Facts of Richard Lincoln Charles
|Richard Lincoln Charles
|Former marketing executive
|Joyce Randolph (1955-1997)
|No Of Children
|Date of Birth
Richard Lincoln Charles was famous as the husband of late American actress Joyce Randolph, who is best recognized for her role as Trixie Norton on the famous American television sitcom The Honeymooners.
Charles was a marketing executive. Besides that, he was the president of a theatrical club named Lambs.
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He married Randolph the day after the premiere of The Honeymooners
Charles married Randolph on the 2nd of October 1955, the day after the premiere of The Honeymooners.
From the marriage union, they gave birth to their only son, Randolph Richard Charles, in 1960.
Randolph serves as a marketing executive.
Charles and Randolph were together until he died in 1997 at the age of 74.
How did Randolph land the role of Trixie Norton?
Randolph will be forever remembered for her role as Trixie Norton, a wife of a sewer worker where she appeared in all 39 of the show episodes.
But how did she land the part of the famous sitcom?
According to Randolph, there were two variety shows in 1951 on the DuMont Network, and Joseph Cates, a major Broadway producer, called her to do a Clorets commercial on ‘Cavalcade of Stars’ starring Jackie Gleason.
He was the associate producer of Cavalcade of Stars at the time.
A few weeks later, he again called her, saying that they were redoing it.
Again, a few weeks later, he called her, saying that Gleason had written some serious sketches with the writers.
They wanted a girl who could look older. She tried to look older and got the role.
And again, after a few weeks, he called her saying that Gleason had asked him to get her, labeling her “that serious actress” to play the part of ‘Trixie’ which had just popped up in the script.
That was how she landed a part without an agent.
She also said that she started the show with 250 dollars every other week.
Randolph was the last surviving cast member of The Honeymooners
Randolph sadly passed away in her sleep on Saturday night, 13th of January, 2024, at her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
She died of natural causes and was in hospice care suffering the effects of old age.
She was 99 and was the last surviving member of The Honeymooners.
Randolph on her acting career and working with Jackie Gleason
Randolph was determined to become an actress from the early days.
Her mother was supportive of her desire to become an actress, but her father wasn’t.
However, she eventually went to the expression school, speech, and drama.
Soon after she graduated from high school, she started working at Saks Fifth Avenue store in Detroit.
While there, she auditioned for the Wayne Civic workshop, which was part of Wayne University.
She got the part and did a small part in a play.
She then played a part in The Importance of Being Earnest, and because of her work in it, the Catholic theatre called her and asked her to audition that was happening in Detroit, saying she was one of the girls from the Catholic theatre.
They had a six-week run in Detroit.
The producers of the Catholic theatre said if she toured with the show from Detroit to Chicago, she had to join the union.
She was 18 at the time. She tour with them that lasted for two weeks.
In 1943, at the age of 19, she moved to New York to pursue her acting career and started taking roles on Broadway.
When asked about her experience working with Jackie Gleason, Randolph said working with him was quite difficult as he didn’t like rehearsing much.
Similarly, in another interview, she expressed that Gleason seemed sort of morose to her when she first did a serious sketch with him also.
It was because the show was like that.
When they later did Honeymooners, she found him quite jolly enough some days, but at the same time, he would be in a black Irish mood the other days, she said.
She further went on to say that they didn’t get to see much of him because he said that the comedy is not funny if it’s over-rehearsed.
“He always said that things shouldn’t be over-rehearsed. It should be spontaneous”, she recalled.
He was a wealthy marketing executive, but his exact net worth at the time of his death is still unknown.
His wife, at the time of her death, had a net worth of $4 million.
- He was born in 1933. He passed away on the 22nd of September, 1997.