|Was||Television presenter Journalist Journalist Writer|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Journalism Literature|
|Birth||23 March 1926, Hammondsport, Steuben County, New York, U.S.A.|
|Death||16 November 2014, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 88 years)|
Charles Davenport Champlin (March 23, 1926 – November 16, 2014) was an American film critic and writer.
Life and career
Champlin was born in Hammondsport, New York. His 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 co-founded 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 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 1992, he was a member of the jury at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.
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, suffering from Alzheimer's disease.