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Charles Lane
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    (January 26, 1905-July 9, 2007)
    Birth name is Charles Gerstle Levison
    Acted in 'Twentieth Century (1934),' 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939),' 'Tarzan's New York Adventure (1942),' 'Arsenic and Old Lace (1944),' 'It's a Wonderful Life (1946),' 'Moonrise (1948),' 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963),' 'The Carpetbaggers (1964),' 'The Winds of War (1983),' 'War and Remembrance (1988)' and 'Acting on Impulse (1993)'
    Portrayed Mr. Finch on the TV series 'Dennis The Menace' (1960-62), Homer Bedloe on 'Petticoat Junction' (1963-1968), Judge Anthony Petrillo on 'Soap' (1978), 4 different characters on 'I Love Lucy,' 3 different characters on 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 8 different characters on 'Bewitched'
    Founding member of the Screen Actors Guild (1933)
    Died at 102 (July 9, 2007)
    As a character actor he had no name recognition - one just heard his voice or saw his face and says, 'Oh yeah, THAT guy.'
    His face is hatchet shaped.
    He stated being typecast as bespectacled bureaucrats and boisterous blowhards 'is a pain in the ass. It didn't give me a chance, but it made the casting easier for the studio.'
    In 1990 when he was taken to the hospital with breathing problems a doctor asked if he was still smoking. He stated he'd kicked the habit 45 minutes earlier.
    He was married to the same woman for 71 years until her death in 2002.
    He had steady employment with over 150 film credits and countless TV appearances.
    He quit smoking after the hospital scare.
    When honored with a TVLand Award celebrating his 100th birthday and TV career he stated in his trademark bellowing voice, 'In case anyone's interested, I'm still available!' (March 16, 2005)

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