Charley Grapewin

Actor, Vaudevillian
A celebrated vaudevillian at the top of the 20th century, Charley Grapewin traded the limelight for the quiet life until the Great Depression wiped out his savings, forcing the aging trouper back out onto the boards ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1869 in Xenia, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Sand 1949 (Movie)

Doug (Actor)

Texas Rangers Ride Again 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

They Died With Their Boots On 1940 (Movie)

California Joe (Actor)

Rhythm on the River 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

Of Human Hearts 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Three Comrades 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captains Courageous 1936 (Movie)

Uncle Salters (Actor)

The Good Earth 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

Libeled Lady 1935 (Movie)

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Alice Adams 1934 (Movie)

Mr Lamb (Actor)

The Petrified Forest 1934 (Movie)

Grandpa Maple (Actor)

The Kiss Before the Mirror 1932 (Movie)

Schultz (Actor)

Lady and Gent 1931 (Movie)

Grocer (Actor)

A Close Call for Ellery Queen (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

Ah, Wilderness! (Movie)

Mr. McComber (Actor)

Beauty for Sale (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Broadway Melody of 1938 (Movie)

James K. Blakeley (Actor)

Crash Dive (Movie)

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Disorderly Conduct (Movie)

Limpy (Actor)

Dust Be My Destiny (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Earthbound (Movie)

Mr. Whimser (Actor)

Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

Ellery Queen. Master Detective (Movie)

Inspector Queen (Actor)

Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (Movie)

Inspector Richard Queen (Actor)

Gold Dust Gertie (Movie)

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Hello, Everybody! (Movie)

Jed (Actor)

Heroes for Sale (Movie)

Pa Dennis (Actor)

Johnny Apollo (Movie)

Judge Emmett T. Brennan (Actor)

Judge Priest (Movie)

Sgt. Jimmy Bagby (Actor)

Listen, Darling (Movie)

Uncle Joe (Actor)

Midnight Mary (Movie)

Clerk (Actor)

No Man of Her Own (Movie)

Newsstand Clerk (Actor)

One Frightened Night (Movie)

Jasper Whyte (Actor)

Pilgrimage (Movie)

Dad Saunders (Actor)

Sudden Money (Movie)

Grandpa Casey Patterson (Actor)

The Bad Man of Brimstone (Movie)

Barney Lane (Actor)

The Big City (Movie)

The Mayor (Actor)

The Girl of the Golden West (Movie)

Uncle Davy (Actor)

The Impatient Years (Movie)

Bell "Boy" (Actor)

The Man Who Dared (Movie)

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The Shannons of Broadway (Movie)

Swanzey (Actor)

The Shopworn Angel (Movie)

Wilson the Caretaker (Actor)

The Voice of Bugle Ann (Movie)

Cal Royster (Actor)

Tobacco Road (Movie)

Jeeter Lester (Actor)

Torch Singer (Movie)

Mr. Judson (Actor)

When I Grow Up (TV Show)

Actor

Wild Boys of the Road (Movie)

Mr. Cadmust (Actor)

Wild Horse Mesa (Movie)

Sam Bass (Actor)

Biography

A celebrated vaudevillian at the top of the 20th century, Charley Grapewin traded the limelight for the quiet life until the Great Depression wiped out his savings, forcing the aging trouper back out onto the boards. Making his belated feature film debut at 60, Grapewin carved a niche for himself in Hollywood playing a succession of judges, doctors, civil servants and the occasional millionaire in such films as "Alice Adams" (1935) with Katharine Hepburn, "The Petrified Forest" (1936) with Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis, and "Captains Courageous" (1937) with Spencer Tracy. Lured away from retirement with the role of Uncle Henry in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), Grapewin attained a measure of cult immortality but more immediate was acclaim from his collaborations with director John Ford, "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940) and "Tobacco Road" (1941). His endearing onscreen presence won Grapewin a recurring role as amateur sleuth Ellery Queen's father in the long-running series, beginning with "Inspector Ellery Queen" (1940) and comprising eight films. Following the death of his wife, actress Anna Chance, in 1943, Grapewin worked less frequently after World War II. He retired in 1950 on the heels of playing a grandfather who reflects on his tragic childhood in "When I Grow Up" (1951). Grapewin's death in 1956 in no way diminished the actor's stock in the eyes of moviegoers, who had long since enshrined him as the kindly Uncle whose love pointed Judy Garland toward cinematic history at the end of the Yellow Brick Road.

Relationships

Anna Chance

Wife

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