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Charles Butterworth (actor)

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Charles Butterworth
Butterworth in Second Chorus.jpg
Butterworth in Second Chorus (1940)
Born(1896-07-26)July 26, 1896
DiedJune 14, 1946(1946-06-14) (aged 49)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeSt. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Granger, Indiana
Other namesCharlie Butterworth
Occupation(s)Stage and film actor
Years active1926–1944
Ethel Kenyon
(m. 1932; div. 1939)

Charles Edward Butterworth (July 26, 1896 – June 14, 1946)[1] was an American actor specializing in comedic roles, often in musicals.[1] Butterworth's distinctive 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.[2]

Early life

Butterworth was the son of a physician in South Bend, Indiana.[1] He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1924 with a law degree.[1]


After graduating, Butterworth became a newspaper reporter at the South Bend News-Times and subsequently Chicago.[1]

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".[1]

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.[3] 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 had a home in Palm Springs, California.[4] He was killed in an automobile accident on June 13, 1946, when he lost control of his car on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.[5][6] He died en route to the hospital.[1]


For his contributions to the film industry, Butterworth was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960 with a motion pictures star located at 7036 Hollywood Boulevard.[7]

Partial filmography


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Butterworth, Film Comedian, 49 Killed In Hollywood When Auto Hits Lamp Post". The New York Times. June 14, 1946. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2014). "Charles Butterworth". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Keyes, Ralph (2006). The Quote Verifier. Macmillan. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-312-34004-9.
  4. ^ Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 33. ISBN 978-1479328598.
  5. ^ "Charles Butterworth Killed in Car's Crash – Comedian's Auto Skids into Lamp Post as He Returns from Party in Night Club", p. 11, The Los Angeles Times, Fri, June 14, 1946.
  6. ^ Brettell, Andrew; King, Noel; Kennedy, Damien; Imwold, Denise; Leonard, Warren Hsu; von Rohr, Heather (2005). Cut!: Hollywood Murders, Accidents, and Other Tragedies. Barrons Educational Series. p. 262. ISBN 0-7641-5858-9.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame – Charles Butterworth". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved December 28, 2017.

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