Charles Wagenheim





2/21/1896 , Newark, New Jersey, USA



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Charles Haliigan was born in Newark, New Jersey February 21,1896. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in 20 plays in New York before coming to Hollywood in 1938. His first film was in 1932 and he went on to appear in over 100 films, including working for Alfred Hitchcock as a assassin in "Foreign Correspondent" (1940). Some of his other film credits include: Jezebel (1938), Paris Calling (1941), Criss Cross (1949), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Salome (1953), Diary of Anne Frank (1959), Cat Ballou (1965), Hello Dolly ! (1969), and his last, The Missouri Breaks (1976). He became a regular on the series "Gunsmoke" in 1966, as rancher / townsman, Mr. Halligan. In an amusing comment in a article on the series in 1972, he said of his character he is not sure "just where Halligan lives - maybe a little way out of town, maybe raising something, whatever they raised there." He was married for over 30 years to the same lady, being widowed in the mid 1970's. He was murdered by burglars rs in March of 1979. It is interested in noting he was murdered a few days from character actor, Victor Kilian. Wagenheim on March 6,1979 and Kilian on March 11,1979, both were killed the same way, both in their 80's, they lived only a few blocks from one another in Hollywood, both lived alone, both lived in apartments. Both apartments were ransacked, both were beaten beyond recognition, both had apparently never met until they both appeared in an "All in the Family" episode: "The Return of Stephanie's Father" aired on March 25,1979, after their deaths. Victor Kilian also appeared in a "Gunsmoke" episode: "The Fourth Victim" (Nov. 4,1974) as a murder victim.