Charles Williams (American actor)

Charles Williams (September 27, 1898 – January 3, 1958) was an American actor and writer. He appeared in over 260 film and television productions between 1922 and 1956. He also worked as a writer on 30 films between 1932 and 1954.

Charles Williams
Charles Williams in Career Girl (1944).jpg
Williams in Career Girl (1944)
Born(1898-09-27)September 27, 1898
DiedJanuary 3, 1958(1958-01-03) (aged 59)
  • Actor
  • writer
Years active1922–1956
Virginia Josephine Evans
(m. 1928; died 1944)
Isabel Fannie Brown
(m. 1945)

He started his film career in the early 1920s in Paramount's New York studios, where he made his film debut in The Old Homestead, but also worked behind the camera as a writer and assistant director. With the arrival of sound film, he went to Hollywood and became a supporting actor there.[1] The actor with the short stature and high-pitched voice[1] was often uncredited for his appearances, although he had larger roles in a number of B movies.

Williams was known as a "B-movie regular", who often portrayed quirky, somewhat nerdy, bespectacled clerks, photographers and especially reporters.[2][1] He is perhaps-best remembered today[citation needed] for appearing in It's a Wonderful Life as Eustace, George Bailey's cousin and co-worker at the Building and Loan. Near the end of his life and career, Williams also played in a number of television series.

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  1. ^ a b c "Charles Williams". AllMovie.
  2. ^ Willan, Michael: The Essential It's a Wonderful Life: A Scene-by-Scene Guide to the Classic Film

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