Charley Grapewin (1869–1956)

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This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). When acting sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays that he himself could star in. He married actress Anna Chance around ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wizard of Oz Uncle Henry
The Petrified Forest Gramp Maple
Tobacco Road Jeeter


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 1951 When I Grow Up
Grandpa Reed
 1949 Sand
 1948 The Enchanted Valley
 1947 Gunfighters
 1944 The Impatient Years
Benjamin L. Pidgeon - Bellboy
 1944 Atlantic City
Jake Taylor
 1944 Follow the Boys
Nick West
 1943 Crash Dive
Pop (uncredited)
 1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen
Inspector Richard Queen
 1942 A Close Call for Ellery Queen
Inspector Queen
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
California Joe
 1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery
Inspector Richard Queen
 1941 Tobacco Road
 1940 Texas Rangers Ride Again
Ranger Ben Caldwalder
 1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective
Insp. Queen
 1940 Rhythm on the River
Uncle Caleb
 1940 Earthbound
Mr. Whimser
 1940 Johnny Apollo
Judge Emmett T. Brennan
 1940 The Grapes of Wrath
 1939 Sabotage
Major Matt Grayson
 1939 Hero for a Day
Uncle Frank 'Lucky' Higgins
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
 1939 The Wizard of Oz
Uncle Henry
 1939 The Man Who Dared
Ulysses Porterfield
 1939 Sudden Money
Grandpa Casey Patterson
 1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor
'Doc' Heath
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
'Old Puff'
 1938 Artists and Models Abroad
James Harper
 1938 The World Is Ours (Short)
 1938 Listen, Darling
Uncle Joe
 1938 Three Loves Has Nancy
Grandpa Briggs
 1938 The Shopworn Angel
Wilson - Caretaker (scenes deleted)
 1938 Three Comrades
Local Doctor
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Uncle Davy
 1938 Of Human Hearts
Jim Meeker
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone
Barney Lane
 1937 Big City
The Mayor
 1937 Bad Guy
Dan Gray
 1937 Broadway Melody of 1938
James K. Blakeley
 1937 Between Two Women
Dr. Webster
 1937 Captains Courageous
Uncle Salters
 1937 A Family Affair
Frank Redmond
 1937 The Good Earth
Old Father
 1936 Sinner Take All
 1936 Without Orders
J.P. Kendrick
 1936 Libeled Lady
Mr. Bane
 1936 Small Town Girl
Dr. Ned Fabre
 1936 The Voice of Bugle Ann
Cal Royster
 1936 The Petrified Forest
Gramp Maple
 1935 Ah Wilderness!
Dave McComber (as Charles Grapewin)
 1935 Super-Speed
Terry Devlin
 1935 Rendezvous
 1935 King Solomon of Broadway
Uncle Winchester
 1935 Alice Adams
J. A. Lamb
 1935 Shanghai
 1935 One Frightened Night
Jasper Whyte
 1935 Party Wire
Will Oliver (as Charles Grapewin)
 1935 Eight Bells
 1935 In Spite of Danger
Pop Sullivan
 1934 Anne of Green Gables
Dr. Tatum
 1934 The President Vanishes
Richard Norton
 1934 Judge Priest
Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
 1934 Return of the Terror
 1934 The Loudspeaker
Pop Calloway
 1934 She Made Her Bed
Joe Olesen
 1934 No More West (Short)
Judge (uncredited)
 1934 The Quitter
Ed Tilford
 1934 Caravan
 1934 Two Alone
Sandy Roberts
 1933 Hell and High Water
Peck Wealin
 1933 Female
Drunk at Hamburger Stand (uncredited)
 1933 Wild Boys of the Road
Mr. Cadman (uncredited)
 1933 Torch Singer
 1933 Beauty for Sale
Freddy Gordon (as Charles Grapewin)
 1933 Turn Back the Clock
Dr. Henderson (uncredited)
 1933 Pilgrimage
Dad Saunders
 1933 Don't Bet on Love
Pop McCaffery
 1933 Midnight Mary
Clerk (as Charles Grapewin)
 1933 Heroes for Sale
Pa Dennis (as Charles Grapewin)
 1933 The Kiss Before the Mirror
Schultz (as Charles Grapewin)
 1933 Hello, Everybody!
 1932 No Man of Her Own
 1932 Wild Horse Mesa
Sam Bass
 1932 The Night of June 13
"Grandpop" Jeptha Strawn
 1932 American Madness
Mr. Jones (uncredited)
 1932 Lady and Gent
Grocer (as Charles Grapewin)
 1932 The Washington Masquerade
Senator Simmons (uncredited)
 1932 The Woman in Room 13
 1932 Huddle
Doctor (uncredited)
 1932 Are You Listening?
Pierce (uncredited)
 1932 Disorderly Conduct
 1932 The Big Timer
Pop Baldwin (as Charles Grapewin)
 1932 Hell's House
Henry Clark (as Charles Grapewin)
 1931 For the Love of Fanny (Short)
 1931 Heaven on Earth
Doc Boax (as Charles Grapewin)
 1931 Gold Dust Gertie
Nicholas Hautrey (as Charles Grapewin)
 1931 The Millionaire
Ed Powers (as Charles Grapewin)
 1930 Only Saps Work
Simeon Tanner
 1930 The Bearded Lady (Short)
Carnival Barker
 1929 That Red-Headed Hussy (Short)
 1929 The Shannons of Broadway
 1929 Ladies' Choice (Short)
 1929 House Cleaning (Short)
 1929 Jed's Vacation (Short)
 1900 Above the Limit (Short)
Chimmie Hicks
 1900 Chimmie Hicks and the Rum Omelet (Short)
Chimmie Hicks
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His best known film role was Dorothy Gale's Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Harlan Briggs served as Grapewin's stand-in for this film. See more »

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