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Spencer Charters (1875–1943)

Spencer Charters was a burly, moon faced man who got his start in the theater where he basically stayed until 1930. Thereafter, he quickly launched a career as a character actor in movies. His specialty was a lower-to-middle-class worker, and he portrayed many types, including judges, doctors, clerks, managers, jailers, etc. Charters was a busy ... See full bio »

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Libeled Lady Magistrate


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 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
Marriage License Clerk (uncredited)
 1943 Slightly Dangerous
Claudius Swade - Owner of Motel (uncredited)
 1942 Silver Queen
Doc Stonebraker
 1942 The Pride of the Yankees
Mr. Larsen (uncredited)
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Judge Ben Holt
 1942 Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die
Judge Fred Horgan
 1942 Juke Girl
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
Colony Opera House Stage Manager (uncredited)
 1942 Dr. Broadway
Oscar Titus
 1942 The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine
Cheevers Snow
 1942 The Night Before the Divorce
Small Town Judge
 1942 The Remarkable Andrew
Dr. Clarence Upjohn
 1942 Right to the Heart
 1941 Pacific Blackout
Cornelius - Garage Night Watchman
 1941 Bedtime Story
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1941 Glamour Boy
Hillbilly Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
 1941 Look Who's Laughing
Motel Manager
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Station Master (uncredited)
 1941 Man at Large
Mr. Gallon
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Storekeeper (uncredited)
 1941 Bad Men of Missouri
Clem (uncredited)
 1941 Moon Over Miami
 1941 The Singing Hill
Judge Henry Starrbottle
 1941 The Lady from Cheyenne
Dr. McGuinness
 1941 Tobacco Road
County Clerk
 1941 Petticoat Politics
 1941 High Sierra
 1941 So Ends Our Night
Swiss Policeman
 1940 Kitty Foyle
Father (scenes deleted)
 1940 Santa Fe Trail
 1940/II She Couldn't Say No
Hank Woodcock
 1940 Meet the Missus
 1940 Friendly Neighbors
Bumblebee Hibbs
 1940 Blondie Plays Cupid
Uncle Abner
 1940 Calling All Husbands
Station Agent (uncredited)
 1940 The Golden Fleecing
Reuben - Justice of Peace
 1940 The Boys from Syracuse
 1940 Girl from God's Country
 1940 Maryland
 1940 Three Faces West
Dr. 'Nunk' Atterbury
 1940 Lucky Cisco Kid
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
 1940 Our Town
Constable Warren
 1940 Alias the Deacon
Sheriff Yates
 1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife
Henry Quinn - Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City
Sazerac Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
 1940 He Married His Wife
 1940 Remember the Night
Judge at Rummage Sale
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Court Clerk
 1939 Two Thoroughbreds
Doc Purdy
 1939 The Covered Trailer
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
 1939 No Place to Go
Old Soldier (uncredited)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
F.W. Jennson - Jailer (uncredited)
 1939 The Under-Pup
 1939 In Name Only
 1939 Second Fiddle
Joe Clayton
 1939 Unexpected Father
 1939 Young Mr. Lincoln
Judge Herbert A. Bell
 1939 Exile Express
Justice of the Peace Henry P. Smith
 1939 They Asked for It
Chief Lawson
 1939 Unmarried
Judge (uncredited)
 1939 Women in the Wind
 1939 The Kid from Texas
Deputy Sheriff Serving Attachment Papers (uncredited)
