Charles Williams

born: 27 September 1898
Albany, New York,
United States of America
died: 04 January 1958
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
(Laennec's cirrhosis with hepatic failure, age 59)

Short, oft-bespectacled American actor and writer, perhaps best remembered for playing George Bailey's cousin Eustace in "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). After a successful career as a supporting actor, bit player, and occasional writer in films and later television from the 1920s through the 1950s, he transitioned to writing scripts for television sitcoms in the final stretch of his career.
Sources reporting his date of death as 03 January 1958 presumably got such from his obituary in "Variety" -- their reporting as such being perfectly understandable, as the time of death given on his death certificate was only five minutes after midnight of the 4th.
Real name: Charles Briggs Williams Jr.
Height: 5'6"
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Strictly Unreliable
Billy Freeman, theatrical agent

Acknowledgements: (WWI draft reg. card) (WWII draft reg. card) (WWII draft reg. card - back) (death certificate) (Find a Grave) (Variety, 15 Jan 1958)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research)

This page was last updated on: 26 March 2023