Charles Tingwell

Birthplace: Coogee
Died: May 15, 2009
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Charles William "Bud" Tingwell AM (3 January 1923 – 15 May 2009) was an Australian film, television, theatre and radio actor. Tingwell was one of the veterans of Australian film. He acted in his first motion picture in 1946 and appeared in over 100 films and numerous television programs in both the United Kingdom and Australia.
Tingwell was born in the Sydney suburb of Coogee, the son of William Harvey Tingwell and Enid (née Green). As an adolescent he was encouraged by his father to be an accountant but failed the entrance exam. While still at school Tingwell became a cadet at Sydney radio station 2CH, soon becoming the youngest radio announcer in Australia.
In 1941, aged 18, he volunteered for war service overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force. Under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, personnel from Commonwealth air forces were part of a joint training and assignment system. Consequently, Tingwell trained as a pilot in Canada during 1942. Despite damaging a Harvard training aircraft in August 1942, he qualified as a pilot and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer that December.
Tingwell was posted to the Mediterranean Theatre and underwent operational training with