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Charles Dingle
Charles Dingle in Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Born
Charles Dingle

(1887-12-28)December 28, 1887
DiedJanuary 19, 1956(1956-01-19) (aged 68)
OccupationActor
Years active1928–1955
Spouse(s)Dorothea White
Children2

Charles Dingle (December 28, 1887 – January 19, 1956) was an American stage and film actor.

Early life

Dingle was born 28 December 1887 in Wabash, Indiana.

Career

Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid and Dan Duryea in the original Broadway production of The Little Foxes (1939)
Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Dingle, Carl Benton Reid and Dan Duryea in the original Broadway production of The Little Foxes (1939)

Dingle made his Broadway debut in the short-lived drama Killers in 1928. Better roles followed including Duke Theseus in the 1932 revival of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Sheriff Cole in Let Freedom Ring in 1935. He made his musical debut in Irving Berlin's Miss Liberty in 1950.

A veteran of over 50 feature films, he was best known for portraying hard edged businessmen and villains, such as Ben Hubbard, the crafty eldest member of the Hubbard family in The Little Foxes on both stage and screen, and Senator Brockway in the film version of Call Me Madam.

Critic Bosley Crowther wrote of his performance in The Little Foxes in The New York Times of August 22, 1941: "Charles Dingle as brother Ben Hubbard, the oldest and sharpest of the rattlesnake clan, is the perfect villain in respectable garb".[citation needed]

His last stage appearance was in 1954's The Immoralist co-starring Louis Jourdan, Geraldine Page and James Dean; it was also Dean's last Broadway appearance.

Personal life and death

He was married to actress Dorothea White (1896-1972). He died of a sudden heart attack at age 68 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was cremated and his ashes scattered in Germany.

Partial filmography

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