• Charles Drake

    1917 - 1994

    Charles Drake (1917 - 1994)

    Drake was born as Charles Ruppert in New York City. He graduated from Nichols College and became a salesman. In 1939, he turned to acting and signed a contract with Warner Brothers. He was not immediately successful. During World War II Drake served in the United States Army. Drake returned to Hollywood in 1945, his […]

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  • Charles Dubin

    1919 - 2011

    Charles Dubin (1919 - 2011)

    Charles Dubin (February 1, 1919 – September 5, 2011) was an American film and television director. From the early 1950s to 1991, Dubin worked in television, directing episodes of Tales of Tomorrow, Omnibus, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Virginian, Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Matlock, The Rockford Files, Murder, She Wrote and among other notable series. […]

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  • Charles Dullin

    1885 - 1949

    Charles Dullin (1885 - 1949)

    Actor. Born Charles Edouard François Marie Dullin in Yenne, France, he began his career in the French theatre as a performer and producer. In 1919, he made his big screen debut in the silent film “Ames d’orient”, followed by “The Secret of Rosette Lambert” (1920). A veteran of many films, his credits include “Misdeal” (1928), […]

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  • Charles Durning

    1923 - 2012

    Charles Durning (1923 - 2012)

    Durning was born in Highland Falls, New York, the ninth of ten children. His three brothers and sister, James (Roger) (1915–2000), Clifford (1916–1994), Frances (born 1919) and Gerald (born 1926), survived to adulthood but five sisters lost their lives to scarlet fever and smallpox as children. He was the son of Louise (née Leonard; 1894–1982), […]

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  • Charles E. Fredericks

    1918 - 1970

    Charles E. Fredericks (1918 - 1970)

    American motion picture and television actor of the 1950s and 60s. Appeared in the 1962 classic film drama “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Heart attack

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  • Charles E. Mack

    1887 - 1934

    Charles E. Mack (1887 - 1934)

    Stage, screen, vaudeville and radio actor. He was in the “Moran and Mack” comedy team with George Moran. They were usually referred to as the “Two Black Crows.”

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  • Charles E. Scripps

    1920 - 2007

    Charles E. Scripps (1920 - 2007)

    Media Mogul. He was known as the newspaperman’s newspaperman. He was the grandson of E.W. Scripps who founded in 1878, the newspaper that grew into the Cincinnati based media enterprise, The E.W. Scripps Company. As board chairman from 1953 to 1994, he presided over the company’s growth as a newspaper publisher into other forms of […]

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  • Charles Eaton

    1910 - 2004

    Charles Eaton (1910 - 2004)

    With his sister Doris Eaton Travis, Eaton made his Broadway debut in the 1918 version of Mother Carey’s Chickens. In a 1928 Broadway production called Skidding, which ran for 472 performances, Eaton created the role of Andy Hardy. Eaton acted in ten Broadway shows in total, including The Awakening and The Ziegfeld Follies of 1921, […]

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  • Charles Edward Ashburner

    1870 - 1932

    Charles Edward Ashburner (1870 - 1932)

    Pioneering City Manager. When he, a civil engineer, became “general manager” for Staunton, Virginia, he became the first city manager in the first city with a fully defined city manager system. He served as city manager of Staunton from 1908 to 1911, Springfield, Ohio in 1914, Norfolk, Virginia in 1918; and Stockton, California in 1923. […]

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  • Charles Edward Bull

    1881 - 1971

    Charles Edward Bull (1881 - 1971)

    Actor. A real-life Judge working for the Justice of the Peace in Reno, Nevada, he appeared in “Abe Lincoln” 1927, “Heart of Maryland” and “The Iron Horse”.  Family links:  Parents:  Samuel Middleton Bull (1853 – 1938)  Spouse:  Ada Grace Bull (1889 – 1964)  Siblings:  Infant Daughter Bull (1878 – 1878)*  Charles Edward Bull (1881 – […]

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  • Charles Elwood Brown

    1834 - 1904

    Charles Elwood Brown (1834 - 1904)

    Charles Elwood Brown (July 4, 1834 – May 22, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brown attended the common schools and Greenfield Academy, He was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1854. He went south and, while serving as tutor at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, studied law. He was admitted to […]

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  • Charles Emile Heil

    1870 - 1950

    Charles Emile Heil (1870 - 1950)

    Artist. Specialized on painting and etching of birds. Today his work can be seen in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Art in Washington DC. (bio by: Laurie)

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  • Charles Emmett Mack

    1900 - 1927

    Charles Emmett Mack (1900 - 1927)

    Actor. He was discovered by director D. W. Griffith, who cast him in his films “Dream Street” (1921), “One Exciting Night” (1922), “The White Rose” (1923), and “America” (1924). Mack later joined Warner Bros. and seemed destined for stardom when he was killed in a car crash while filming “The First Auto” (1927). He is […]

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  • Charles Esdale

    1970 - 1937

    Charles Esdale (1970 - 1937)

    Actor. He appeared in the films “Carry On Sergeant” (1928), “Summer Bachelors” (1926), and “Soul-Fire” (1925).

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  • Charles Eyton

    1871 - 1941

    Charles Eyton (1871 - 1941)

    Charles Eyton was the son of Henry and Eleanor Eyton. His sisters were singer/actress Vera (Veronica) Doria and writer Alice Eyton, who died of burns in 1929 after her masquerade costume was accidentally set alight. In 1900 Charles Eyton married Anna S. Cole. They were divorced in May 1901. On 3 September 1908, Charles Eyton married actress […]

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  • Charles Feltman

    1841 - 1910

    Charles Feltman (1841 - 1910)

    Businessman. A German immigrant, he was a catalyst in the development of Brooklyn, New York City’s Coney Island as an entertainment resort and an amusement park. Among his enduring innovations was the creation of the classic American “hot dog”, as he was the first to sell the popular sausages on a bun.

