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Frank Orth (February 21, 1880 – March 17, 1962) was an American actor born in Philadelphia. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie.

By 1897, Orth was performing in vaudeville with his wife, Ann Codee, in an act called "Codee and Orth". In 1909, he expanded into song writing, with songs such as "The Phone Bell Rang" and "Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie".

His first contact with motion pictures was in 1928, when he was part of the first foreign-language shorts in sound produced by Warner Bros. He and his wife also appeared together in a series of two-reel comedies in the early 1930s. Orth's first major screen credit was in Prairie Thunder, a Dick Foran western, in 1937. From then on, he was often cast as bartenders, pharmacists, and grocery clerks, and always distinctly Irish.

He had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series of films and also in the Nancy Drew series as the befuddled Officer Tweedy. Among his better roles were the newspaper man Cary Grant telephones early in His Girl Friday, one of the quartet singing "Gary Owen" in They Died with Their Boots On (thereby giving Errol Flynn as Gen. Custer the idea of associating the tune with the 7th Cavalry), and as the little man carrying the sign reading "The End Is Near" throughout Colonel Effingham's Raid. However, Orth is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie. A short, plump, round-faced man, often smoking a cigar, Orth as Faraday wore his own dark-rimmed spectacles, though rarely in feature films.

In 1959, Orth retired from show business after throat surgery. His wife died in 1961 after around fifty years of marriage.

Orth died on March 17, 1962. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frank Orth (February 21, 1880 – March 17, 1962) was an American actor born in Philadelphia. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie.

By 1897, Orth was performing in vaudeville with his wife, Ann Codee, in an act called "Codee and Orth". In 1909, he expanded into song writing, with songs such as "The Phone Bell Rang" and "Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie".

His first contact with motion pictures was in 1928, when he was part of the first foreign-language shorts in sound produced by Warner Bros. He and his wife also appeared together in a series of two-reel comedies in the early 1930s. Orth's first major screen credit was in Prairie Thunder, a Dick Foran western, in 1937. From then on, he was often cast as bartenders, pharmacists, and grocery clerks, and always distinctly Irish.

He had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series of films and also in the Nancy Drew series as the befuddled Officer Tweedy. Among his better roles were the newspaper man Cary Grant telephones early in His Girl Friday, one of the quartet singing "Gary Owen" in They Died with Their Boots On (thereby giving Errol Flynn as Gen. Custer the idea of associating the tune with the 7th Cavalry), and as the little man carrying the sign reading "The End Is Near" throughout Colonel Effingham's Raid. However, Orth is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie. A short, plump, round-faced man, often smoking a cigar, Orth as Faraday wore his own dark-rimmed spectacles, though rarely in feature films.

In 1959, Orth retired from show business after throat surgery. His wife died in 1961 after around fifty years of marriage.

Orth died on March 17, 1962. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 96

Birthday 1880-02-21

Day of Death 1962-03-17

Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Also Known As

  • Frank Kaiser Orth

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1953 Here Come the Girls as Mr. Hungerford
1953 Houdini as Mr. Hunter
1952 Something to Live For as Waiter
1951 The Adventures of Boston Blackie (58 episodes)
1950 The Petty Girl as Moody (process server)
1950 Father of the Bride as Joe
1950 The Great Rupert as Mr. Frank Dingle
1949 Bride for Sale as Police Sergeant
1949 Red Light as Wallace 'Wally' Stoner
1948 Blondie's Secret as Mr. Philpotts
1948 The Big Clock as Burt
1947 It Had to Be You as Train Conductor Brown
1947 The Gas House Kids in Hollywood as Police Captain
1947 Heartaches as Mike Connelly, Vic's Agent
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames as Danny
1947 Born to Speed as Breezy Bradley
1946 Wake Up and Dream as Milkman
1946 The Strange Love of Martha Ivers as Hotel Clerk
1946 The Bride Wore Boots as Judge
1946 Murder in the Music Hall as Henderson, the Stage Manager
1946 The Hoodlum Saint as Chronicle Editor (uncredited)
1945 Doll Face as Peters
1945 The Lost Weekend as Opera Cloak Room Attendant
1945 She Went to the Races as Skelly
1945 Tell It to a Star as Augustus T. Goodman
1945 Pillow to Post as Clayfield Taxi Driver
1944 The Impatient Years as Counterman
1943 Coney Island as Bartender
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident as Larry Kinkaid (uncredited)
1942 Orchestra Wives as Rex Willet
1942 Footlight Serenade as Mike the stage doorman
1942 Henry and Dizzy as Joe McGuire
1942 My Gal Sal as McGuiness
1942 Roxie Hart as Bar Patron
1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory as Mike Ryan
1942 Over My Dead Body as Detective
1942 Blue, White, and Perfect as Mr. Toby
1941 They Died with Their Boots On as Barfly
1941 I Wake Up Screaming as Cemetery Caretaker
1941 Sergeant York as Drummer (uncredited)
1941 Ride on Vaquero as Auctioneer
1941 Come Live with Me as Jerry
1941 Respect the Law as Peter Brennan
1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective as Steve
1940 You, the People as Soda Jerk
1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis as Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner
1940 Father Is A Prince as Drugstore Proprieter
1940 Gallant Sons as Newspaper Foreman
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Window Washer
1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home as Mike Ryan
1940 Boom Town as Barber
1940 Pier 13 as Dead Pan Charlie
1940 Buyer Beware as Smith (uncredited)
1940 Brother Orchid as Waiter at Fat Dutchy's
1940 Florian as Detective
1940 La Conga Nights as Dennis O'Brien
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife as New York Editor
1940 'Til We Meet Again as Hong Kong Bartender
1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case as Mike Ryan, Sullivan's Hospital Cafe
1940 Know Your Money as Tobacconist (uncredited)
1940 His Girl Friday as Duffy
1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare as Mike Sullivan
1939 At the Circus as Chef in Diner (uncredited)
1939 Fast and Furious as Joe Burke
1939 Dust Be My Destiny as Wedding Witness on Stage
1939 Thunder Afloat as Old Sailor in Bilge Area
1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase as Captain Tweedy
1939 Stanley and Livingstone as Newspaperman with Pills
1939 Tell No Tales as Vic - Bartender
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln as Loafer
1939 Calling Dr. Kildare as Mike Sullivan - Hospital Cafe Owner
1939 Broadway Serenade as Mr. Fellows
1939 Within the Law as Jim Jenks
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter as Captain Tweedy (uncredited)
1939 Fast and Loose as Detective Hendricks
1939 Idiot's Delight as Benny Zinsser
1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor as Tim McKelvy
1938 Nancy Drew: Detective as Captain Tweedy
1938 Young Dr. Kildare as Mike Ryan
1938 Mr. Chump as Sheriff Frank Hinton
1938 Think It Over as Brown, Clothing Store Owner
1938 Torchy Blane in Panama as First Leopard
1938 The Patient in Room 18 as Joe Higgins - Night Watchman
1937 The Footloose Heiress as Justice Abner Cuttler
1937 Prairie Thunder as Wichita
1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion as Judge Barko
1937 Talent Scout as Burlesque Theatre Manager
1937 Ever Since Eve as Cocktail Waiter
1937 Marry the Girl as Bar owner
1937 Land Beyond the Law as Shorty Long
1936 Polo Joe as Bert
1936 Hot Money as Hank Ford
1936 Two Against the World as Tommy - Bartender
1935 The Payoff as Porter
1929 A Bird in the Hand

Sound

1944 The Mummy's Curse Songs

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