Charles C. Wilson

Charles C. Wilson

  • Born on
    • July 29th, 1894
  • Died on
    • January 7th, 1948
Charles Cahill Wilson (July 29, 1894 – January 7, 1948) was an American screen and stage actor. He appeared in numerous films during the Golden Age of Hollywood from the late 1920s to late 1940s. Born in New York City in 1894, the white-haired, burly actor was often typecast as an earnest police officer, newspaper editor or principal. He appeared in over 250 films between 1928 and 1948, mostly playing small supporting roles with a few sentences. Charles Wilson began his acting career at the theatre, including roles in six Broadway plays between 1918 and 1931. In 1928, he directed the Hollywood comedy Lucky Boy (1928), where he also made his film debut. According to the Internet Movie Database, Lucky Boy was Wilson's only film as a director. His most notable role was probably Clark Gable's "wonderfully aggravated" newspaper boss in Frank Capra's comedy It Happened One Night, which won five Academy Awards in 1935. He was also cast in small roles in other Capra movies such as Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Shortly before his death, Wilson appeared as the boss of the Three Stooges in the two-reel comedy Crime on Their Hands (1948).

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Acting (41 Credits)

1947The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
1946It's a Wonderful Life as Charlie (uncredited)
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Hi Johns
1945Scarlet Street as Watchman (uncredited)
1945Road to Utopia as Official Policeman (uncredited)
1944Crime by Night as District Attorney Hyatt
1943Silver Spurs as Mr. Hawkins
1943Batman as Captain Arnold
1942This Gun for Hire as Police Captain
1942Lady Gangster as Detective
1942Rings on Her Fingers
1942Gentleman Jim as Gurney (uncredited)
1941The Face Behind the Mask as Chief O'Brien
1941Dressed to Kill as Newspaper Editor
1941Meet John Doe as Charlie Dawson
1941Out of the Fog
1940They Drive by Night as Mike Williams (uncredited)
1940Knute Rockne All American as Gambler (uncredited)
1940City for Conquest as Bill - Man Behind MacPherson at Fight (uncredited)
1939The Return of Doctor X as Det. Kincaid
1939Rose of Washington Square as Mike Cavanaugh
1939Invisible Stripes as Arresting Officer (uncredited)
1939The Roaring Twenties as Policeman (uncredited)
1937Night Key as Police Capt. Wallace (uncredited)
1937Broadway Melody of 1938 as Horse Auctioneer (uncredited)
1937The Great O'Malley as Policeman Chiding School Bus Driver (uncredited)
1937You Only Live Once as Police Inspector (uncredited)
1936Satan Met a Lady as Detective Pollock
1936Big Brown Eyes as Prosecuting Attorney (Uncredited)
1936Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as County Hospital Guard (uncredited)
1935The Gilded Lily as Managing Editor
1935The Case of the Lucky Legs as Police Officer Ricker
1934It Happened One Night as Joe Gordon
1934Fog Over Frisco as Detective Sergeant O'Hagen
1934The Dragon Murder Case as Det. Hennessey
1934The 9th Guest as Burke (Uncredited)
1933Private Detective 62 as Club Bartender (Uncredited)
1933Female as Private Detective Falihee (Uncredited)
1933The Kennel Murder Case as Detective Hennessy (uncredited)
1933Hard to Handle as Jailer (uncredited)
1933The Mayor of Hell as Wilson (uncredited)

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