Charles bay was born to Eli and Gertrude Bay in Dauphin, Manitoba along with 4 brothers 1 sister. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1938. He worked in the retail fashion industry in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; San Diego, California; and Los Angeles, California. He later owned a company that manufactured down comforters. After his retirement he also acted in a small number of film roles. Charles Bay died in 2002.