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film critic , journalist , writer , television presenter

Charles Davenport Champlin, American television personality, critic, writer. Decorated Purple Heart; recipient Order Arts and Letters, France, 1977. Trustee Los Angeles Film Teachers Association With United States Army, 1944-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Authors Guild.

Background

Champlin, Charles Davenport was born on March 23, 1926 in Hammondsport, New York, United States. Son of Francis Malburn and Katherine Marietta (Masson) Champlin.

Education

He graduated from Harvard University in 1948 and joined LIFE magazine.

Career

His family has been active in the wine industry in upstate New York since 1855. Champlin’s television career began in 1971 when he hosted “Film Odyssey” on PBS, introducing classic films and interviewing major directors. That same year, he hosted a live music series, “Homewood,” for KCET, the Los Angeles PBS station.

For six years he co-hosted a public affairs program, “Citywatchers,” on KCET with columnist Art Seidenbaum. He has interviewed hundreds of film personalities, first on the Z Channel’s “On the Film Scene” in Los Angeles, then with “Champlin on Film” on Bravo Cable. Champlin taught film criticism at Loyola Marymount University from 1969 to 1985, was adjunct professor of film at USC from 1985 to 1996, and has also taught at UC Irvine and the AFI Conservatory.

He has also written many books, including his biographies Back There where the Past Was (1989) and A Life in Writing (2006). In his later years, Champlin had macular degeneration since the late 1990s, and in 2001 wrote My Friend, You Are Legally Blind, a memoir about his struggle with the disease. He died on November 16, 2014, aged 88.

He had Alzheimer's disease.

Achievements

  • He served in the infantry in Europe in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and battle stars. He joined the Los Angeles Times as entertainment editor and columnist in 1965, was its principal film critic from 1967 to 1980, and wrote book reviews and a regular column titled "Critic at Large." He is a founder of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and has been a board member of the American Cinematheque.

Works

Membership

Board of directors American Cinemateque. Trustee Los Angeles Film Teachers Association With United States Army, 1944-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, National Book Critics Circuit, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Authors Guild, Overseas Press Club.

Connections

Married Margaret Frances Derby, September 11, 1948. Children: Charles Junior, Katherine, John, Judith, Susan, Nancy.

father:
Francis Malburn Champlin

mother:
Katherine Marietta (Masson) Champlin

spouse:
Margaret Frances Derby

children:
Charles Junior Champlin

Katherine Champlin

John Champlin

Judith Champlin

Susan Champlin

Nancy Champlin