Charles Davenport Champlin is an American film critic and writer.
Champlin's 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, principal film critic, and book reviewer. He is a founder of 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 an arts series, ?Homewood,? also for PBS. For six years he co-hosted a public affairs program, ?Citywatchers,? on KCET in Los Angeles. 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.