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Charles Champlin
Born March 23, 1926(1926-03-23) (age 95)
Hammondsport, New York
Occupation Film critic

Charles Davenport Champlin (born 23 March 1926 in Hammondsport, New York) is an American film critic and writer.

Champlin's family has been active in the wine industry in upstate New York since 1855. He served in the infantry in Europe in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart and battle stars. He graduated from Harvard University in 1948 and joined LIFE Magazine.

Champlin was a writer and correspondent for LIFE and TIME Magazine for seventeen years, and was a member of the Overseas Press Club. 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.

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 an arts series, “Homewood,” also for PBS. For six years he co-hosted a public affairs program, “Citywatchers,” on KCET in Los Angeles 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 1992, he was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Champlin has been suffering from macular degeneration since the late 1990s, and in 2001 wrote My Friend, You Are Legally Blind, a memoir about his struggle with the disease.

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