Charlie Ruggles was born in 1886. Starting in 1915, he appeared in a half-dozen silent pictures. After movies turned to sound, Charles "Charlie" Ruggles became one of the most popular comedy and characters of the 1930's and 1940's. Usually playing a henpecked husband or a genial character, he appeared in about 80 movies. In one of his best roles, he played frontiersman Egbert Floud in 1935's "Ruggles of Red Gap".
In the late 40s he moved to the new medium of television, staring in "The Ruggles" (1949-1952) and "The World of Mr. Sweeney" (1954). In 1959 he won a Tony Award for "The Pleasure Of His Company". The competing nominees were George C. Scott, Walter Matthau, Robert Morse, and George Grizzard.
The 1960's saw him much in demand for comedies such as Walt Disney pictures and television series. Shows he appeared on included The Munsters, Wagon Train, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Burke's Law, Bonanza, and The Beverly Hillbillies. In 1970 Charlie Ruggles died at the age of 84.
His younger brother Wesley Ruggles (1889-1972) was a noted movie director.
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