Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1915-09-08

Day of Death 2012-06-08

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1990 Return to Green Acres as Sam Drucker
1977 ABC Weekend Special(4 episodes)
1976 Family Feud(1 episode)
1975 Hearts of the West as Pa Tater
1974 These Are the Days(16 episodes)
1974 Zandy's Bride as Pa Allan
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1965 Green Acres(171 episodes)
1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao as Mayor James Sargent
1963 The Great Adventure(1 episode)
1963 Glynis(1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction(11 episodes)
1963 Grindl(1 episode)
1962 The Beverly Hillbillies(10 episodes)
1962 The Virginian(1 episode)
1961 Hazel(1 episode)
1960 Klondike(1 episode)
1960 The Andy Griffith Show(2 episodes)
1960 Guestward, Ho!(1 episode)
1960 Pete and Gladys(1 episode)
1959 Hawaiian Eye(1 episode)
1959 Dennis, The Menace(1 episode)
1959 The Alaskans(1 episode)
1959 The Man Who Understood Women as John Milstead
1959 The Deputy(1 episode)
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 The Girl Most Likely as Pop
1958 The Missouri Traveler as Willie Poole
1957 The Tin Star as Abe Pickett
1957 Trackdown(1 episode)
1957 Maverick(1 episode)
1957 Perry Mason(1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot(1 episode)
1956 The Bad Seed as Henry Daigle
1955 The Indian Fighter as Trader Joe
1955 Cheyenne(1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 The Jane Wyman Show(1 episode)
1954 December Bride(2 episodes)
1954 Rear Window as Man on Fire Escape
1953 Half a Hero as Mr. Watts
1953 You Are There(1 episode)
1953 Private Secretary(1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1952 The Sellout as Bennie Amboy
1952 The Atomic City as F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg
1951 Let's Make It Legal as Ferguson
1951 When Worlds Collide as Harold Ferris
1951 Ace in the Hole as Mr. Federber
1951 Dear Brat as Parole Officer Creavy
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone as Harry (uncredited)
1950 Experiment Alcatraz as Max Henry
1950 Dial 1119 as Fred Backett, Man on Street (uncredited)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1950 The Great Rupert as Mr. Taney - Tax Investigator
1949 It's a Great Feeling as Oculist (uncredited)
1949 Flamingo Road as Tom Hill (uncredited)
1948 He Walked by Night as Pete Hammond
1948 Bungalow 13 as Gus Barton
1948 The Checkered Coat as Skinner
1947 Sarge Goes to College as Prof. Edwards
1945 Front Row Center(1 episode)

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