Hanlin Charleston is a recurring character on WB drama Gilmore Girls. He is portrayed by Dakin Matthews.


Hanlin Charleston is the headmaster of Chilton, Rory's high school. He is stern, set in his ways and has a specific, unmalleable worldview, much like Richard Gilmore.

Series arc

He has frequent run-ins with Lorelai about Rory's education. Their first and most intense confrontation comes about after Rory misses an important exam by 15 minutes and Charleston refuses to let her take it.

He and his wife are old friends with Emily and Richard Gilmore. He plays golf with Richard regularly, and his wife is on the Symphony fundraiser board with Emily.


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