Charles Lane

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Charles Lane (born January 26, 1905 in San Francisco, California as Charles Gerstle Levinson) is an American character actor.

He appeared in most Frank Capra films, including Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Among his many roles as a character actor, Lane is perhaps most widely remembered for his portrayal of J. Homer Bedlow on Petticoat Junction. Bedlow was a mean-spirited, yet somehow also gentle, railroad executive who visited the Shady Rest Hotel periodically attempting to find justification for ending the train service of the Hooterville Cannonball (and never succeeding).

Television appearances

Lane has appeared in episodes of many television shows including:

Notable movie roles

His voice was heard on the Stan Freberg comedy recording Freberg: Underground (1966) in the sketch "All Digit Dialing" as I.B. Emerson.

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