Charles Ruggles

Charles Ruggles

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Charles Ruggles
Film: South side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Charles Ruggles
Radio: North side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Charles Ruggles
TV: East side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Actor
Born Feb. 8, 1886 in Los Angeles, CA
Died Dec. 23, 1970 of cancer in St. John's Hospital, CA

Charles Ruggles sputtered his way through hundreds of character roles as a mild-mannered, kindly, bumbling milquetoast.

"It was my mastery of the sputter system of dialogue which was my chief asset as an actor," he told an interviewer toward the end of a 60-year career in radio, television, vaudeville and the stage.

In his later roles he was usually cast as a kindly oldster with twinkling eyes who, when frustrated, erupted into exasperated sputters. He started one of the longest careers in show business playing newsboys and ended up playing grandfathers.

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