Charles Victor

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in Fast and Loose (1954)
Charles Victor Harvey

10 February 1896
Died23 December 1965 (aged 69)
Putney, London, England
Years active1938–1965

Charles Victor (10 February 1896 23 December 1965) was a British actor who appeared in many film and television roles between 1931 and 1965. [1] [2] He was born Charles Victor Harvey. [3]


Born in Southport, Lancashire, England, [4] Victor was a fourth-generation English music hall entertainer. He left school when he was 15 to team with his father in a song-and-dance act for five years. After leaving that act, he briefly worked with his brother in an automobile agency before going into English musical comedy. In 1929, he joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, which was headed by Barry Jackson, and stayed with it for 10 years. [5]

Victor appeared in just over 100 films between 1938 and 1966. The size and importance of his roles varied greatly. For example, in 1957 he played the lead role, with top billing, in the comedy There's Always a Thursday , whilst in the same year he had a bit part in the biopic After the Ball .

Late in life, Victor toured internationally in the role of Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady , performing the role on The Ed Sullivan Show on 19 March 1961 during a tribute to Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. [6] [7]

Selected filmography

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  1. "Charles Victor". BFI. Archived from the original on 2009-01-14.
  2. "Charles Victor - Movies and Filmography". AllMovie.
  3. Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 493. ISBN   9780786457632 . Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  4. "Charles Victor to Repeat In Alfred P. Doolittle Role". The News Journal. Delaware, Wilmington. February 22, 1962. p. 25. Retrieved July 6, 2018 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  5. Gardner, R.H. (November 27, 1960). "Doolittle Gives A Lift To 'My Fair Lady'". The Baltimore Sun. Maryland, Baltimore. p. 46. Retrieved July 6, 2018 via Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  6. "My Fair Lady - Ed Sullivan Show".
  7. McHugh, Dominic (2012-06-08). Loverly: The Life and Times of My Fair Lady. ISBN   9780199968145.