Frank Cady

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Frank Cady
Frank Cady.jpg
Cady in an episode of Petticoat Junction, 1963.
BornFrank Randolph Cady
(1915-09-08)September 8, 1915
Susanville, California, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 2012(2012-06-08) (aged 96)
Wilsonville, Oregon, U.S.
Resting place
Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery, Wilsonville, Oregon
Other namesFrankie Cady
Frank R. Cady
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materStanford University
OccupationActor
Years active1947–1990
Known forSam Drucker
TelevisionThe Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction
Spouse(s)Shirley Cady (m. 1940–2008; her death); 2 children
ChildrenCatherine Turk,
Steven Cady
 
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This article is about the actor. For the Wisconsin legislator, see Frank A. Cady.
Frank Cady
Frank Cady.jpg
Cady in an episode of Petticoat Junction, 1963.
BornFrank Randolph Cady
(1915-09-08)September 8, 1915
Susanville, California, U.S.
DiedJune 8, 2012(2012-06-08) (aged 96)
Wilsonville, Oregon, U.S.
Resting place
Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery, Wilsonville, Oregon
Other namesFrankie Cady
Frank R. Cady
EducationBachelor of Arts
Alma materStanford University
OccupationActor
Years active1947–1990
Known forSam Drucker
TelevisionThe Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction
Spouse(s)Shirley Cady (m. 1940–2008; her death); 2 children
ChildrenCatherine Turk,
Steven Cady

Frank Randolph Cady (September 8, 1915 – June 8, 2012) was an American actor best known for his recurring and popular role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in three American television series during the 1960s — Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies — and his earlier role as "Doc Williams" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.[1]

Early life[edit]

Cady was born in Susanville, California, the youngest of three children of Leon and Clara Cady.[2] In high school he worked at a local newspaper, The Lassen County Advocate.[3] Cady's family later moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.

He studied journalism and drama at Stanford University, where he was involved with the campus humor magazine, the Stanford Chaparral. Following college graduation Cady served an apprenticeship at the Westminster Theater in London, England, appearing in four plays. In England he made an early television appearance on the BBC in late 1938.[3]

He returned to Stanford in 1939 for graduate studies and a position as teaching assistant. While at Stanford, Cady met and later married his wife, Shirley Katherine Jones, in 1940. Born in Oakland, California, Shirley Cady, a Stanford University graduate, had several vocations – professional singer, teacher and legal secretary.[2]

Dissatisfied with academia, Frank began a series of jobs two years later, as an announcer and news broadcaster at various California radio stations. His career was put on hold in 1943 when he joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving in England, France and Germany during World War II.[4]

Television and movie career[edit]

After being discharged from military service in 1946, Cady appeared in a series of plays in the Los Angeles area which led to movie roles, beginning in 1947. In 1950, he had an uncredited speaking role in the classic film noir drama D.O.A. and another uncredited role in Father of the Bride (1950). He had a small part in the noir classic The Asphalt Jungle (also 1950) playing a witness who refused to identify a robbery suspect. He appeared in George Pal's film When Worlds Collide (1951), and worked with Pal again in 1964 in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.

Cady had a prominent role in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (aka, The Big Carnival, also 1951) and had a small non-speaking role in Rear Window in 1954. He played the husband of Eileen Heckart characters in two films: The Bad Seed (1956) and Zandy's Bride (1974). He appeared on the Make Room For Daddy episode that was the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show. He appeared on some radio programs, including Gunsmoke episode #140 ("Outlaw Robin Hood") on January 8, 1955.[5]

In the 1950s, Cady played Doc Williams in Ozzie and Harriet (1953–64). In 1961 Cady made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as twin brothers Joe and Hiram Widlock in "The Case of the Pathetic Patient". He was prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three television sitcoms at the same time – The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction, from 1968 to 1969. As Sam Drucker, he appeared in 142 of 170 Green Acres episodes during its six-year run from 1965-71. Also as Sam Drucker, he was one of only three co-stars of Petticoat Junction who stayed with the series for its entire seven-year run (1963-71), along with Edgar Buchanan and Linda Henning, appearing in 170 of the show's 222 episodes. He played Sam in 10 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1968-70.

