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Charles Townsend, or Charlie, is a retired detective and founder of the Townsend Agency. To protect his employees, he never allows more than one Bosley to know his appearance.


Charlie worked for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II alongside alongside Cal Jeffers.[1][2]

One of Charlie's oldest enemies is Malcolm Case, who trapped and hunted the Angels to take revenge on Charlie.[3]

As of December 1979, Charlie owned a 100-foot yacht called the Wayward Angel that was registered under the Townsend Agency. Its interior design was done by Pat Justice. After it was stolen and recovered, it was impounded as evidence for three months.[4]

Eric Knox threatened to kill Charlie and his Angels because he thought Charlie was responsible for his father's death, who was actually a double agent who was discovered and executed in Charlie's platoon during the Vietnam War.


Kelly Garrett simulating Charlie's voice while speaking to Bosley 342 about recruiting Elena Houghlin.

Bosley implies that Charlie is dead by the time of Charlie's Angels (2019). It is later revealed that Kelly Garrett was chosen to take over Townsend Agency and continued his legacy by using a voice simulator on her computer to communicate with the Bosleys and Angels through the speaker box, while keeping her identity as "Charlie" anonymous.


"Charlie, how will we ever know you really exist unless you come down here and have a coconut with us?"
-Natalie to Charlie on the phone while celebrating with Dylan, Alex and Bosley on the beach outside his house following the Knox Kidnapping Case's close and before Dylan spots him watching from afar.

"Faith, Angels, it's called faith."
-Charlie responds to Natalie

"Good Morning, Angels!!!"

-Charlie's catchphrase to all of the Angels.


  • Charlie's birthday is in mid-November.[5]
  • Although Charlie's face was never shown on screen, actor John Forsythe was himself a familiar face to many, having starred in the 1960s sitcom Bachelor's Father. During the final six months of the original run of Charlie's Angels, Forsythe also starred as Blake Carrington in the TV series Dynasty, which debuted in January 1981 (Charlie's Angels run until June).