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Charles Drake

Charles Drake

Highest Rated: 100% Winchester '73 (1950)

Lowest Rated: 0% Walk the Proud Land (1956)

Birthday: Oct 2, 1917

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Many actors are forced to struggle for years before they land their big break, and many work a variety of day jobs only to find their way into the entertainment industry by accident. When New York City native Charles Drake graduated from Massachusetts-based Nichols College, he took up a job as a salesman. In 1939, he shifted gears and worked his way into a contract with Warner Brothers Studios. When his career didn't take off--resulting in mostly uncredited performances--his Hollywood dreams were even further delayed by a military stint in World War II. In 1945, with his service behind him, Drake headed back to Hollywood, but his situation looked bleak with an expired contract and no prospects. He did find a role in 1946 with the (appropriately) World War II-themed Marx Brothers comedy "A Night in Casablanca." But his true breakout came in 1950, appearing alongside James Stewart in the quirky, Oscar-winning comedy-fantasy "Harvey" as Dr. Sanderson. From that point on, the roles were varied and plentiful, including gigs in films like the 1953 cult-classic sci-fi horror film "It Came from Outer Space" and the 1954 James Stewart-starring music biography, "The Glenn Miller Story." Throughout the '60s and '70s (and briefly into the '80s), Drake mainly focused on one-off TV appearances--with nothing approaching the classic status of his earlier roles. But with a career spanning six decades, he more than left his mark.

Highest rated movies

100% To Hell and Back
100% Winchester '73
91% All That Heaven Allows
89% The Glenn Miller Story
87% Harvey
82% Air Force
81% It Came From Outer Space
67% Until They Sail

Photos

AIR FORCE, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, 1943 UNTIL THEY SAIL, from left: Charles Drake, Joan Fontaine, 1957 UNTIL THEY SAIL, from left, Joan Fontaine, Charles Drake, 1957 YOU CAME ALONG, (top to bottom) Charles Drake, Don DeFore, Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, 1945 WINCHESTER '73, from left: James Stewart, Millard Mitchell, Tony Curtis, James Best, Charles Drake, Jay C Flippen, 1950 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Brenda Joyce, Alan Napier, Evelyn Ankers, Charles Drake, Albert Dekker, 1949 A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA, Harpo Marx, Lewis Russell, Charles Drake, on-set, 1946 YOU CAME ALONG, Charles Drake, Lizabeth Scott, Robert Cummings, Don DeFore, 1945. Script by Ayn Rand TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Charles Drake, Albert Dekker, Lex Barker, 1949 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Charles Drake, Albert Dekker, Brenda Joyce, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Napier, 1949 RED BALL EXPRESS, from left, Charles Drake, Alex Nicol, Jeff Chandler, 1952 YOU CAME ALONG, Charles Drake, Robert Cummings, Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, 1945 YOU CAME ALONG, Lizabeth Scott, Charles Drake, Don DeFore, Robert Cummings, 1945 YOU CAME ALONG, Charles Drake, Robert Cummings, Don DeFore, 1945 AIR FORCE, Gig Young, John Ridgely, Charles Drake, James L. Brown, George Tobias, Arthur Kennedy, 1943 RED BALL EXPRESS, Charles Drake, Alex Nicol, Jeff Chandler, 1952 RED BALL EXPRESS, Charles Drake (seated), 1952 UNTIL THEY SAIL, from left: Joan Fontaine, Charles Drake, 1957 TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN, Evelyn Ankers, Alan Napier, Albert Dekker, Charles Drake, Brenda Joyce, Lex Barker, 1949 AIR FORCE, John Garfield, Ray Montgomery (on ground), Harry Carey, Charles Drake, 1943

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lives of Jenny Dolan Alan Hardesty (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Joe Forrester Deputy Chief Berliner (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Professor Popper's Problems Professor Popper (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Partners in Crime Lieutenant Fred Harnett (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Scream, Pretty Peggy George Thornton (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Screaming Woman Ken Bronson (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skin Game Jonathan Galley (Character) - 1971
15% 63% The Arrangement Finnegan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hail, Hero! Senator Murchiston (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smugglers Harry Miller (Character) - 1968
33% 58% Valley of the Dolls Kevin Gillmore (Character) - 1967
33% 70% Dear Heart Frank Taylor (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 22% The Third Day Lawrence Conway (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Showdown Bert Pickett (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 69% Back Street Curt Stanton (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 75% Tammy Tell Me True Buford Woodly (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 76% No Name on the Bullet Luke Canfield (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Step Down to Terror Johnny Williams Walters (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 54% Jeanne Eagels John Donahue (Character) - 1957
67% 61% Until They Sail Capt. Richard Bates (Character) - 1957
0% 67% Walk the Proud Land Tom Sweeny (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 20% The Price of Fear Sgt. Pete Carroll (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun in His Hand Macauley (Character) - 1956
91% 81% All That Heaven Allows Mick Anderson (Character) - 1955
100% 82% To Hell and Back Brandon (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lone Hand George Hadley (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Guns to the Border Sheriff Jim Flannery (Character) - 1954
89% 80% The Glenn Miller Story Don Haynes (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 46% Tobor the Great Dr. Ralph Harrison (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 46% War Arrow St. Luke Schermerhorn (Character) - 1953
81% 55% It Came From Outer Space Sheriff Matt Warren (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 60% Gunsmoke Johnny Lake (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonzo Goes to College Malcolm Drew (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Treasure of Lost Canyon Jim Anderson (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 42% Red Ball Express Pvt. Ronald Partridge/Narrator (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Air Cadet Captain Sullivan (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 89% You Never Can Tell Perry Collins (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Egypt Oliver Doane (Character) - 1951
100% 86% Winchester '73 Steve Miller (Character) - 1950
87% 93% Harvey Dr. Sanderson (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 83% Comanche Territory Stacey Howard (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Peggy Tom Fielding (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Was a Shoplifter Herb Klaxon (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 22% Tarzan's Magic Fountain Mr. Dodd (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Wonderland Steve Kirk (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 50% The Pretender Dr. Leonard G. Koster (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 23% Whistle Stop Ernie (Character) - 1946
63% 69% A Night in Casablanca Pierre (Character) - 1946
60% 76% Conflict Professor Norman Holsworth (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet You Came Along Lt. R. Janoschek (Character) - 1945
82% 71% Air Force Navigator (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Busses Roar Eddie Sloan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 100% The Body Disappears Arthur (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 47% Million Dollar Baby Pamela's First Dance Partner (uncredited) (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Lives Are Not Enough `'Snappy'` Lucas (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Dr. Martin Larkin (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Cmdr. Roscoe (Character) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D. Tom Eades (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Virginian Randolf (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
80% 88% Star Trek Commodore Stocker (Guest Star) 1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Adam Pierson (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Oliver Greer (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lucy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Captain Charles Elliot Maury (Guest Star) 1958 1960-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Allen Winter (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law and Mr. Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956