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Charlie’s father, who represents the voice of kindness and sanity in the family, but is too gentle to prevail over his dominant wife. He finally sends Charlie away, fearing for his safety, and later walks out on his wife and daughter.
Harold Nemur & Jay Strauss
They are neuro-surgeons and psychiatrists who are the senior members of the research team, which experiments on Charlie. His feelings for them change from respect and trust to suspicion and contempt after the operation. Nemur is the more unsympathetic of the two.
Charlie’s younger sister. She, like the parents, appears in the scenes that Charlie remembers, until the end, when he visits his family home. A spoiled and high-strung girl, she reflects her mother’s attitudes. The adult Norma is very different from the child.
The laboratory assistant, who is a junior member of the team. Initially seen as kind and patient, Charlie considers him a friend. Burt however is too much a part of the team to be really committed to Charlie.
He is the owner of the bakery, where Charlie works. A kind, paternal figure, he looks after Charlie and becomes his guardian after his uncle’s death.
A senior baker with a bad leg. He is sympathetic to Charlie’s problems and protects him from the others. Their friendship is affected when he is found cheating Donner.
Frank Reilly & Joe Carp
Initially role models for Charlie, they represent the brutish insensitive people for whom, anyone with a handicap is fair game.
She is a woman worker who protects Charlie and suggests that, he attend the special school. She has serious doubts about the changes in Charlie and feels that they are dangerous.
Charlie’s land lady. She feeds and looks after Charlie in his regressive phase, when he has rejected all his other friends.
Ray Winslow & Thelma
He is the head psychologist and she is a housemother at the Warren State Home for retarded people. Charlie regards the Home with dread, but is comforted on meeting them. They are both sincere and dedicated people, doing their difficult jobs in the best way they can.
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