Charles Halton

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This article is about the American character actor. For the Australian public servant, see Charles Halton (public servant).
Charles Halton
Charles Halton in Nancy Drew... Reporter.jpg
Born (1876-03-16)March 16, 1876
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died April 16, 1959(1959-04-16) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Hepatitis
Occupation Actor
Years active 1917–58
Spouse(s) Lelah Halton

Charles Halton (March 16, 1876 – April 16, 1959) was a stern-faced American character actor who appeared in over 180 films.

Life and Career[edit]

Halton trained at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. From the 1920s, birdlike Charles Halton's thinning hair, rimless glasses and officious manner were familiar to generations of moviegoers. Whether playing the neighborhood busybody, a stern government bureaucrat or weaselly attorney, Halton's characters tried to drive the "immoral influences" out of the neighborhood, foreclose on the orphanage, evict the poor widow and her children from their apartment, or any other number of dastardly deeds, all justified usually by "...I'm sorry but that's my job."

One of his most memorable portrayals was as Mr. Carter, the bank examiner in It's a Wonderful Life (1946). In Enemy of Women (1944), the story of Joseph Goebbels, Halton played against type as a kindly radio performer of children's stories who is arrested by the Nazis.

His 40-year film career ended with High School Confidential! (1958), after which he retired. Halton died on April 16, 1959, from hepatitis related illness. He was 83. His cremated remains were interred in a columbarium of a southern California Forest Lawn cemetery, but it was reported that his family later exhumed his ashes.

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