DEAD: Charley Grapewin

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Charley Grapewin (aged 86)

American actor (The Wizard of Oz, The Grapes of Wrath)

Charles Ellsworth Grapewin (December 20, 1869 – February 2, 1956) was an American vaudevilleperformer, circus performer, writer and a stage and silent and sound actor, and comedian who was best known for portraying Uncle Henry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s The Wizard of Oz (1939) as well as Grandpa Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Jeeter Lester inTobacco Road (1941) and California Joe in They Died With Their Boots On (1941). He usually portrayed elderly folksy-type characters in a rustic setting, in all appearing in over 100 films. He was the oldest cast member of The Wizard of Oz.

DEATH: Grapewin died of natural causes in Corona, California at age 86, and his ashes are interred with his wife’s in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California, at the Great Mausoleum’s Columbarium of Inspiration.

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