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Roland Winters

Roland Winters (born Roland Winternitz) was an American actor who played many character parts in films and television but today is best remembered for portraying Charlie Chan in six films in the late 1940s. Monogram Pictures eventually selected Winters to replace Sidney Toler in the Charlie Chan film series. Winters was 44 when he made the first of his six Chan films, The Chinese Ring in 1947 and ending with Charlie Chan and the Sky Dragon (also known as Sky Dragon) in 1949. His other Chan films were "Docks of New Orleans", "Shanghai Chest", "The Golden Eye" and "The Feathered Serpent". He also had character roles in three other feature films while he worked on the Chan series. Yunte Huang, in Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, noted differences in the actors' appearances, especially that Winters' "tall nose simply could not be made to look Chinese." Huang also cited the actor's age, writing, "at the age of forty-four, he also looked too young to resemble a seasoned Chinese sage." In contrast to Huang, Ken Hanke wrote in his book, Charlie Chan at the Movies: History, Filmography, and Criticism, "Roland Winters has never received his due ... Winters brought with him a badly needed breath of fresh air to the series." He cited "the richness of the approach and the verve with which the series was being tackled" during the Winters era." Similarly, Howard M. Berlin, in his book, Charlie Chan's Words of Wisdom, commented that "Winters brought a much needed breath of fresh air to the flagging film series with his self-mocking, semi-satirical interpretation of Charlie, which is very close to the Charlie Chan in Biggers' novels." After the series finished, Winters continued to work in film and television until 1982. He was in the movies So Big and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff, played Elvis' father in Blue Hawaii and a judge in the Elvis film Follow That Dream. He made appearances as the boss on the early TV series Meet Millie as the boss and the courtroom drama Perry Mason. In one episode of the Bewitched TV series, he played the normally unseen McMann of McMann and Tate. He also portrayed Mr. Gimbel in Miracle on 34th Street in 1973.


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Born:
Nov 22, 1904 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
43
First Appeared:
In the movie Citizen Kane 1941-04-17
Latest Project:
Series The Dain Curse 1978-05-22
Known For
Poster of Killer Shark

Roland Winters Movies Filmography

Series
The Dain Curse
Hubert Collinson 1978-05-22
Movie
Miracle on 34th Street
Mr. Gimbel 1973-12-14
Movie
Loving
Plommie 1970-03-04
Series
The Carol Burnett Show
Unknown 1967-09-11
Series
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Unknown 1964-09-25
Series
The Addams Family
Unknown 1964-09-18
Series
Bewitched
Unknown 1964-09-17
Movie
Big Deal in Laredo
Henry Drummond 1962-10-07
Movie
Follow That Dream
Judge 1962-01-01
Movie
Everything's Ducky
Capt. Bollinger 1961-12-20
Movie
Blue Hawaii
Fred Gates 1961-11-22
Movie
Cash McCall
General Andrew 'Andy' Danvers 1960-01-27
Movie
Never Steal Anything Small
Doctor 1959-02-11
Movie
Jet Pilot
Col. Sokolov 1957-10-11
Movie
Top Secret Affair
Sen. Burdick 1957-01-30
Movie
Bigger Than Life
Dr. Ruric 1956-08-02
Movie
So Big
Klaas Pool 1953-10-31
Movie
She's Working Her Way Through College
Fred Copeland 1952-07-09
Movie
Follow the Sun
Dr. Graham 1951-05-22
Movie
Raton Pass
Sheriff Perigord 1951-04-07
Movie
Inside Straight
Alexander Tomson 1951-03-01
Movie
Killer Shark
Jeffrey White 1950-03-19
Movie
Guilty of Treason
Soviet Comissar Belov 1950-02-20
Movie
Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Manfredo Acuto 1950-02-21
Movie
The West Point Story
Harry Eberhart 1950-11-25
Movie
The Underworld Story
Stanley Becker, lawyer 1950-07-26
Movie
Between Midnight and Dawn
Leo Cusick 1950-10-01
Movie
To Please a Lady
Dwight Barrington 1950-10-13
Movie
Convicted
Vernon Bradley, Attorney 1950-08-01
Movie
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
T. Hanley Brooks 1949-08-22
Movie
Sky Dragon
Charlie Chan 1949-04-27
Movie
Tuna Clipper
E.J. Ransom 1949-04-11
Movie
Once More, My Darling
Col. Head 1949-09-10
Movie
A Dangerous Profession
Jerry McKay 1949-12-10
Movie
Malaya
Bruno Gruber 1949-12-27
Movie
The Feathered Serpent
Charlie Chan 1948-12-19
Movie
The Return of October
Colonel Wood 1948-10-26
Movie
Cry of the City
Ledbetter 1948-09-29
Movie
The Golden Eye
Charlie Chan 1948-08-29
Movie
The Shanghai Chest
Charlie Chan 1948-07-11
Movie
Docks of New Orleans
Charlie Chan 1948-03-21
Movie
The Chinese Ring
Charlie Chan 1947-12-06
Movie
Citizen Kane
Newspaperman at Trenton Town Hall (uncredited) 1941-04-17

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