Charles Crain

Charles Crain, 83, actor, died July 4 in Hollywood. The cause of death was not reported.

Crain began his career at the age of 4, accompanying his parents, Charles Lee and Grace Crain, who performed as the vaudeville team Oliver & Lee.

Crain claimed to be the original Buster Brown boy featured in print advertising. The life story of his family was made into the movie “Mother Wore Tights.”

During World War II, Crain was in the Army Special Services and performed in USO productions. Later, he acted in and directed numerous plays at the Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown, Pa. He also produced and directed dance revues for community organizations across the country.

He later retired to Hollywood, where he made commercials.

Survived by two stepbrothers.

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