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Charles Butterworth (actor)

Charles Butterworth (actor)

American actor
Charles Butterworth (actor)
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Intro American actor
A.K.A. Charlie Butterworth, Charles Edward Butterworth
Was Actor Comedian
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender male
Birth 26 July 1896, South Bend
Death 13 June 1946, Los Angeles (aged 49 years)
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Charles Edward Butterworth (July 26, 1896 – June 13, 1946) was an American actor specializing in comedy roles, often in musicals. Butterworth's distinct voice was the inspiration for the Cap'n Crunch commercials from the Jay Ward studio. Voice actor Daws Butler based Cap'n Crunch on the voice of Butterworth.

Early life

Butterworth was born to a physician in South Bend, Indiana. He graduated from University of Notre Dame with a law degree.


After graduating, Butterworth became a newspaper reporter in South Bend and subsequently Chicago.

One of Butterworth's more memorable film roles was in the Irving Berlin musical This is the Army (1943) as the bugle-playing Private Eddie Dibble. He generally was a supporting actor, though he had top billing in We Went to College (1936), played the title role in Baby Face Harrington (1935), and shared top billing (as the Sultan) with Ann Corio in The Sultan's Daughter (1944). In his obituary, he is described as "characterizing the man who could not make up his mind".

He is credited with the quip "Why don't you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini?" from Every Day's a Holiday. In Forsaking All Others, when Clark Gable, quoting Benjamin Franklin, said, "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," Butterworth replied, "Ever take a good look at a milkman?"


Butterworth was killed in an automobile accident on June 13, 1946, when he lost control of his car on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles and crashed. He died en route to the hospital.


For his contribution to the motion picture industry he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7030 Hollywood Blvd.

Partial filmography

  • Vital Subjects (1929) short
  • Ladies of Leisure (1930)
  • The Life of the Party (1930)
  • Illicit (1931)
  • The Bargain (1931)
  • Side Show (1931)
  • The Mad Genius (1931)
  • Manhattan Parade (1931)
  • Beauty and the Boss (1932)
  • Love Me Tonight (1932)
  • The Nuisance (1933)
  • Penthouse (1933)
  • My Weakness (1933)
  • The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
  • Hollywood Party (1934)
  • Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1934)
  • Student Tour (1934)
  • Forsaking All Others (1934)
  • The Night Is Young (1935)
  • Baby Face Harrington (1935)
  • Orchids to You (1935)
  • Magnificent Obsession (1935)
  • The Moon's Our Home (1936)
  • Half Angel (1936)
  • We Went to College (1936)
  • Rainbow on the River (1936)
  • Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
  • Every Day's a Holiday (1937)
  • Thanks for the Memory (1938)
  • Let Freedom Ring (1939)
  • The Boys from Syracuse (1940)
  • Second Chorus (1940)
  • There's Nothing to It (1941)
  • Blonde Inspiration (1941)
  • Road Show (1941)
  • Sis Hopkins (1941)
  • What's Cookin'? (1942)
  • Night in New Orleans (1942)
  • Give Out, Sisters (1942)
  • This Is the Army (1943)
  • Always a Bridesmaid (1943)
  • The Sultan's Daughter (1944)
  • Follow the Boys (1944)
  • Bermuda Mystery (1944)
  • Dixie Jamboree (1944)

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