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Francis Healey Albertson (February 2, 1909 – February 29, 1964) was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age thirteen. He had supporting roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Psycho (1960). Albertson made well over 100 appearances (1923–1964) in movies and television. In his early career he often sang and danced in such films as Just Imagine (1930) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931). He was featured in Alice Adams (1935) as the title character's brother, and in Room Service (1938) he played opposite the Marx Brothers. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II. As he aged he moved from featured roles to supporting and character parts—in his later career he can be seen as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of the CBS western television series My Friend Flicka. He guest starred in the early NBC western series The Californians and twice in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

He was cast in 1959 and 1962 in different roles on Walter Brennan's sitcom The Real McCoys. In 1960, he appeared as General Devery in the episode "Strange Encounter" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45.

In 1960, he played the wealthy rancher Tom Cassidy at the beginning of Psycho (1960) who provides the $40,000 in cash that Janet Leigh's character later steals. In the 1960-61 television season, he played the character Mr. Cooper in five episodes of the CBS sitcom Bringing Up Buddy, starring Frank Aletter. In 1964, Albertson was cast as Jim O'Neal in the episode "The Death of a Teacher" of the NBC education drama Mr. Novak. One of his final screen appearances was as "Sam," the bewildered mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio, in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie.

His last appearance was on The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played a Marine commander completing an inspection. The episode aired on May 19, 1964, three months after Albertson died.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Francis Healey Albertson (February 2, 1909 – February 29, 1964) was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age thirteen. He had supporting roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Psycho (1960). Albertson made well over 100 appearances (1923–1964) in movies and television. In his early career he often sang and danced in such films as Just Imagine (1930) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931). He was featured in Alice Adams (1935) as the title character's brother, and in Room Service (1938) he played opposite the Marx Brothers. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II. As he aged he moved from featured roles to supporting and character parts—in his later career he can be seen as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of the CBS western television series My Friend Flicka. He guest starred in the early NBC western series The Californians and twice in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

He was cast in 1959 and 1962 in different roles on Walter Brennan's sitcom The Real McCoys. In 1960, he appeared as General Devery in the episode "Strange Encounter" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45.

In 1960, he played the wealthy rancher Tom Cassidy at the beginning of Psycho (1960) who provides the $40,000 in cash that Janet Leigh's character later steals. In the 1960-61 television season, he played the character Mr. Cooper in five episodes of the CBS sitcom Bringing Up Buddy, starring Frank Aletter. In 1964, Albertson was cast as Jim O'Neal in the episode "The Death of a Teacher" of the NBC education drama Mr. Novak. One of his final screen appearances was as "Sam," the bewildered mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio, in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie.

His last appearance was on The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played a Marine commander completing an inspection. The episode aired on May 19, 1964, three months after Albertson died.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 132

