Third Day 1964 (Movie)

Lawrence Conway (Actor)

Back Street 1961 (Movie)

Curt Stanton (Actor)

Tammy Tell Me True 1960 (Movie)

Buford Woodly (Actor)

Rendezvous 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

No Name on the Bullet 1958 (Movie)

Dr Luke Canfield (Actor)

Step Down to Terror 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Williams (Actor)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

John Donahue (Actor)

Until They Sail 1957 (Movie)

Captain Richard Bates (Actor)

Montgomery's Summer Stock 1951 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

Mick Anderson (Actor)

Female on the Beach 1955 (Movie)

Lieutenant Galley (Actor)

To Hell and Back 1955 (Movie)

Brandon (Actor)

Four Guns to the Border 1954 (Movie)

Sheriff Flannery (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Don Haynes (Actor)

Gunsmoke 1953 (Movie)

Johnny Lake (Actor)

It Came From Outer Space 1953 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

War Arrow 1953 (Movie)

Luke Schermerhorn (Actor)

Red Ball Express 1952 (Movie)

Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator (Actor)

Bonzo Goes to College 1951 (Movie)

Malcolm Drew (Actor)

Harvey 1950 (Movie)

Dr Sanderson (Actor)

The Pretender 1947 (Movie)

Dr. Leonard G. Koster (Actor)

Conflict 1945 (Movie)

Professor Norman Holdsworth (Actor)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

Johnny Mitchell (Actor)

Now, Voyager 1941 (Movie)

Leslie Trotter (Actor)

Nine Lives Are Not Enough 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Show)

Actor

The Lives of Jenny Dolan (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Joe Forrester (TV Show)

Actor

The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

Actor

The Smugglers (TV Show)

Actor
Other (5)

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

(Craft Service)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

(Craft Service)

The Limey 1999 (Movie)

(Craft Service)

The Muse 1999 (Movie)

craft service assistant (Craft Service)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

(Craft Service)

Biography

Many actors are forced to struggle for years before they land their big break, and many work a variety of day jobs only to find their way into the entertainment industry by accident. When New York City native Charles Drake graduated from Massachusetts-based Nichols College, he took up a job as a salesman. In 1939, he shifted gears and worked his way into a contract with Warner Brothers Studios. When his career didn't take off--resulting in mostly uncredited performances--his Hollywood dreams were even further delayed by a military stint in World War II. In 1945, with his service behind him, Drake headed back to Hollywood, but his situation looked bleak with an expired contract and no prospects. He did find a role in 1946 with the (appropriately) World War II-themed Marx Brothers comedy "A Night in Casablanca". But his true breakout came in 1950, appearing alongside James Stewart in the quirky, Oscar-winning comedy-fantasy "Harvey" as Dr. Sanderson. From that point on, the roles were varied and plentiful, including gigs in films like the 1953 cult-classic sci-fi horror film "It Came from Outer Space" and the 1954 James Stewart-starring music biography, "The Glenn Miller Story". Throughout the '60s and '70s (and briefly into the '80s), Drake mainly focused on one-off TV appearances--with nothing approaching the classic status of his earlier roles. But with a career spanning six decades, he more than left his mark.

EDUCATION

Nichols College

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