Spencer Charters

Spencer Charters (March 25, 1875 January 25, 1943) was an American film actor. He appeared in more than 220 films between 1920 and 1943, mostly in small supporting roles.

Spencer Charters
Born(1875-03-25)March 25, 1875
DiedJanuary 25, 1943(1943-01-25) (aged 67)
Years active1910–1943
Irene M. Charters
(m. 1913; died 1941)


Charters was born in Duncannon, Pennsylvania.[1] Until around 1890 he worked as a machinist for the Chesapeake Nail Works in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and had little interest in acting.[2]

He soon appeared on stage after leaving school with a walk-on part, but it wasn't long before he was being given fair-sized roles. He played on Broadway between 1910 and 1929 and was a busy character actor in films during the 1930s and early 1940s. He often portrayed somewhat befuddled judges, doctors, clerks, managers, and jailers.

Charters was married to actress Ireme Myers until her death in December 1941.[3]

He died by suicide from a mix of sleeping pills and carbon monoxide poisoning.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. Walker, Paul (May 6, 1938). "Reviews and Preiews". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. p. 12. Retrieved September 6, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Walker, Paul (September 23, 1942). "Film Stars Selling Bonds! Mickey Rooney at Loew's! Spencer Charters Remembers!". Harrisburg Telegraph. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. p. 14. Retrieved September 6, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Spencer Charters Found Dead in Garage on Coast". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 26, 1949. p. 2. Retrieved September 6, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  4. Ellenberger, Allen R. (May 1, 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-7864-0983-9. Archived from the original on April 19, 2017.
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