Charles L. Brame life and biography

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Charles L. Brame biography

Date of birth : 1926-08-02
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Florida, Missouri, USA
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-06-10
Credited as : Writer and Historian , ,

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Charles L. Brame born August 2, 1926; son of Roy E. (a cement kiln burning expert) and Charity M. (a homemaker; maiden name, Gibson) Brame; married Geraldine R. Williams (a teacher); children: Deborah, Catherine, Valerie, Candyce.

Education: Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. (education), 1952; University of Missouri, M.A. (history), 1957; advanced graduate study at University of the Redlands and University of California, Riverside. Politics: Democrat.

Hobbies and other interests: Participating in political campaigns, contributing to local and state programs, active participation in local and state mental health programs, playing and singing country-western music and Dixieland jazz.

Memberships: Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Abraham Lincoln Presenters of America, California Retired Teachers Association, Scottish Rite Masons, Publishers Marketing Association, San Diego Publishers Alliance, Lincoln Forum.


For more than thirty years, Charles L. Brame taught history, political science, and constitutional studies at schools in Missouri and California. He has taught students at levels ranging from fifth grade to college. In 1985 Brame took advantage of his appearance and knowledge of history and left teaching for a career as a professional Abraham Lincoln look-alike. He developed dramatic presentations, speeches, and Civil War re-enactments revolving around Lincoln. Since his debut, Brame has performed in over twenty-seven hundred one-man Lincoln shows. He has also appeared as Lincoln in a number of television programs as well as in print advertising, commercials, and CD-ROMs. In 1997 Brame was named the Lincoln of the year by the Abraham Lincoln Presenters of America, a national association of Lincoln impersonators of which Brame is a charter member. The following year, Brame and cartoonist Edgar B. Soller published Honestly Abe: A Cartoon Expose of Abraham Lincoln, a collection of cartoons, commentary, and quotations that introduce the reader to the wit and wisdom of the sixteenth president of the United States.

Named Lincoln of the year, Abraham Lincoln Presenters of America, 1997; Benjamin Franklin Award, 1999, for Honestly Abe.

Teacher in Missouri and California, 1961-84. Producer of the radio show Inland Youth Forum. Professional Abraham Lincoln impersonator, 1985--, has appeared in solo stage shows and on such television series as Growing Pains, Just Our Luck, Cybill, The Drew Carey Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as in commercials, print advertisements, and CD-ROMs.


* Honestly Abe: A Cartoon Expose of Abraham Lincoln, ABE Press (Alta Loma, CA), 1998.
* Honestly Abe: A Cartoon Biography of Abraham Lincoln, revised and extended edition, illustrated by Edgar "Sol" Soller, ABE Press (Alta Loma, CA), 2000.

Contributor of articles to educational journals, including Audio Visual Journal, California Council for the Social Studies Journal, California Teachers Association Journal, and Scottish Rite Journal. Creator of The Living Lincoln, a two-hour dramatic monologue about Lincoln; A Trip to Gettysburg, a thirty-minute monologue on the Gettysburg Address; and We Must Think, Anew, a forty-five-minute motivational dialogue.


Who Painted My Taters Green, young children's book; Three Little Pigs: Pete, Prunelli, and Loulabel; Juvenile fiction pieces; a series of Lincoln calendars; a semi-autobiographical series entitled The War and Charlie B, The Education of Charlie B, and The Works.

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