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Frank Cady

Although Frank Cady's most famous role would be that of general-store owner Sam Drucker, one of the less nutty residents of Hooterville in both Green Acres (1965) and Petticoat Junction (1963), he had a history as a film, stage and television actor long before those shows. Cady also appeared on some radio programs including Gunsmoke. In the 1950s, Cady played Doc Williams in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952), along with numerous supporting parts in movies and also appeared in television commercials for (among other products) Shasta Grape Soda. Cady has been most prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three TV sitcoms at the same time, The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965), and Petticoat Junction (1963). Usually cast as a gregarious small-town businessman, druggist, store clerk or other type of all-around Midwestern-type good guy, Cady was actually a California native, born in Susanville in 1915. The acting bug bit him when he sang in an elementary school play, and after graduating from Stanford University he headed to London, England, to train in the theater. When World War II broke out he was already in Europe, so he enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent the next several years in postings all over the continent. After his discharge he returned to the US and headed for Hollywood. An agent saw him in a local play, signed him, and he was on his way. One of his earlier--and more atypical--roles was as a seedy underworld character pulled in for questioning in a cop's murder in the noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), and he played a succession of hotel clerks, bureaucrats, henpecked husbands and the like for the next 40+ years. He did much television work from the mid-'50s onward. Cady resided in Wilsonville, Oregon and at the time of his death had two children; daughter, Catherine Turk; son, Steven; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Sep 8, 1915
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Front Row Center 1945-03-25
Latest Project:
Movie Return to Green Acres 1990-05-18
Known For
Poster of Dial 1119
Poster of The Great Rupert
Poster of Bungalow 13
Movie Return to Green Acres Sam Drucker 1990-05-18
Series ABC Weekend Special Unknown 1977-09-10
Movie Hearts of the West Pa Tater 1975-10-08
Series These Are the Days 1974-09-07
Movie Zandy's Bride Pa Allan 1974-05-19
Movie The Million Dollar Duck Assayer 1971-06-30
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Green Acres 1965-09-15
Movie 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Mayor James Sargent 1964-03-18
Series Grindl Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Hazel Unknown 1961-09-28
Series The Andy Griffith Show Unknown 1960-10-03
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series Klondike Unknown 1960-10-10
Movie The Man Who Understood Women John Milstead 1959-10-02
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series The Alaskans Unknown 1959-10-04
Movie The Missouri Traveler Willie Poole 1958-01-21
Movie The Girl Most Likely Pop 1958-02-05
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Tin Star Abe Pickett (uncredited) 1957-10-23
Series Trackdown Unknown 1957-10-04
Movie The Bad Seed Henry Daigle 1956-09-12
Movie Three Violent People Doctor 1956-12-01
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Indian Fighter Trader Joe 1955-12-21
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Movie Rear Window Man on Fire Escape (uncredited) 1954-09-01
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Movie Half a Hero Mr. Watts 1953-05-11
Series You Are There Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Private Secretary Unknown 1953-02-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie The Atomic City F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg 1952-05-01
Movie The Sellout Bennie Amboy 1952-05-30
Movie Lightning Strikes Twice Gas Station Man 1951-04-12
Movie Dear Brat Parole Officer Creavy 1951-05-30
Movie When Worlds Collide Harold Ferris 1951-09-14
Movie Let's Make It Legal Ferguson 1951-10-31
Movie Ace in the Hole Mr. Federber 1951-06-29
Movie Convicted Eddie (uncredited) 1950-08-01
Movie The Great Rupert Mr. Taney - Tax Investigator 1950-03-01
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Father of the Bride Timid Engagement Party Guest (uncredited) 1950-05-18
Movie Experiment Alcatraz Max Henry 1950-11-21
Movie Pretty Baby Janitor (uncredited) 1950-09-16
Movie Hunt the Man Down Showbox Puppeteer (uncredited) 1950-12-26
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Harry (uncredited) 1950-12-08
Movie Dial 1119 Fred Backett (uncredited) 1950-11-03
Movie He Walked by Night Pete Hammond 1949-02-05
Movie Flamingo Road 1949-04-30
Movie Take One False Step Reporter (uncredited) 1949-06-22
Movie It's a Great Feeling Oculist (uncredited) 1949-08-01
Movie The Checkered Coat Skinner 1948-07-16
Movie Bungalow 13 Gus Barton 1948-11-19
Movie Sarge Goes to College Prof. Edwards 1947-05-13
Series Front Row Center Unknown 1945-03-25
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