Person Details

Birthday: 1869-12-20 02:15:25

Death: 1956-02-02 02:15:25

Aliases: Charles Ellsworth Grapewin , Charles Grapewin

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Xenia, Ohio, USA


Movie Involvements: 70

TV Involvements: 0

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudeville performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Aunt Em's husband, Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and Jeeter Lester in Tobacco Road (1941). He usually portrayed elderly folksy-type characters in a rustic setting, in all appearing in over 100 films. He was the oldest cast member of The Wizard of Oz. 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. He traveled all over the world with the famous P. T. Barnum circus. Grapewin also appeared in the original 1903 Broadway production of The Wizard of Oz, 36 years before he would appear in the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film version. After this he continued in theatre, on and offstage, for the next thirty years, starting with various stock companies, and wrote stage plays as a vehicle for himself. His sole Broadway theatre credit was the short-lived play It's Up to You John Henry in 1905. Grapewin married actress Anna Chance (1875–1943) in 1896, and they remained a devoted couple until her death some 47 years later. Two years after his first wife's death, Grapewin married Loretta McGowan Becker on Jan 10, 1945. Grapewin began in silent films at the turn of the twentieth century. 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. 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. He also had a recurring role as Inspector Queen in the Ellery Queen film series of the early 1940s. Grapewin died of natural causes in Corona, California at age 86, and his ashes are interred with his wife's in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, at the Great Mausoleum's Columbarium of Inspiration. ​

Most Famous Work

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

(1939) Uncle Henry
The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath

(1940) Grandpa Joad
Captains Courageous

Captains Courageous

(1937) Uncle Salters
They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

(1941) California Joe
The Good Earth

The Good Earth

(1937) Old Father
The Petrified Forest

The Petrified Forest

(1936) Gramp Maple
Of Human Hearts

Of Human Hearts

(1938) Jim Meeker
That's Entertainment, Part II

That's Entertainment, Part II

(1976) (archive footage)


Year Character Movie/Tv
1976 (archive footage)
1964 (archive footage)
1951 Grandpa Reed
1949 Doug
1948 Grandpa
1947 Rancher Inskip
1944 Jake Taylor
Benjamin L. Pidgeon, Bellboy
Nick West
1943 Pop
1942 Inspector Richard Queen
Insp. Queen
Insp. Queen
1941 California Joe
Insp. Queen
Insp. Queen
Insp. Queen
Jeeter Lester
1940 Ben Caldwalder
Insp. Queen
Uncle Caleb
Mr. Whimser
Judge Emmett T. Brennan
Grandpa Joad
1939 Major Matt Grayson
Uncle Frank "Lucky" Higgins
Pop, a Brakeman
Uncle Henry
Ulysses Porterfield
Grandpa Casey Patterson
Doc Heath
'Old Puff'
1938 James Harper
Joe Higgins
Grandpa Briggs
Local Doctor
Uncle Davy
Jim Meeker
1937 Barney Lane
Robert, the Mayor
Dan Gray
James K. Blakeley
Dr. Webster
Uncle Salters
Old Father
Frank Redmond
1936 Himself
Aaron Lampier
J.P. Kendrick
Hollis Bane
Dr. Ned Fabre
Cal Royster
Gramp Maple
1935 Dave McComber
Prof. Martin
Uncle Winchester
J. A. Lamb
Jasper Whyte
Will Oliver
Pop Sullivan
1934 Notary
Dr. Tatum
Richard Norton
Sergeant Jimmy Bagby
Pop Calloway
Joe Olesen
Ed Tilford
Sandy Roberts
1933 Drunk at Hamburger Stand (Uncredited)
Mr. Cadman (uncredited)
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Freddy Gordon
Dr. Henderson (uncredited)
Dad Saunders
Patrick McCaffrey
Pa Dennis
Schultz (as Charles Grapewin)
1932 George, a Concessions Clerk
Sam Bass
"Grandpop" Jeptha Strawn
Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Senator Simmons (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Pop Baldwin
Henry Clark
1931 Doc Boax
Nicholas Hautrey
Ed Powers
1930 Simeon Tanner
1900 Chimmie Hicks
Year Character Movie/Tv

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