Frank Faylen (born Francis Charles Ruf) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. He is best remembered for his movie performances as the cynical male nurse in The Lost Weekend (1945) and Ernie the taxi driver in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), as well as for his portrayal of long-suffering grocer Herbert T. Gillis on the 1950s television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Frank Faylen (born Francis Charles Ruf) was an American stage, screen, and television actor. He is best remembered for his movie performances as the cynical male nurse in The Lost Weekend (1945) and Ernie the taxi driver in It's a Wonderful Life (1946), as well as for his portrayal of long-suffering grocer Herbert T. Gillis on the 1950s television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 169

Birthday 1905-12-08

Day of Death 1985-08-02

Place of Birth St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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Also Known As

  • Francis Charles Ruf
  • Frank Ruf

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 Quincy, M.E. (1 episode)
1968 Funny Girl as Keeney
1966 That Girl (2 episodes)
1965 My Mother the Car (2 episodes)
1965 The Monkey's Uncle as Mr. Dearborne
1965 Fluffy as Catfish
1963 The Great Adventure (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies (1 episode)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (147 episodes) as Herbert T. Gillis (16 episodes)
1958 Man with a Camera (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Dino as Frank Mandel
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as Sheriff Cotton Wilson
1956 Everything But the Truth as 'Mac' McMillan
1956 Three Brave Men as Enos Warren
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 Away All Boats as Chief Phillip P. 'Pappy' Moran
1956 Terror at Midnight as Fred Hill
1956 Telephone Time (1 episode)
1956 7th Cavalry as Sgt. Kruger
1955 The McConnell Story as Sfc. Sykes
1955 The Looters as Stan Leppich
1954 The Lone Gun as Fairweather
1954 Riot in Cell Block 11 as Commissioner Haskell
1954 Red Garters as Billy Buckett
1953 99 River Street as Stan Hogan
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 Hangman's Knot as Cass Browne
1952 The Lusty Men as Al Dawson
1952 The Sniper as Police Insp. Anderson
1951 My Favorite Spy as Newton
1951 Detective Story as Det. Gallagher
1951 Passage West as Curly
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1951 Fourteen Hours as Walter, room service waiter
1950 Copper Canyon as Mullins
1950 The Eagle and the Hawk as Red' Hyatt - Danzeeger's Foreman
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Convicted as Convict Ponti
1950 The Nevadan as Jeff
1950 Francis as Sgt. Chillingbacker
1948 Whispering Smith as Whitey Du Sang
1948 Blood on the Moon as Jake Pindalest
1948 Race Street as Phil Dickson
1948 Hazard as Oscar
1947 Road to Rio as Trigger
1947 Variety Girl as Himself
1947 The Perils of Pauline as Mr. Joe Gurt
1947 The Trouble with Women as Geeger
1947 Welcome Stranger as Bill Walters
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Boss
1947 California as Whitey
1947 Suddenly It's Spring as Harold Michaels
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Ernie Bishop
1946 Cross My Heart as Fingerprint Expert
1946 Two Years Before the Mast as Hansen
1946 Blue Skies as Mack
1946 Our Hearts Were Growing Up as Federal Agent
1946 The Well Groomed Bride as Cabbie
1946 The Blue Dahlia as Man Recommending Motel
1946 To Each His Own as Babe
1945 Masquerade in Mexico as Brooklyn
1945 The Lost Weekend as 'Bim' Nolan
1945 Bring on the Girls as Sailor
1945 The Affairs of Susan as Brooklyn Boy
1945 Bombalera as Houlihan
1944 The Canterville Ghost as Lieutenant John Kane
1944 Address Unknown as Jimmie Blake
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble as Taxi Driver #2 (uncredited)
1944 And the Angels Sing as Holman
1944 A Guy Named Joe as Major
1944 Standing Room Only as Cabbie
1943 The Gang's All Here as Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
1943 The Mystery of the 13th Guest as Speed Dugan
1943 Corvette K-225 as Shipyard Painter (uncredited)
1943 Nazty Nuisance as Seaman Benson
1943 Young Ideas as Reporter (uncredited)
