Charles Correll

Charles Correll

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Sep 1972 (aged 82)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Saint Ann's Garden
Memorial ID 4178 · View Source
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Radio Comedian and Actor. He is best remembered for his work on the "Amos 'n' Andy" radio sitcom show, set in Manhattan's historic black community of Harlem, with Freeman Gosden (who played Amos Jones), voicing the central character of Andy Brown. Born Charles James Correll in Peoria, Illinois he worked as a stenographer and a bricklayer before meeting Gosden in Durham, North Carolina while working for the Joe Bren Producing Company. In 1925 the two appeared on radio station WJQ in Chicago, Illinois and soon became full-time broadcasters. The "Amos 'n' Andy" show first originated on radio station WMAQ, Chicago, Illinois in 1928 and ran as a nightly radio serial until 1943, then as a weekly situational comedy from 1943 until 1955, and as a nightly disc-jockey program until 1960. In 1930 RKO Radio Pictures brought him and Gosden to Hollywood to do an Amos 'n' Andy feature film, "Check and Double Check," and played their roles in blackface. The film pleased neither the critics or Gosden and Correll themselves, but briefly became RKO's biggest box-office hit prior to their 1933 release of "King Kong," before rapidly declining. On March 19, 1958, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Amos 'n' Andy" on the air, he and Gosden used their real voices and calling each other by their real names, which had never been done on the show before. In 1962 he and Gosden were named to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1962 and in 1969 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his radio work in 1969. He died following a heart attack in Chicago, Illinois at the age of 82. In 1977 he and Gosden were inducted in the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. His son, Charles Correll, Jr., went on to become an actor and a director. Another son, Richard Correll, also became an actor, best remembered as Richard Rickover on the ABC television sitcom "Leave It To Beaver" and also produced and directed the ABC television sitcom "Family Matters."

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