His final acting role was in the television movie Return to Green Acres (1990). In a 1995 interview with the Portland Oregonian Cady spoke of his television career: "You get typecast. I'm remembered for those shows and not for some pretty good acting jobs I did other times. I suppose I ought to be grateful for that, because otherwise I wouldn't be remembered at all. I've got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world."[6]

In 2005, Cady attended Eddie Albert's funeral, along with Green Acres co-stars Sid Melton and Mary Grace Canfield.

Later life[edit]

Cady loved to write, golf and travel. In 1977, he and his wife moved to Cambria, California. In 1991, they moved again, to his native Wilsonville, Oregon.[2]

Death[edit]

Shirley Cady died on August 22, 2008 at age 91. The Cadys, who were married 68 years, were the parents of two children — daughter Catherine Turk and son Steven Cady. They had three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.[2] Frank Cady died at his home on June 8, 2012 at age 96. He was interred at Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery Wilsonville Oregon.[6]

Selected filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1948He Walked by NightPete Hammond, SuspectUncredited
1949Flamingo RoadTom HillUncredited
1950The Asphalt JungleNight clerkUncredited
D.O.A.BartenderUncredited
The Great RupertMr. Taney, Tax collector
1951When Worlds CollideHarold Ferris
Let's Make It LegalFerguson
The SelloutBennie Amboy
1952The Atomic CityF.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
1953Half a HeroMr. Watts
1954Rear WindowHusband above the Thorwalds
1954–1965The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietDoc WilliamsTelevision, 61 episodes
1955TrialCanfordUncredited
1956
The Bad SeedHenry Daigle
December BrideTelevision, 1 episode
Private SecretaryBarneyTelevision, 1 episode
1957Broken ArrowThaddeus ParkerTelevision, 1 episode
The Girl Most LikelyPop
1958The Missouri TravelerWillie Poole
MaverickHamelinTelevision, 1 episode
TrackdownBob TailTelevision, 1 episode
1959The Gale Storm ShowTelevision, 1 episode
SugarfootLawyer Jay HollisTelevision, episode "The Mysterious Stranger"
The Man Who Understood WomenJohn Milstead
1960The AlaskansBradshawTelevision, episode "The Last Bullet"
Make Room for DaddyTown DrunkTelevision, 1 episode
KlondikeLesterTelevision, 1 episode
1961Guestward, Ho!Harry CrawfordTelevision, episode "Bill, the Fireman"
Hawaiian EyeHarvey GamsonTelevision, 1 episode
Pete and GladysTellerTelevision, 1 episode "The Live-In Couple"
Perry MasonJoe/Hiram WidlockTelevision, 1 episode
1962CheyenneTelevision, 1 episode
Dennis the MenaceDr. FergusonTelevision, 1 episode
1963The VirginianMr. HardyTelevision, 1 episode
GrindlMr. BurroughsTelevision, 1 episode
GlynisEpisode entitled "The Pros and Cons"Television, 1 episode
1963–1970Petticoat JunctionMr. Drucker, The General Store ShopkeeperTelevision, 139 episodes
1964HazelMr. PincusTelevision, 1 episode
GunsmokeWebb NortonTelevision, 1 episode
7 Faces of Dr. LaoMayor James Sargent
1965–1966The Andy Griffith ShowLuke, a drunkTelevision, 2 episodes
1965–1971Green AcresMr. Drucker, The General Store ShopkeeperTelevision, 145 Episodes
1967The Gnome-MobileCharlie PettiboneUncredited
1968–1970The Beverly HillbilliesSam DruckerTelevision, 10 episodes
1970The Million Dollar DuckAssayer
1974Zandy's Bride (film)

Pa Allan

Hawaii Five-OJudge Edgar BergstromTelevision, 1 episode
1974–1975These Are the DaysHomer (Voice)Television, 16 episodes
1975Hearts of the WestPa Tater
1977Eight Is EnoughTelevision, 1 episode
1977–1978ABC Weekend Special
The Winged Colt
Mr. SutterTelevision, 3 episodes
1990Return to Green AcresSam Drucker

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (June 11, 2012). "Frank Cady, Kept Store on 'Green Acres', Dies at 96". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Obituary; accessed February 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Frank Cady biography". Official Petticoat Junction Web site. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Obituary, L.A. Times; accessed February 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "Gunsmoke". OTR.Network Library. 
  6. ^ a b "Green Acres character actor Frank Cady dies". Associated Press via Yahoo News. June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 

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