Yes, Chuck's dad is alive!
And, yes, we now know who will be portraying Charles Charles.
Josh Randall - best known for his roles on Ed and Lost - will appear on episodes eight and nine of the season, titled "Comfort Food" and "Lighthouse."
According to E! Online, Ned will raise Mr. Charles from the dead to help his daughter pursue an issue from her past... but, remember, the dude has been in the grave for two decades! Therefore, Chuck's dad will initially be bandaged up like a mummy.
Eventually, though, his face his unwrapped and fans will be treated to the sight of Randall's handsome mug. Cool.