Charles Drake

Biography

Personable actor Charles Drake was born Charles Ruppert on October 2, 1917, in New York City. He graduated from Nichols College in 1937 and initially became a salesman before switching to acting in 1939 and appearing in little theater productions. He changed his stage name to the more suitable Charles Drake and in the late 1930s managed a snag a contract with Warner Brothers. Drake started apprenticing in small, often unbilled roles in what would become enduring WWII-era classics: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), Sergeant York (1941), and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), but did not rise suitably in billing rank during that time. Military service interrupted his career in 1943, but he returned to Hollywood within a couple of years sans his Warners contract. Following a slight lull in the freelancing department, he was finally picked up by Universal and actually found better work in still somewhat standardized roles. He played Dr. Sanderson in Harvey (1950), the hero in You Never Can Tell (1951), and Shelley Winters' cowardly boyfriend in Winchester '73 (1950), among others. He also became a top supporting player in the westerns and war pics of Audie Murphy, who became a good friend offstage. In 1955, Drake turned to television as one of the stock-company players on "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1950) and a couple of years later became the host of the weekly British TV espionage series "Rendezvous" (1957). Although he played in over 80 films (mostly dramatic fare) between the years 1939 and 1975, he did not become a star. He continued on as a rather unobtrusive character actor in the 1960s and appeared in such innocuous fare as Tammy Tell Me True (1961) and Valley of the Dolls (1967) (as suitor Kevin Gilmore), while showing up occasionally as assorted high-rankers in such films as The Arrangement (1969) and The Seven Minutes (1971). He finished off his career on TV before retiring. Drake died in 1994 at age 76.

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It Came from Outer Space

Sheriff Matt Warren

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Winter Wonderland

Steve Kirk

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To Hell and Back

Brandon

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No Name on the Bullet

Dr. Luke Canfield

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A Night in Casablanca

Pierre

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Tobor the Great

Dr. Ralph Harrison

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Tammy Tell Me True

Buford Woodly

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The Price of Fear

Police Sgt. Pete Carroll

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Air Force

Navigator

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Comanche Territory

Stacey Howard

Starring In
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My Brother's Wedding

Pastor #2

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Scream, Pretty Peggy

George Thornton

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The Screaming Woman

Ken Bronson

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Hail, Hero!

Senator Murchiston

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The Swimmer

Howard Graham

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Valley of the Dolls

Kevin Gillmore

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El Tercer Día

Lawrence Conway

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Tre Donne per Uno Scapolo

Frank Taylor

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Showdown

Bert Pickett

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Back Street

Curt Stanton

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Tammy Tell Me True

Buford Woodly

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No Name on the Bullet

Dr. Luke Canfield

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Step Down to Terror

Johnny Walters

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Jeanne Eagels

John Donahue

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Until They Sail

Capt. Richard Bates

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The Price of Fear

Police Sgt. Pete Carroll

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Ritt in den Tod

Tom Sweeny

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To Hell and Back

Brandon

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All That Heaven Allows

Mick Anderson

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Una Mujer en la Playa

Police Lieutenant Galley

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The Glenn Miller Story

Don Haynes

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Four Guns to the Border

Jim Flannery

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Tobor the Great

Dr. Ralph Harrison

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War Arrow

Sgt. Luke Schermerhorn

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It Came from Outer Space

Sheriff Matt Warren

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Roughshod

Johnny Lake

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The Lone Hand

George Hadley

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Red Ball Express

Pvt. Ronald Partridge / Narrator

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You Never Can Tell

Perry Collins

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Air Cadet

Captain Sullivan

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The Fat Man

Radio Broadcaster at Racetrack (voice) (uncredited)

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Harvey

Dr. Sanderson

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Winchester '73

Steve Miller

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I Was a Shoplifter

Herb Klaxon

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Comanche Territory

Stacey Howard

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Louisa

Voice of Radio Broadcaster (uncredited)

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Deported

Voice of Customs Official (uncredited)

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Tarzan e a Montanha Secreta

Mr. Dodd

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Johnny Stool Pigeon

Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

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Winter Wonderland

Steve Kirk

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A Night in Casablanca

Pierre

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Whistle Stop

Ernie

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Conflict

Prof. Norman Holsworth

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Air Force

Navigator

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Hard Way, The

Trailer Narrator (uncredited)

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Now, Voyager

Leslie Trotter (uncredited)

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Across the Pacific

Officer (uncredited)

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The Gay Sisters

Man Entering Courtroom (uncredited)

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Actor (uncredited)

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Larceny, Inc.

R.V. Boyce - Driver in Accident (uncredited)

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The Male Animal

Student (uncredited)

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Winning Your Wings

State College Student (uncredited)

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The Man Who Came to Dinner

Sandy

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Dangerously They Live

Joe, Hospital Orderly with Dr. Murdock (uncredited)

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The Maltese Falcon

Reporter (uncredited)

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One Foot in Heaven

Second Bridegroom (uncredited)

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Dive Bomber

Pilot (uncredited)

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I Wanted Wings

Cadet (uncredited)

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Sergeant York

Scorer (uncredited)

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The Body Disappears

Arthur (scenes deleted)

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Out Of The Fog

Reporter (uncredited)

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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Young Priest (uncredited)

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