Charles Tingwell

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Charles William "Bud" Tingwell , AM (born January 3, 1923 in Sydney , † May 15, 2009 in Melbourne ) was an Australian actor who appeared in numerous British and Australian television and cinema productions after the Second World War until shortly before his death .



Born in Coogee , a beach suburb to the east of Sydney, Tingwell was given the nickname “Bud” from an early age, which was a lifelong companion. He once said that he preferred Charles as a salutation, but he appreciated the popularity of “Bud”. Before the Second World War , he was 17 years old at the Sydney radio station 2CH and was considered the country's youngest presenter.

In 1941 he volunteered for military service and flew reconnaissance flights over North Africa for the Royal Australian Air Force . He was presented with several awards and medals.

Then he began to create a new mainstay with smaller roles in theater and film. He had his first film role in 1946 in Smithy , a work that dealt with the Australian aviation pioneer Charles Kingsford Smith . He also shot The Glenrowan Affair . As part of the US production Kangaroo, shot in Australia, he also made friends in Hollywood and played there in the 1953 war film The Desert Rats . After continuing his career in Australia with King of the Coral Sea, among others , he finally followed the usual path for Australian artists and other intellectuals of that era and moved to England in 1953.

After several engagements in cinema and television films, he achieved his breakthrough in the 1960s with the Miss Marple film adaptations with Margaret Rutherford in the leading role. In it he played Inspector Craddock , who was later promoted to Chief Inspector , a diligent and law-abiding police officer who does not believe Jane Marple and her murder and crime theories, but in the end always lets himself be wrong and usually has to rescue the quirky detective from dangerous situations. In the meantime he also went back to Hollywood, where he got a good role in Tarzan the Great .

After this first high point in his career, Tingwell's life became a little quieter. He played mainly roles in episodes of well-known television series, u. a. Catweazle , with umbrella, charm and bowler hat and UFO , before he returned to Australia in 1972. There he became a popular performer, appearing primarily in local television series such as The Flying Doctors and Neighbors as well as Australian film productions such as Malcolm , USS Charleston , and The Dish .

In his home country he became widely known through the role of Inspector Reg Lawson, whom he played between 1973 and 1977 in 125 episodes of the Australian TV classic Homicide (not broadcast in German-speaking countries), which has won multiple awards for the Logie TV award .

His portrayal of the amiable lawyer Lawrence Hammill, who is returning from retirement and pro bono caring for an unsuspecting petty bourgeois family and saving them from expropriating their home as part of an airport expansion, in the Australian film The Castle (also known as My Home is my Castle ) from 1997, renewed its popularity and introduced it to a new generation.

Tingwell also appeared frequently as a director and producer on numerous television series.


Charles Tingwell married his childhood sweetheart Audrey Wilson in 1951, whom he had known since she was 16 and with whom he was married for 45 years until her death in 1996. The marriage resulted in the two children Christopher and Virginia. Virginia Tingwell also became an actress.

Charles Tingwell was a member of the Masonic League .

Tingwell died of prostate cancer . His final respects were paid to him with a state funeral .

Filmography (selection)


For his life's work, Charles Tingwell was awarded the Order of Australia in 1999 .

In 1994 he was inducted into the Gold Logie Hall of Fame hosted by TV Week , one of the premier awards for Australian television professionals.

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Individual evidence

  1. Freemasons in Australia ; Newspaper articles by Leigh Van Den Broeke; published in The Daily Telegraph in April 2015. Homepage: The Daily Telegraph (accessed February 23, 2017)
  2. It's an Honor - Australia celebrating Australians (accessed April 2, 2009)