The first time I ever connected the name was when he was on David Letterman’s show back in the early to mid 80s. Letterman, when going down the list of guests mentioned that one guest was “Charles Lane.” He then said (very closely to these same words), “I had no idea who he was, but when I met him backstage, I recognized him immediately–and you will, too.”
As much as you can mourn somebody who’s negative-2 on the celebrity death pool, I do wish he’d had one more great cameo before he died. I’d hoped someone would hire him when he said “I’m still available” at his TV Land 100th b’day acknowledgement. C’est la vie.
And he quit smoking at 90. Maybe there’s hope for me.
Heck, you can get to recognize his voice even before the face. It’s not strange (like, say, Eugene Pallette’s) but is very distinctive. I’ve often heard it in old movies – one line of dialogue (and many of Lane’s appearances were a single line of dialog) – and knew exactly who it was.
What a life, what a career. I’ve been expecting this day for at least twenty years (Hell, I was surprised to see that he was still alive and figured he was ready to keel over when I saw him in “Murphy’s Romance,” back in '85 or so), but am saddened that it has come.
Wow, Charles Lane appeared cantankerous enough to be cast as a judge back in 1935. I guess living through the San Francisco Earthquake and the Great Depression will do that to you. He had a good run.
We may take comfort in the knowledge that now, whenever people in Heaven are unable to think of the word “curmudgeonly,” they’ll just be able to point at Mr. Lane and say, “…oh, you know… that guy!” No doubt this will be followed by a brisk montage of Charles Lane gadding about while doing various curmudgeonly things, flying a kite in an extremely curmudgeonly manner, etc.
^^^Agreed. Although I admire the work of actor William Schallert (may he equal or surpass Mr. Lane’s longevity!), I think Lane could have played the Federation bureaucrat Nilz Baris equally as well in The Trouble With Tribbles.