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  • Charles Fenton Mercer “Pete Whetstone” Noland

    1970 - 1858

    Charles Fenton Mercer “Pete Whetstone” Noland (1970 - 1858)

    Western Literary Figure. Born on August 23, 1810, in Aldie, Virginia, he was an orator most noted for writing yarns of rural frontier life under the pen name “Pete Whetstone”. After some time at West point, he studied law and became a lawyer in 1825. He entered into Arkansas politics, but after he killed Governor […]

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  • Charles Fernley Fawcett

    1915 - 2008

    Charles Fernley Fawcett (1915 - 2008)

    Actor, Filmmaker, Soldier. Co-founder of the International Medical Corps (IMC). The orphaned Fawcett, younger brother and two sisters, were raised by two aunts in Greenville, South Carolina. As a free-spirited young teenager, he began his life as an adventurer by working on steamships and traveling to the Far East. After a brief return to the […]

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  • Charles Francis Adams, Sr

    1807 - 1886

    Charles Francis Adams, Sr (1807 - 1886)

    US Congressman, US Diplomat.  The son of 6th United States President John Quincy Adams and grandson of 2nd United States President John Adams, he spent much of his early life traveling with his parents in Europe.  He returned in his adolescence to attend school in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating from Harvard University in 1825. He was […]

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  • Charles Francis Blair, Jr

    1909 - 1978

    Charles Francis Blair, Jr (1909 - 1978)

    United States Army Officer, Author. He served first in the the United States Army Air Corps, then the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of Brigadier General. His long career in military and commerical aviation was highlighted by his making the first solo crossing of the North Pole in a single engine plane. […]

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  • Charles Fraser

    1782 - 1860

    Charles Fraser (1782 - 1860)

    Artist. When a small child of nine Fraser’s parents died and he was raised by his older brother Frederick. In childhood his desire was to become a painter and it became his passion in life. But the profession, at that time was considered unworthy of a gentleman and no doubt his guardians felt it a […]

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  • Charles Frederick Gunther

    1837 - 1920

    Charles Frederick Gunther (1837 - 1920)

    Businessman. He was a confectionery manufacturing magnate who created the “Cracker Jacks” confection, and is credited with introducing caramel to the American populace. A native of Germany, he founded a candy business in Chicago, Illinois that was completely destroyed by the 1871 Chicago Fire. He rebuilt the business with an even larger candy factory, which […]

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  • Charles French

    1860 - 1952

    Charles French (1860 - 1952)

    Prolific American film actor who had a long career spanning from 1909 to 1944. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Charles Garnier

    1825 - 1898

    Charles Garnier (1825 - 1898)

    Architect.  Born Jean-Louis Charles Garnier in Paris. His father was originally from Sarthe, and had worked as a blacksmith, wheelwright, and coachbuilder before settling down in Paris to work in a horse-drawn carriage rental business. He married Felicia Colle, daughter of a captain in the French Army. Famed as the creator of the Paris Opera […]

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  • Charles Garrett “Garry” Betty

    1957 - 2007

    Charles Garrett “Garry” Betty (1957 - 2007)

    Businessman, CEO. He served as the president and corporate executive officer (CEO) of Earthlink, an Atlanta based Internet Service Provider. He joined Earthlink in 1996 and oversaw the company’s growth from a moderately sized business with half a million subscribers, to a nationally based company with over 5 million customers. He was a 1979 graduate […]

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  • Charles Gemora

    1903 - 1961

    Charles Gemora (1903 - 1961)

    Actor, stunt man, and make-up artist. Known for donning a gorilla costume for appearances in many motion pictures from the 1920s thru the 1950s. He appeared in “Swiss Miss” with Laurel & Hardy, and several of the ‘Road’ movies with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. (bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Heart attack

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  • Charles Gilpin

    1878 - 1930

    Charles Gilpin (1878 - 1930)

    Actor. Acclaimed by playwright Moss Hart as “the greatest actor of his race”, he originated the title role in “The Emperor Jones”, and was the first African-American performer to achieve mainstream stardom in the 20th Century. Born Charles Sidney Gilpin in the Jackson Ward section of Richmond, Virginia, he attended a segregated Catholic elementary school […]

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  • Charles Gimbel

    1861 - 1932

    Charles Gimbel (1861 - 1932)

    Businessman. He was the founder of the Gimbel’s Department Store.  Family links:  Parents:  Adam Gimbel (1816 – 1896)  Fridoline Kahnweiler Gimbel (1830 – 1886)  Spouse:  Ella Long Gimbel (1865 – 1949)*  Children:  Gertrude Gimbel Dannenbaum (1889 – 1948)*  Siblings:  Harriet Gimbel Labe (1848 – 1909)*  Julia Gimbel Greenewald (1849 – 1903)*  Jacob Gimbel (1851 – […]

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  • Charles Gray

    1928 - 2000

    Charles Gray (1928 - 2000)

    Gray was born Donald Marshall Gray in Bournemouth, Dorset, the son of Maude Elizabeth (née Marshall) and Donald Gray, who was a surveyor. Gray attended Bournemouth School alongside Benny Hill, whose school had been evacuated to the same buildings, during the Second World War. Some of his friends remember that his bedroom walls were plastered […]

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  • Charles Gulden

    1843 - 1916

    Charles Gulden (1843 - 1916)

    Entrepreneur/”The Father of American Mustard.” Born to German immigrants, Charles Gulden began his working career as an engraver in 1858. In 1860 he went to work for his uncle, who owned Union Mustard Mills located at 123 Mott Street in New York City. During the American Civil War, Charles was drafted in 1863 serving only […]

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