Actor Charles Lane, July 9 Charles Lane, the prolific character actor whose name was little known but whose bespectacled face and crotchety persona made him instantly recognizable to generations of moviegoers, died on July 9. He was 102. Lane, whose career spanned more than 60 years, appeared in such film classics as "It's a Wonderful Life,""Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" and "Twentieth Century." He also had a recurring role as the scheming railroad man, Homer Beadle, on the 1960s TV sitcom "Petticoat Junction" and appeared often on "I Love Lucy."