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Charles Middleton (1874-1949) was an American actor. He played the villain Pa Stark in the 1938 serial Dick Tracy Returns, starring Ralph Byrd. He is most famous for playing the role of Emperor Ming the Merciless in several of the popular Flash Gordon serials.

Middleton left home at the age of 12 and joined a circus. In addition to his career as an actor, Middleton also made a significant amount of money from investments.

Among his other notable roles, Middleton played Ken Colton in three installments of the 1943 Batman serial starring Lewis Wilson. Middleton also played the Prosecutor in the highly-regarded Marx Brothers comedy Duck Soup.