Charles Correll

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This article is about the elder Charles Correll. For his son, the TV director, see Charles Correll (director).
Charles Correll
Charles and Alyce Correll
Correll and his wife, Alyce, 1937.
Born Charles James Correll
(1890-02-02)February 2, 1890
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Died September 26, 1972(1972-09-26) (aged 82)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
Occupation Radio actor
Years active 1921–1962
Known for Andy of Amos 'n' Andy
Spouse(s) Marie Janes (1927-1937)
Alyce McLaughlin (1937-1972)
Children Baby girl Correll
Dorothy
Barbara
Charles
John
Richard

Charles James Correll (February 2, 1890 – September 26, 1972) was an American radio comedian, best known for his work on the Amos 'n' Andy show with Freeman S. Gosden. Correll voiced the central character of Andy Brown, along with various supporting characters. Correll was born in Peoria, Illinois. Before teaming up with Gosden, he worked as a stenographer and a bricklayer. The two men met in Durham, North Carolina while working for the Joe Bren Producing Company.[2] Both Correll and Freeman vacationed at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in the 1930s and would broadcast Amos 'n' Andy from there.[3] From 1928 to 1934, the team never took a vacation away from their radio show.[4] To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Amos 'n' Andy on the air, the broadcast of March 19, 1958 was done by Correll and Gosden using their real voices and calling each other by their real names; this had never been done on the show before.[5]

Correll's first marriage to Marie Janes headed for divorce court on May 26, 1937; the couple had been married for ten years and had no children.[6][7] On September 11, 1937 in Glendale, California, he married Alyce McLaughlin, a former dancer;[8] they had six children, Dorothy, Charles, Barbara, John, and Richard.[3] On July 5, 1954, John Correll, his seven year old son, died of what appeared to be an accidental poisoning.[9] An autopsy determined the young boy died of an acute kidney infection.[10] A baby girl born to the couple in 1939 died when she was less than a day old.[11]

Correll died in a Chicago hospital following a heart attack; at the time of his death he was retired and living in Beverly Hills, California, just a few blocks away from his radio partner, Freeman Gosden.[3][12]

His son, Charles Correll, Jr. also went on to become an actor and a director. Another son, Richard Correll also became an actor, best remembered as Richard Rickover on Leave It To Beaver and also produced and directed the TV sitcom Family Matters.

The comedy team was named to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1962;[13] Correll received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his radio work in 1969.[14] In 1977, Correll was inducted in the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame along with Gosden.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cox, Jim, ed. (2002). Say Goodnight Gracie: The Last Years of Network Radio. McFarland and Company. p. 224. ISBN 0-7864-1168-6. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Dunning, John, ed. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, USA. p. 840. ISBN 0-19-507678-8. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Correll, Of Amos And Andy Shows, Dies". The Milwaukee Journal. 27 September 1972. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Amos 'n' Andy Are Show Business Historians". Ottawa Citizen. 15 November 1952. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "On The Airwave". The Miami News. 16 March 1958. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Too Much Caviar Wrecks Andy's Home". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 27 May 1937. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Private Lives. Life. 14 June 1937. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jokes At Matrimony But Lands At Altar". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 12 September 1937. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Son Of 'Andy' Of Radio Fame". St. Petersburg Times. 6 July 1954. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Death of Actor's Son Attributed to Infection". Reading Eagle. 5 August 1954. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "'Andy's' Daughter Dies". The Pittsburgh Press. 6 January 1939. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Famous 'Andy' Dies At Age 82". Gadsen Times. 27 September 1972. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "In Radio Hall Of Fame, 14 Men, Kate Smith". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 9 June 1962. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Charles Correll Star". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Broadcasting Hall of Fame". National Association of Broadcasters. Retrieved 28 September 2010. 

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