1943 Yanks Ahoy as Quartermaster Jenkins
1943 Get Going as Hank
1943 Mission to Moscow as Reporter
1943 Prairie Chickens as Clem
1943 The Falcon Strikes Back as Cecil, a Hobo
1943 Good Morning, Judge as Ben Pollard
1943 Taxi, Mister as Henchman Silk
1943 Slightly Dangerous as Gateman (uncredited)
1943 Dixie Dugan as Soldier (uncredited)
1943 Silver Skates as Eddie
1942 Fall In as Capt. Gillis
1942 The Palm Beach Story as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
1942 Across the Pacific as Sidewalk Toy Vendor (uncredited)
1942 Somewhere I'll Find You as Soldier Driving Jeep
1942 A-Haunting We Will Go as Train Detective (uncredited)
1942 The Pride of the Yankees as Yankee Third Base Coach (uncredited)
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy as Sergeant on Parade
1942 Tough as They Come as Collector
1942 Maisie Gets Her Man as Stage Manager
1942 Whispering Ghosts as Curly
1942 About Face as Bartender Jerry
1942 Mokey as Police Desk Sergeant
1942 Star Spangled Rhythm as Soldier - 'That Old Black Magic' Number (uncredited)
1941 H.M. Pulham, Esq. as Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
1941 Steel Against the Sky as Egg Man in Diner (uncredited)
1941 Top Sergeant Mulligan as Pat Dolan
1941 Let's Go Collegiate as Speed Dorman
1941 Tanks a Million as Pvt. Skivic
1941 Blossoms in the Dust as Man with Man Carrying Dead Child
1941 Father Steps Out as Tall Hobo 'King', aka The King of Siam
1941 Sergeant York as But! Boy (uncredited)
1941 The Reluctant Dragon as Frank, Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
1941 Thieves Fall Out as Pick
1941 Model Wife as Master of Ceremonies
1941 Come Live with Me as Waiter
1940 East of the River as Tour Guide
1940 Just a Cute Kid as Benny
1940 City for Conquest as Band Conductor and Emcee (uncredited)
1940 No Time for Comedy as Cab Driver
1940 They Drive by Night as Driver in Cafe
1940 Pop Always Pays as Minerva Auto Loan Cashier
1940 Brother Orchid as Parkway Biltmore Desk Clerk
1940 La Conga Nights as Jeepers Peepers
1940 Saturday's Children as Cab Driver
1940 Edison, the Man as Galbreath
1940 Curtain Call as Spike Malone
1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Tim
1940 Alice in Movieland as Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
1940 Castle on the Hudson as Guard Who is Slugged
1940 The Fighting 69th as Engineer Sergeant at Cave-In (uncredited)
1940 Married and in Love as Jim Carter, Man in Bar
1939 Invisible Stripes as Steve - Henchman on Bank Job
1939 Gone with the Wind as Soldier Aiding Dr. Meade (uncredited)
1939 Nick Carter, Master Detective as Pete Foley - 1st pilot
1939 Reno as J. Hezmer Briggs
1939 No Place to Go as Pete Shaffer
1939 Slapsie Maxie's as Tiger Dorsey
1939 Thunder Afloat as Recruiting officer
1939 Waterfront as Skids Riley
1939 Five Came Back as Photographer (uncredited)
1939 It's a Wonderful World as Peters - Stagehand (uncredited)
1939 Lucky Night as Play Palace Announcer
1939 Women in the Wind as Chuck - the Mechanic (uncredited)
1939 The Flying Irishman as New York Mechanic
1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle as Adjutant (uncredited)
1939 You Can't Get Away with Murder as Boat Tour Guide (uncredited)
1939 Idiot's Delight as Ed
1939 Crime Rave
1938 Too Hot to Handle as Assistant Dubber (uncredited)
1938 No Time To Marry as Waxler
1938 The Invisible Menace as Private of the Guard
1937 They Won't Forget as Reporter
1937 Back in Circulation as James Maxwell - a Reporter (uncredited)
1937 Wine, Women and Horses as Horse Buyer
1937 Dance Charlie Dance as Ted Parks
1937 Ever Since Eve as Bandit Leader at Monteray Tavern
1937 The Case of the Stuttering Bishop as Charlie Downs
1937 Kid Galahad as Barney
1937 The Go-Getter as Country club man #2 (uncredited)
1937 The Cherokee Strip as Joe Brady
1937 Marked Woman as 2nd Cabbie (uncredited)
1937 Midnight Court as Reporter
1937 Smart Blonde as Ambulance Driver (uncredited)
1936 King of Hockey as Swede
1936 Night Waitress as Policeman at Torre's
1936 All American Chump as Reporter (uncredited)
1936 Bullets or Ballots as Pinball Racketeer Gatley (uncredited)
1936 Border Flight as Jimmie
1936 Road Gang as Radio Dispatcher
1935 Double Exposure as Press Photographer (uncredited)

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