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|Born||Charles David Tannen
October 22, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||December 18, 1980
San Bernardino, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Occupation||Actor, Television screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Joan Robertson Tannen|
|Relatives||Julius Tannen (father)|
Charles David Tannen (October 22, 1915 – December 28, 1980) was an American actor and screenwriter. A general purpose actor who worked primarily at 20th Century Fox, he had mostly bit and/or supporting parts in movies, appearing in more than two hundred films, including Jesse James (1939), The Return of Frank James (1940), Doll Face (1945), There's No Business Like Show Business and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe) (1953), The Fly (1958), Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961).
Director Preston Sturges once praised Tannen for his acting ability, being quoted as saying,
"If you have a middle-aged character part, either Gentile or Jewish, either comic or dramatic, I urge you to give it to Tannen, and I guarantee that you will be enchanted by his authority, his unction, his voice, his theatrical resource, and his profound ability."
Tannen died in 1980 in San Bernardino, California at the age of 65 of a heart attack.