Birthday 1909-02-02

Day of Death 1964-02-29

Place of Birth Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA

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Also Known As

  • Francis Healey Albertson
  • Frankie

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1965 The F.B.I. (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1963 Johnny Cool as Bill Blakely
1963 Mr. Novak (1 episode)
1963 Bye Bye Birdie as Mayor
1962 Going My Way (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1962 Don't Knock the Twist as Herbert Walcott
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 Man-Trap as Paul Snavely
1961 Tallahassee 7000 (1 episode)
1960 Bringing Up Buddy (3 episodes)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show (1 episode) as Colonel Watson
1960 Michael Shayne (1 episode)
1960 The Tom Ewell Show (1 episode)
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1960 Thriller (1 episode)
1960 Psycho as Tom Cassidy
1960 Johnny Midnight (1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1958 The Last Hurrah as Jack Mangan
1958 Lawman (1 episode)
1958 Bronco (2 episodes)
1958 Peter Gunn (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (2 episodes)
1957 The Enemy Below as Lt. J.G. Crain
1957 Leave It to Beaver (1 episode)
1957 The Real McCoys (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 M Squad (1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot (4 episodes)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (2 episodes)
1957 Official Detective (1 episode)
1956 Nightfall as Dr. Edward Gurston
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 State Trooper (1 episode)
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much as Worker at the Taxidermist's (uncredited)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (3 episodes)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Millionaire (1 episode)
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1953 Girl on the Run as Hank
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow (2 episodes)
1950 The Billy Rose Show (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1948 Studio One (1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (2 episodes)
1948 Shed No Tears as Hutton - Police Detective
1947 The Hucksters as Max Herman
1947 Killer Dill as William T. Allen
1946 It's a Wonderful Life as Sam Wainwright
1946 They Made Me a Killer as Patrolman Al Wilson
1946 Gay Blades as Frankie Dowell
1945 How DOooo You Do as Tom Brandon
1945 Arson Squad as Tom Mitchell
1945 I Love a Soldier as Little Soldier
1944 And the Angels Sing as Oliver
1944 Rosie the Riveter as Charlie Doran
1944 Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane as Major
1943 O, My Darling Clementine as 'Dapper' Dan Franklin
1943 Mystery Broadcast as Michael Jerome
1943 Here Comes Elmer as Joe Maxwell
1943 Keep 'em Slugging as Frank
1943 Silent Witness as Bruce L. Strong - Attorney
1942 Underground Agent as Johnny Davis
1942 City of Silent Men as Gil Davis
1942 Junior G-Men of the Air as Jerry Markham
1942 Shepherd of the Ozarks as Lieutenant James J. 'Jimmy' Maloney, Jr.
1942 Man From Headquarters as Larry Doyle
1941 Burma Convoy as Mike Weldon
1941 Citadel of Crime as Jim Rogers
1941 Father Steps Out as Jimmy Dugan
1941 Man Made Monster as Mark Adams
1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery as Sanders
1940 Behind the News as Jeff Flavin
1940 When the Daltons Rode as Emmett Dalton
1940 Dr. Christian Meets the Women as Bill Ferris
1940 Framed as Henry T. 'Hank' Parker
1939 Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga as Himself
1939 Bachelor Mother as Freddie Miller
1938 The Shining Hour as Benny Collins
1938 Spring Madness as Hat
1938 Room Service as Leo Davis
1938 Fugitives for a Night as Matt Ryan
1938 Mother Carey's Chickens as Tom Hamilton Jr.
1938 The Magician's Daughter as Bob Wilson
1938 Hold That Kiss as Steve Evans
1937 Navy Blue and Gold as Weeks
1936 Fury as Charlie Wilson
1936 The Farmer in the Dell as Davy Davenport
1935 Ah, Wilderness! as Arthur Miller
1935 Kind Lady as Peter Santard
1935 Personal Maid's Secret as Kent Fletcher
1935 Waterfront Lady as Ronny Hillyer aka Bill
1935 Alice Adams as Walter Adams
1935 Doubting Thomas as Jimmy Brown
1935 Enter Madame as John Fitzgerald
1934 Tripping Through the Tropics as Jack
1934 Hollywood Hoodlum as Daniel Patrick Ryan
1934 The Life of Vergie Winters as Ranny Truesdale
1934 The Last Gentleman as Allan Blaine, Augusta's adopted son
1934 Love Detectives as Bob
1933 King for a Night as Dick Morris
1933 Rainbow Over Broadway as Don Hayes
1933 Ever in My Heart as Sam Archer
1933 Midshipman Jack as Russell H. Burns
1933 Ann Carver's Profession as Jim Thompson
1932 The Lost Special as Tom Hood
1932 Boys Will Be Boys
1932 Huddle as Larry
1932 Racing Youth as Teddy Blue
1931 Way Back Home as David Clark
1931 The Brat as Stephen Forester
1931 Traveling Husbands as Barry Greene
1931 Big Business Girl as Johnny Saunders
1931 A Connecticut Yankee as Emile le Poulet / Clarence
1930 Just Imagine as RT-42
1930 Wild Company as Larry Grayson
1930 So This Is London as Junior Draper
1930 Born Reckless as Frank Sheldon
1930 Spring Is Here as Stacy Adams
1930 Son of the Gods as Kicker
1930 Men Without Women as Ensign Price
1929 Happy Days as Frankie Albertson
1929 Salute as Midshipman Albert Edward Price
1929 Words and Music as Skeet Mulroy
1929 Blue Skies as Richard Lewis (episode 2)
1923 The Covered Wagon as Bit (uncredited)

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