Charles T. Aldrich

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[[Charles T. Aldrich]] (1869 - 1955) was born in Cleveland Ohio. He was a popular American [[Quick Change]] performer in vaudeville.
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'''Charles T. Aldrich''' (1869-1955), born in Cleveland Ohio, was a popular American [[Quick Change]] performer in [[vaudeville]].
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He began his career as a comedian in a routine where he was chased and tried to outrun a red [[Dancing Handkerchief]].
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==Biography==
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Aldrich began his career as a comedian in a routine where he was chased and tried to outrun a red [[Dancing Handkerchief]].
  
 
His signature quick change routine was standing on a pedestal , clad only in tights, while a cloth cylinder descended down on him. As soon as the clothe reached the top of his head, it would drop and by the time it reached his feet, he was dressed in a peddler's costume and holding a tray.
 
His signature quick change routine was standing on a pedestal , clad only in tights, while a cloth cylinder descended down on him. As soon as the clothe reached the top of his head, it would drop and by the time it reached his feet, he was dressed in a peddler's costume and holding a tray.
  
In 1912, he was a star of the first Royal Command Variety Performance at the Palace Theatre in London.
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In [[1912]], he was a star of the first Royal Command Variety Performance at the Palace Theatre in London.
  
Aldrich retired to rural New Jersey where he died.
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Aldrich retired to rural New Jersey where he died.<ref>http://www.fandango.com/galegordon/biographies/p27779</ref><ref>Vaudeville, Old and New By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2007)</ref>
  
 
== Family ==
 
== Family ==
Wife was actress Gloria Gordon (best known for her portrayal of Mrs. O'Reilly on radio's My Friend Irma).
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His wife was the actress Gloria Gordon (best known for her portrayal of Mrs. O'Reilly on radio's My Friend Irma).
Son Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich Jr. on February 2, 1906 in New York City and became an actor (played Lucille's Ball's boss and Dennis the Menace next-door neighbor).
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His son known as Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich Jr. on February 2, 1906 in New York City and became an actor. He played Lucille's Ball's boss and Dennis the Menace next-door neighbor.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
* http://www.fandango.com/galegordon/biographies/p27779
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* Vaudeville, Old and New By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly
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Revision as of 08:10, 2 March 2012

Charles T. Aldrich (1869-1955), born in Cleveland Ohio, was a popular American Quick Change performer in vaudeville.

Charles T. Aldrich
Born1869
Cleveland, Ohio
Died1955
New Jersey

Biography

Aldrich began his career as a comedian in a routine where he was chased and tried to outrun a red Dancing Handkerchief.

His signature quick change routine was standing on a pedestal , clad only in tights, while a cloth cylinder descended down on him. As soon as the clothe reached the top of his head, it would drop and by the time it reached his feet, he was dressed in a peddler's costume and holding a tray.

In 1912, he was a star of the first Royal Command Variety Performance at the Palace Theatre in London.

Aldrich retired to rural New Jersey where he died.[1][2]

Family

His wife was the actress Gloria Gordon (best known for her portrayal of Mrs. O'Reilly on radio's My Friend Irma). His son known as Gale Gordon was born Charles T. Aldrich Jr. on February 2, 1906 in New York City and became an actor. He played Lucille's Ball's boss and Dennis the Menace next-door neighbor.

References

  1. http://www.fandango.com/galegordon/biographies/p27779
  2. Vaudeville, Old and New By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2007)
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