Charles Tyner

Charles Tyner had been acting on Broadway for only two years when, in 1959, he worked with Paul Newman in Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth". For the next decade, Tynan struggled to break into the film industry ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1925

Filmography

Actor (43)

ER 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Motorama 1993 (Movie)

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Pastime 1991 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Enid Is Sleeping 1990 (Movie)

Man at Indian Burial Site (Actor)

I'll Be Home For Christmas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulse 1988 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles 1987 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Hamburger... The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

Lyman Vunk (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

A Matter of Life and Death 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Evilspeak 1980 (Movie)

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The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete's Dragon 1977 (Movie)

Merle (Actor)

Family Plot 1976 (Movie)

Wheeler (Actor)

The Greatest Gift 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

Unger (Actor)

The Midnight Man 1973 (Movie)

Janitor (Actor)

Bad Company 1972 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

Jeremiah Johnson 1972 (Movie)

Robidoux (Actor)

The Emperor of the North Pole 1972 (Movie)

Cracker (Actor)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

Harold and Maude 1971 (Movie)

Uncle Victor (Actor)

Lawman 1971 (Movie)

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Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Sometimes a Great Notion 1971 (Movie)

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Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)

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The Cheyenne Social Club 1970 (Movie)

Charlie Bannister (Actor)

The Cowboys 1970 (Movie)

Tombstone Carver (Actor)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

Dr Lazarus (Actor)

The Moonshine War 1969 (Movie)

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The Reivers 1969 (Movie)

Edmonds (Actor)

The Traveling Executioner 1969 (Movie)

Virgil (Actor)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

Dace (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Boss Higgins (Actor)

Lilith 1964 (Movie)

Patient (Actor)

Deadly Messages (TV Show)

Actor

Father Murphy (TV Show)

Actor

Lassie: The New Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

The Awakening Land (TV Show)

Actor

Winter Kill (TV Show)

Actor

Young Pioneers (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Charles Tyner had been acting on Broadway for only two years when, in 1959, he worked with Paul Newman in Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth". For the next decade, Tynan struggled to break into the film industry, taking on measly uncredited parts in movies like "Fail-Safe" and "Lilith". But his friendship with the movie star proved to be fortuitous when Newman wrangled him into the role of good ol' boy Boss Higgs in the counterculture touchstone "Cool Hand Luke". Tynan became a prolific character actor, particularly in Westerns such as "The Stalking Moon", with Gregory Peck; "The Cowboys", with John Wayne; and "The Outlaw Josey Wales", with Clint Eastwood. In Hal Ashby's cult classic "Harold and Maude", Tyner was given a memorable bit as Bud Cort's jingoistic uncle. And his Southern accent never got a reprieve; he whistled Dixie in "The Reivers", from a book by William Faulkner, and was on the other side of the law from Boss Higgs in "The Longest Yard", a galumphing football comedy in which Tyner played a prisoner.

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