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Charles Ruggles 1963
Charlie Ruggles
Roles Philip Caldwell
Hedley Partridge
Biographical Information
Full Name Charles Sherman Ruggles
Birthdate February 8, 1886
Birthplace Los Angeles, California, United States
Death Date December 23, 1970 (age 84)
Death Place Santa Monica, California, United States

Charlie Ruggles portrayed two characters on Bewitched - McMann & Tate client, Philip Caldwell, and Aunt Clara's old beau, Hedley Partridge (1964-1965).


Charles Sherman Ruggles was an American actor. He is remembered for his comedic roles in a career that spanned six decades.

Ruggles started acting in 1905 and played a variety of character roles. He made his Broadway debut in "Help Wanted" in 1914. His Broadway successes included "Battling Butler" and "Queen High".

He also acted in silent films such as "The Majesty of the Law" (1915), "Peer Gynt" (1915) and "The Heart Raider" (1923). His first talkie was "Gentleman of the Press" (1929), in which he played a drunken news reporter. He became renowned for his partnership with Mary Boland. He played the henpecked husband. Their films included "Mama Loves Papa" (1933), "Six of a Kind" (1934) and "Ruggles of Red Gap" (1935). In 1938 he portrayed big game hunter Major Horace Applegate in "Bringing Up Baby", which is commonly cited as his best-remembered role.

He acted on radio during the 1940s. Programs he appeared on include "Barrel of Fun", "Suspense", "Mayor of the Town" and "Lux Radio Theater". In 1947 he appeared in the film "It Happened on 5th Avenue" as Michael J. O'Connor, a millionaire who discovers his mansion is taken over by homeless people.

He halted his film career to try television. He flourished, starring in shows such as "The Ruggles" and "The World of Mr. Sweeney". He made guest appearances on "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Playhouse 90", "The Life of Riley" and Bewitched among others. He was president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1953.

In 1958 he returned to Broadway as Mackenzie Savage in "The Pleasure of His Company". He won a Tony Award for his performance. He returned to films in the early 1960s, playing grandfather roles. They included "The Parent Trap" and "Papa's Delicate Condition". "Follow Me, Boys!" (1966) was his final film. His final acting credit was on "The Danny Thomas Hour" in 1968.

Personal Life[]

Ruggles was born to Charles Sherman and Maria (Heinsch) Ruggles. His younger brother was director Wesley Ruggles. His parents divorced when he was young. He lived in San Francisco as a teenager.

He married actress Adele Rowland in 1914. They divorced a couple years later. In 1942 he married Marion La Barba, to whom he was married for the remainder of his life.

Charlie Ruggles died of cancer in 1970 at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was a versatile actor, excelling at both comedy and drama, and was able to transition to different forms of entertainment.

Bewitched Credits[]


Miranda. Charlie Ruggles memorial,, September 8, 1998. Retrieved on January 14, 2020.