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Charles T. Aldrich

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Charles T. Aldrich
Cleveland, Ohio
New Jersey

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


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]


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.


  2. Vaudeville, Old and New By Frank Cullen, Florence Hackman, Donald McNeilly (2007)