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Frank Cady

Frank CadyBorn: 8-Sep-1915
Birthplace: Susanville, CA
Died: 8-Jun-2012
Location of death: Wilsonville, OR
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Sam Drucker on Green Acres

Military service: US Army Air Corps (1943-46)

Frank Cady appeared in high school plays and studied drama at college, putting himself through school by working as an errand boy and reporter at his home town's newspaper, The Lassen County Advocate, in Susanville, California. After graduating, he worked on the London stage, and in 1938 he appeared in one of the earliest BBC productions of Shakespeare for television. He was already bald when he appeared in his first film, 1947's Violence, a low-budget no-star thriller. In his many films, Cady never played the lead, and he was usually far down in the credits. In Hitchcock's classic Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart, Cady played a neighbor on the fire escape. Through the 1950s he often worked on radio dramas, mostly performing his artificial hick accent for westerns like Gunsmoke, Fort Laramie, and Have Gun Will Travel. For ten of the fourteen years of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, he played the neighbor, Doc Williams. Cady also appeared with Ozzie & Harriet in a long-running commercial for Coca-Cola, wherein a steak cook-out goes awry.

Cady was best known as Sam Drucker on the 1960s sitcoms Petticoat Junction and Green Acres, and appeared as Drucker a handful of times on The Beverly Hillbillies, all set in the same fictional universe. Drucker was the small-town grocer, postmaster, and publisher of the local paper, the Hooterville World Guardian. Local characters literally gathered at his store's pickle barrel, and as the postman he provided the only clue to the town's location, when he once mentioned that Hooterville's zip code was 40516, which would put it in Kentucky. After spending most of the 1960s dispensing folksy wisdom, Cady and his castmates were thrown out of work when, despite high ratings, TV magnate Fred Silverman cancelled all of CBS' "rural shows" in 1971. After that, Cady was offered almost nothing but "shopkeeper" roles, most of which he declined. In the late 1970s he spent four years as pitchman for Ralston Purina dog food. When that contract ended he retired to Oregon, where he died in 2012.

Wife: Shirley Jones (m. 1940, d. 22-Aug-2008, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Catherine Turk
Son: Steven

    High School: Lassen High School, Susanville, CA (1934)
    University: BA Speech and Drama, Stanford University (1938)
    Teacher: Stanford University (1941-42)

    Endorsement of Ralston Purina
    Endorsement of Coca Cola

    TELEVISION
    The Beverly Hillbillies Sam Drucker (1968-70)
    Green Acres Sam Drucker (1965-71)
    Petticoat Junction Sam Drucker (1963-70)
    The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Doc Williams (1954-65)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Return to Green Acres (18-May-1990) · Sam Drucker
    Hearts of the West (4-Oct-1975) · Pa Tater
    Zandy's Bride (19-May-1974) · Pa Allan
    $1,000,000 Duck (1-Sep-1971)
    7 Faces of Dr. Lao (18-Mar-1964) · Mayor James Sargent
    The Man Who Understood Women (2-Oct-1959)
    The Missouri Traveler (21-Jan-1958)
    The Girl Most Likely (17-Dec-1957) · Pop
    The Bad Seed (12-Sep-1956) · Henry Daigle
    The Indian Fighter (21-Dec-1955)
    Rear Window (1-Aug-1954) · Man on Fire Escape
    Half a Hero (4-Sep-1953)
    The Sellout (30-May-1952) · Bennie Amboy
    Atomic City (1-May-1952)
    Let's Make It Legal (31-Oct-1951) · Ferguson
    When Worlds Collide (Aug-1951) · Harold Ferris
    Ace in the Hole (15-Jun-1951) · Mr. Federber
    Dear Brat (30-May-1951) · Mr. Creavy
    Experiment Alcatraz (21-Nov-1950)
    The Great Rupert (8-Jan-1950) · Tax Investigator
    The Checkered Coat (16-Jul-1948)


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