 1939 Hotel Imperial
Visoff (uncredited)
 1939 The Flying Irishman
Mr. Smedley (uncredited)
 1939 The Lady and the Mob
Flanagan - Bank Guard (uncredited)
 1939 Dodge City
Reverend (uncredited)
 1939 They Made Her a Spy
 1939 I'm from Missouri
Charley Shook, Mule Breeder
 1939 Inside Story
Uncle Ben Perkins
 1939 Yes, My Darling Daughter
Angus Dibble
 1939 Woman Doctor
 1939 St. Louis Blues
Judge (uncredited)
 1939 Boy Trouble
Grocer Bradley
 1939 Jesse James
 1938 Topper Takes a Trip
 1938 The Law West of Tombstone
El Paso Judge Tom Moseby (uncredited)
 1938 Strange Faces
Mason City Sheriff
 1938 Spring Madness
Police Chief (uncredited)
 1938 Five of a Kind
Rev. Matthew Brand
 1938 Stablemates
Choirmaster (uncredited)
 1938 Breaking the Ice
Farmer Smith
 1938 Valley of the Giants
Fireman #1 (uncredited)
 1938 The Road to Reno
The Judge
 1938 The Texans
Chairman (uncredited)
 1938 Mr. Chump
Mr. Koeper
 1938 Four's a Crowd
Charlie (uncredited)
 1938 Professor Beware
Sheriff Henry Sweatt (uncredited)
 1938 Three Blind Mice
 1938 One Wild Night
Lem Halliday
 1938 Three Comrades
Herr Schultz (uncredited)
 1938 Crime School
Old Doctor
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Henpecked Husband Shaving on Train (uncredited)
 1938 Joy of Living
 1938 Forbidden Valley
Dr. Scudd
 1938 Mr. Boggs Steps Out
Angus Tubbs
 1938 The Jury's Secret
Old Man (uncredited)
 1938 In Old Chicago
Commissioner W.J. Beavers
 1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone
Rufus Odlum (uncredited)
 1937 Wells Fargo
Jethro - Old Confederate (uncredited)
 1937 Lady Behave!
 1937 Checkers
 1937 Big Town Girl
Isaiah Wickenback
 1937 The Hurricane
Judge (uncredited)
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Stationmaster (uncredited)
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
 1937 Behind the Mike
Pete Jones
 1937 Back in Circulation
The Sheriff
 1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda
Railroad Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Make a Wish
Station Agent
 1937 She Had to Eat
Alf Franklin (uncredited)
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Usher (uncredited)
 1937 Ever Since Eve
Mike - Monteray Tavern Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Married Before Breakfast
Fireman (uncredited)
 1937 Mountain Music
Justice of the Peace Sharody
 1937 Fifty Roads to Town
George Hession
 1937 Pick a Star
 1937 Venus Makes Trouble
Joel Willard
 1937 Girl Loves Boy
Rufus Boggs
 1937 Waikiki Wedding
Frame (uncredited)
 1937 They Wanted to Marry
Police Turnkey (uncredited)
 1937 Dangerous Number
Jeffers Gass - Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1937 The Mighty Treve
 1936 Lady from Nowhere
Alexander Scorzo
 1936 Career Woman
Coroner McInery
 1936 Banjo on My Knee
Judge Tope
 1936 Four Days Wonder
 1936 Fugitive in the Sky
Henry Staeger
 1936 All American Chump
Abiah Smith
 1936 Libeled Lady
 1936 The Texas Rangers
Sheriff Jake (uncredited)
 1936 Postal Inspector
 1936 Back to Nature
Deputy Sheriff Putney (uncredited)
 1936 My American Wife
Engineer (uncredited)
 1936 36 Hours to Kill
Mr. Hutchins (uncredited)
 1936 Spendthrift
Col. Barnaby
 1936 The Bride Walks Out
Marriage Bureau Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
Dr. Bunting, Coroner (uncredited)
 1936 Let's Sing Again (uncredited)
 1936 The Mine with the Iron Door
Thad Hill
 1936 F-Man
Sheriff Hank 'One Gun' Groder
 1936 The Harvester
Stubby Pratt
 1936 Murder on a Bridle Path
Warden Sylvester Mahoney
 1936 The Moon's Our Home
Abner Simpson
