Charles Alden Black Jr.- Actress Shirley Temple’s Son

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Shirley Temple Black Charles Black Jr

Meet Charles Black Jr. The son of iconic child star, Shirley Temple and Navy intelligence officer and business man, Charles Alden Black. Temple gave birth to their son, Charles Alden Black, Jr., in Washington, D.C., on April 28, 1952.

His parents were married Del Monte, California, on December 16, 1950. He was Shirley’s first child from her second marriage. His mother was previously married to John Agar, with whom she had one daughter and Charles Jr.; older sister, Linda Susan.


Charles, father was a Silver Star recipient and son of James B. Black, the president and later chairman of Pacific Gas and Electric, and reputedly one of the richest young men in California.

His father was recalled to the Navy at the outbreak of the Korean War but following the war’s end and Black’s discharge from the Navy, the family returned to California in May 1953.


Then in 1954, Charles’ mother gave birth to younger sister, Lori Black; becoming a big happy family of five. We can see in the first picture below little Charles along with mother and sister Linda and next to that, both his parents and sisters.


At his mother’s request Charles tried acting for a while. His only acting credit is the 1958 TV series, Shirley Temple’s Storybook. He was “Andy” during two episodes.

But it seems he had other ambitions. We did found a profile of Charles Alden Black, Jr.; a licensed real estate Broker doing business as one of Alain Pinel´s Broker Associates.

Charlie´s real estate activities and developed expertise over nearly ten years have encompassed the broader residential markets of both San Francisco and the Peninsula, he places a special emphasis on the City´s neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks.

Charlie received a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University in 1976, and pursued further studies at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, M.I.T./Harvard Law and Tufts University´s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. You can read more here.

Below we can see a picture of him with his mother, posing in the press room with her 42nd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award during the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.


His parents were married for 55-years until his father’s death at age 86, in 2005 from myelodysplastic syndrome. At the time of his father’s death, Charles Black Jr., said that over the past half a century his parents

“didn’t sleep apart from each other for more than a couple of days. They adored each other.”

And now his parents, are together once again as we learned the sad decease of his iconic mother.


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  1. Pamela Smith says:

    Sorry, to hear of your mothers passing. She was a wonderful actress and politician. I loved watching her when I was a child. She always made you smile. God Bless.

    Pam Smith

  2. Elizabeth Dale Thomas says:

    Thank you, Charles, for the posting of your dear wonderful mother’s passing. She carried herself always with fine grace, & as I remember her teaching you & your sister Lori when she would be there @ Harker School for Boys & Girls in Palo Alto. My memories of all of you with your beautiful smiles on your faces will remain with me always as you had greeted me, your swim instructor, & my mother Mrs. Dale @ the swimming pool. May peace be with your family during your time of grief.
    Elizabeth D. Thomas

  3. Hello, Charlie Black – Perhaps you remember me from the summer of 1967, the Shire, and other miscellaneous places and times. I have thought of you often. My own relationship with your mother was rather complicated (oh, those teen-aged years!), but I send you my sincere condolences for her passing. The loss of mothers leaves us feeling a little like trees with no roots, at least for awhile. I send you and your sisters prayers and blessings for this poignant time. Pam Fine

  4. Wayne Fravel says:

    I am sorry to hear the news regarding the death of your mother. I lost my Mom a couple of weeks ago and know the sadness you are feeling. Take care Charles, my prayers are with you…….. and I still remember the fun we had at SCU.

  5. Frieda Lee says:

    Salutations to your family. After a long night at work caring for the children my husband picked me up due to the snow in Alabama. We stopped off at IHOP for breakfast. My husband spoke these words to me. “Your favorite actress died today”. Me “Well, I.m tired, who was it? He replied “Shirley Temple”. I wasn’t ready for the emotion that took hold of me. I burst out in tears. Can you believe it? I cried because I love Shirley Temple, she was a big part of my life. I grew up with your mom in my living room on a picture screen. I have all her movies and have watched them over and over. I have even shared them with my grandchildren. The values my parents taught me was re-learned from her movies. As I walk the corridors of my mind the actions of little Shirley Temple remind me a lot of the Good Book. “What goes around comes around.” Her tragedies always ended up to be a treasure sewn with threads of gold. And when we trust in God, although our lives at times are laden with storms, eventually the son will shine through. Your mother is safe in the mighty palm of God’s Hand this I know that I know. May God’s peace that surpasses all understanding cloth you and your family through this stage of your life. In His Love…..Frieda lee

  6. Charles, if your reading this, this is scott petersen, we went to Palo Alto military academy together, my mother jeanne petersen was friends with your mom, i have wondered about you for many years, remember me now? I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. At one time my mom and your mom were trying to,buy the same house, how funny, your mom won out..please get ahold of me, i live in north calif, work in radio broadcasting, see my web site, I hope to hear from you. I lost my brother Ted a year ago so I know the pain you going thru, let’s tlak,,, god bless, scott

  7. Hello, (Sir) Charles, It’s a salutation we give all our “Charles” friends.
    I am a stranger to you.
    Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you to your friends sharing their thoughts.
    Deep Sympathy to you for the loss of your parents.
    May you continue to share….
    God Bless

  8. I loved to watch your moms shows. When I first came to America in 1976 the two most important shows that I watched was The three Stooges and Shirley Temple. I loved those shows even till now I’m forty and still love to watch it. I have all her collections for memories.

  9. Gary Schwartz says:

    Dear Charlie, my long lost friend… I cannot tell you how sorry I was to have read the passing of your mom.. I know it has been a year now.. and still been trying to find out how to get in touch with you.. I still kick myself for not having met you all for breakfast that morning in DC. I chickened out… and you never gave her the silk flower arrangement I had made for her.. I teach music and have all of my young girl students sing from the Shirley Temple Songbook, which is now out of print.. but managed to get the last few for them.. I smile at the picture thinking of the silk screen you had on your wall as you entered your penthouse in Georgetown. Thank you for posting the wonderful things to remind people of how amazing and brilliant she was.. Her legacy lives on in you! Peace

    Gary Schwartz

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