Charles Butterworth (actor)
Charles Butterworth in Second Chorus (1940)
|Born||July 26, 1896|
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
|Died||June 14, 1946 (aged 49)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||automobile accident|
|Resting place||St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Indiana|
|Other names||Charlie Butterworth|
|Occupation||Stage and film actor|
|Spouse(s)||Ethel Kenyon (February 1932-1939)|
Charles Edward Butterworth (July 26, 1896 – June 13, 1946) was an American actor specializing in comedic roles, often in musicals. Butterworth's distinctive voice was the inspiration for the Cap'n Crunch commercials from the Jay Ward studio: voice actor Daws Butler based Cap'n Crunch on the voice of Butterworth.
After graduating, Butterworth became a newspaper reporter in South Bend and subsequently Chicago.
One of Butterworth's more memorable film roles was in the Irving Berlin musical This Is the Army (1943) as the bugle-playing Private Eddie Dibble. He generally was a supporting actor, though he had top billing in We Went to College (1936), played the title role in Baby Face Harrington (1935), and shared top billing (as the Sultan) with Ann Corio in The Sultan's Daughter (1944). In his obituary, he is described as "characterizing the man who could not make up his mind".
He is credited with the quip "Why don't you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini?" from Every Day's a Holiday. In Forsaking All Others, when Clark Gable, quoting Benjamin Franklin, said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," Butterworth replied, "Ever take a good look at a milkman?"
- Vital Subjects (1929, Short)
- Ladies of Leisure (1930) - Party Guest (uncredited)
- The Life of the Party (1930) - Colonel Joy
- Illicit (1931) - Georgie Evans
- The Bargain (1931) - Geoffrey
- Side Show (1931) - Sidney
- The Mad Genius (1931) - Karimsky
- Manhattan Parade (1931) - Herbert T. Herbert
- Beauty and the Boss (1932) - Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.
- Love Me Tonight (1932) - Count de Savignac
- The Nuisance (1933) - Floppy Phil Montague
- Penthouse (1933) - Layton
- My Weakness (1933) - Gerald Gregory
- The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) - Charles
- Hollywood Party (1934) - Harvey Clemp
- Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934) - Algy 'Mousey' Longworth
- Student Tour (1934) - Ethelred Lippincott - Professor of Philosophy
- Forsaking All Others (1934) - Shemp
- The Night Is Young (1935) - Willy Fitch
- Baby Face Harrington (1935) - Willie
- Orchids to You (1935) - Teddy Stuyvesant
- Magnificent Obsession (1935) - Tommy Masterson
- The Moon's Our Home (1936) - Horace Van Steedan
- Half Angel (1936) - Doc Felix
- We Went to College (1936) - Glenn Harvey
- Rainbow on the River (1936) - Barrett
- Swing High, Swing Low (1937) - Harry
- Every Day's a Holiday (1937) - Larmadou Graves
- Thanks for the Memory (1938) - Biney
- Let Freedom Ring (1939) - The Mackerel
- The Boys from Syracuse (1940) - Duke of Ephesus
- Second Chorus (1940) - Mr. Chisholm
- There's Nothing to It (1941)
- Blonde Inspiration (1941) - 'Bittsy' Conway
- Road Show (1941) - Harry Whitman
- Sis Hopkins (1941) - Horace Hopkins
- What's Cookin'? (1942) - J. P. Courtney
- Night in New Orleans (1942) - Edward Wallace
- Give Out, Sisters (1942) - Prof. Woof
- This Is the Army (1943) - Eddie Dibble
- Always a Bridesmaid (1943) - Col. Thaddeus Winchester
- The Sultan's Daughter (1944) - Sultan of Araband
- Follow the Boys (1944) - Louie Fairweather
- Bermuda Mystery (1944) - Dr. Randolph Tilford
- Dixie Jamboree (1944) - Professor (final film role)
- "Butterworth, Film Comedian, 49 Killed In Hollywood When Auto Hits Lamp Post". The New York Times. June 14, 1946. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
- "Charles Butterworth". The New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
- Keyes, Ralph (2006). The Quote Verifier. Macmillan. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-312-34004-9.
- "Charles Butterworth Killed in Car's Crash - Comedian's Auto Skids into Lamp Post as He Returns from Party in Night Club", p. 11, The Los Angeles Times, Fri, June 14, 1946.
- Brettell, Andrew; King, Noel; Kennedy, Damien; Imwold, Denise; Leonard, Warren Hsu; von Rohr, Heather (2005). Cut!: Hollywood Murders, Accidents, and Other Tragedies. Barrons Educational Series. p. 262. ISBN 0-7641-5858-9.
- "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Charles Butterworth". walkoffame.com. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
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