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Mal (uncredited)
 1936 Till We Meet Again
Herr Hoffer
 1936 Colleen
Doctor Frothingham (uncredited)
 1936 Boulder Dam
First Sheriff (uncredited)
 1936 The Farmer in the Dell
 1936 Love on a Bet
Plaza Ritz Hotel Owner
 1936 The Preview Murder Mystery
 1936 Don't Get Personal
Mr. Charles van Ranseleer
 1935 In Person
Parson Calverton Lunk
 1935 The Great American Pie Company (Short)
Phineas Doolittle (uncredited)
 1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute
Stevens (uncredited)
 1935 The Goose and the Gander
 1935 The Gay Deception
Mr. Mercer - Banker (uncredited)
 1935 Welcome Home
Constable Mulhausen
 1935 The Raven
Geoffrey (Credits) / Col. Bertram Grant
 1935 Stranded
 1935 Alibi Ike
 1935 Whispering Smith Speaks
Cal Stone
 1935 Eight Bells
 1935 Star of Midnight
Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
 1935 The Nut Farm
Sliscomb - the Landlord
 1935 Murder on a Honeymoon
Chief Of Police Britt
 1935 Romance in Manhattan
Marriage License Clerk (uncredited)
 1934 The Secret Bride
Second Diner (uncredited)
 1934 The Ghost Walks
 1934 It's a Gift
Gate Guard
 1934 The Firebird
Max Bauer - the Porter
 1934 The St. Louis Kid
 1934 Wake Up and Dream
Earl Craft
 1934 The Pursuit of Happiness
Sam Evans
 1934 Southern Style (Short)
 1934 Million Dollar Ransom
Pop McGarry (uncredited)
 1934 Blind Date
Pa Taylor
 1934 The Circus Clown
 1934 Half a Sinner
Noel Cunningham
 1934 The Loudspeaker
 1934 Rough Necking (Short)
Mr. Marshall
 1934 Success at Any Price
Crawford - Architect (uncredited)
 1934 Wonder Bar
 1934 Fashions of 1934
Man Removing Telephone
 1934 Caravan
Flunkey (uncredited)
 1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray!
 1933 Mr. Skitch
Mr. Umpchay - the Chump (uncredited)
 1933 Lady Killer
Los Angeles Cop (uncredited)
 1933 From Headquarters
Teletype Man (uncredited)
 1933 Female
 1933 The Kennel Murder Case
Sgt. Snitkin (uncredited)
 1933 Gambling Ship
 1933 Song of the Eagle
Detective 'Bright Eyes' (uncredited)
 1933 So This Is Africa
 1933 Gabriel Over the White House
Vice President (uncredited)
 1933 Broadway Bad
Lew Gordon (uncredited)
 1932 The Match King
 1932 20,000 Years in Sing Sing
Officer Daniels (uncredited)
 1932 Central Park
Police Sergeant Riley (uncredited)
 1932 Three on a Match
Street Cleaner (uncredited)
 1932 The Crooked Circle
 1932 Hold 'Em Jail
The Governor
 1932 Two Against the World
John Mulligan - Doorman (uncredited)
 1932 Movie Crazy
J.L. O'Brien
 1932 Jewel Robbery
 1932 The Tenderfoot
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Fire Chief (uncredited)
 1932 The Heart of New York
The Doorman (uncredited)
 1932 Union Depot
Police Officer Bert Brady (uncredited)
 1931 Palmy Days
Mr. Clark
 1931 Traveling Husbands
 1931 Ex-Bad Boy
Henry Simmons
 1931 The Front Page
 1931 Lonely Wives
Andrews, the Butler
 1930 The Bat Whispers
The Caretaker
 1930 Whoopee!
Jerome Underwood
 1926 Dancing Mothers
Butter and Egg Man
 1924 Janice Meredith
Squire Hennion
 1923 Little Old New York
 1920 Number 17
 1920 April Folly
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Stage Play: Out of the Night. Comedy/mystery. Written by Harold Hutchinson and Margery Williams. Lyric Theatre: 17 Oct 1927- Dec 1927 (closing date unknown/56 performances). Cast: Carroll Ashburn, Spencer Charters (as "Ichabod Blivens"), Vessie Farrell, Kenneth Loane, Mary Loane, Jack Motte, Diantha Pattison (as "Lenita Lenare"), James ... See more »

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