Charley Grapewin

Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941).wikipedia
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The Wizard of Oz (1939 film)

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Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941). During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, although he was the only actor to appear in Kansas, but not Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s.
Directed primarily by Victor Fleming (who left production to take over the troubled production of Gone with the Wind''), the film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick, Terry (billed as Toto) and Singer's Midgets as the Munchkins.

Tobacco Road (film)

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Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941). During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, although he was the only actor to appear in Kansas, but not Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s.
Tobacco Road is a 1941 film directed by John Ford and starring Charley Grapewin, Marjorie Rambeau, Gene Tierney, William Tracy Dana Andrews and Ward Bond.

The Grapes of Wrath (film)

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Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941). During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, although he was the only actor to appear in Kansas, but not Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s.
The elderly Grandpa (Charley Grapewin) dies along the way.

Uncle Henry (Oz)

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Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941).
In MGM's 1939 musical adaptation The Wizard of Oz, Uncle Henry is played by Charley Grapewin.

The Good Earth (film)

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During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, although he was the only actor to appear in Kansas, but not Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s.

Broadway Melody of 1938

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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) as James K. Blakeley
Charley Grapewin as James K. Blakeley

Above the Limit

Wiki entry on Above the Limit (1900)
His very first films were two "moving image shorts" made by Frederick S. Armitage and released in November 1900; Chimmie Hicks at the Races (also known as Above the Limit) and Chimmie Hicks and the Rum Omelet, both shot in September and October 1900 and released in November of that year.
Above the Limit (United States copyright 1902 as Chimmie Hicks at the Races) is a short film made in November 1900 by F.S. Armitage, and marks the film debut of vaudevillian actor Charley Grapewin, 39 years before his more memorable role as Dorothy's Uncle Henry in MGM'sThe Wizard of Oz.

Gold Dust Gertie

Gold Dust Gertie (1931) as Nicholas Hautrey
Charley Grapewin as Nicholas Hautrey

Ellery Queen

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During his long career, Grapewin appeared in more than one hundred films, including The Good Earth, The Grapes of Wrath, Tobacco Road, and in what is probably his best-remembered role: Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz, although he was the only actor to appear in Kansas, but not Oz. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s.
Ellery Queen, Master Detective (1940) Ralph Bellamy as Ellery Queen, Margaret Lindsay as Nikki Porter, Charley Grapewin as Inspector Queen (very loosely based on The Door Between)

Listen, Darling

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Listen, Darling (1938) as Uncle Joe
Charley Grapewin as Uncle Joe Higgins

Xenia, Ohio

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Born in Xenia, Ohio, Charles Ellsworth Grapewin ran away from home to be a circus acrobat which led him to work as an aerialist and trapeze artist in a traveling circus before turning to acting.
Charley Grapewin — actor

Only Saps Work

Only Saps Work (1930) as Simeon Tanner
The film stars Leon Errol, Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Stuart Erwin, Anderson Lawler, Charley Grapewin and George Irving.

Don't Bet on Love

Don't Bet on Love (1933) as Pop McCaffery
The film stars Lew Ayres, Ginger Rogers, Charley Grapewin, Shirley Grey, Tom Dugan and Merna Kennedy.

The Night of June 13

The Night of June 13 (1932) as "Grandpop" Jeptha Strawn
Charley Grapewin as "Grandpop" Jeptha Strawn

Hell's House

Hell's House (1932) as Henry Clark
Charley Grapewin as Henry Clark

Heaven on Earth (1931 film)

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Heaven on Earth (1931) as Doc Boax
Charley Grapewin as Doc Boax

Hello, Everybody!

Hello, Everybody! (1933) as Jed
The film stars Kate Smith, Randolph Scott, Sally Blane, Charley Grapewin, George Barbier, Wade Boteler and Julia Swayne Gordon.

Beauty for Sale

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Beauty for Sale (1933) as Freddy Gordon
Meanwhile, Carol has a rich, older, indulgent boyfriend, Freddy Gordon (Charley Grapewin), while Jane (Florine McKinney), another salon employee, is secretly seeing Burt (Phillips Holmes), Madame Sonia's mining engineer son.

One Frightened Night

One Frightened Night (1935) as Jasper Whyte
Charley Grapewin as Jasper Whyte

The Kiss Before the Mirror

The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) as Schultz
Charley Grapewin as Schultz (as Charles Grapewin)

The Loudspeaker

The Loudspeaker (1934) as Pop Calloway
Charley Grapewin as Pop Calloway

No Man of Her Own (1932 film)

No Man of Her Own
No Man of Her Own (1932) as George, the Clerk
Charley Grapewin as George, the Clerk

The Millionaire (1931 film)

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The Millionaire (1931) as Ed Powers
Charley Grapewin as Edward "Ed" Powers

The Big Timer

The Big Timer (1932) as Pop Baldwin
Charley Grapewin as John 'Pop' Baldwin

Heroes for Sale (film)

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Heroes for Sale (1933) as Pa Dennis
Heading to Chicago, he happens upon an apartment over a diner, run by kindhearted Pop Dennis (Charlie Grapewin) and his daughter Mary (Aline MacMahon).