William Frawley

William Frawley

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1887-02-26
Deathday: 1966-03-03 (79 years old)

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Biography

William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910. Four years later he formed a light comedy act with his new wife Edna Louise Broedt, "Frawley and Louise", touring the Orpheum and Keith circuits until they divorced in 1927. He next moved to Broadway and then, in 1932, to Hollywood with Paramount. By 1951, when he contacted Lucille Ball about a part in her TV show I Love Lucy (1951), he had performed in over 100 films. His Fred Mertz role lasted until the show ended in 1960, after which he did a five-year stint on My Three Sons (1960). Poor health forced his retirement. He collapsed of a heart attack on March 3, 1966, aged 79, walking along Hollywood Boulevard after seeing a movie. He is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

Filmography

All 127

Movies 114

TV Shows 13

Self 5

I Love Lucy Christmas Special

I Love Lucy Christmas Special (2016)

Movie
Trainer
The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show (1962)

TV Show
Self
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

TV Show
6
Bill Turner
Safe at Home!

Safe at Home! (1962)

Movie
Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey / Bub
My Three Sons

My Three Sons (1960)

TV Show
6
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)

TV Show
Fred Mertz
The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour (1957)

TV Show
Actor
Lucy's Really Lost Moments

Lucy's Really Lost Moments (1956)

Movie
Actor
The Dirty Look

The Dirty Look (1954)

Movie
Sam
Letter to Loretta

Letter to Loretta (1953)

TV Show
Fred Mertz / Self
I Love Lucy: The Movie

I Love Lucy: The Movie (1953)

Movie
Self
This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life (1952)

TV Show
Baldy Gunder
Rancho Notorious

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Movie
Fred Mertz
I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy (1951)

TV Show
7.33
Len Sickles
Rhubarb

Rhubarb (1951)

Movie
Det. Roberts
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Movie
4
Gloomy Willie
The Lemon Drop Kid

The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)

Movie
Pinto
The Bigelow Theatre

The Bigelow Theatre (1950)

TV Show
Corcoran
Pretty Baby

Pretty Baby (1950)

Movie
Byers
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Movie
Jimmy O'Brien
Kill the Umpire

Kill the Umpire (1950)

Movie
Self
The Bob Hope Show

The Bob Hope Show (1950)

TV Show
Marty Greer
Blondie's Hero

Blondie's Hero (1950)

Movie
Bill the Bartender
East Side, West Side

East Side, West Side (1949)

Movie
6
Oliver Harker
The Lady Takes a Sailor

The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)

Movie
Self
The Ed Wynn Show

The Ed Wynn Show (1949)

TV Show
Pinto
The Silver Theatre

The Silver Theatre (1949)

TV Show
Hotel Night Clerk
Red Light

Red Light (1949)

Movie
Police Inspector J.D. Crane
The Lone Wolf and His Lady

The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949)

Movie
O'Fleery
Home in San Antone

Home in San Antone (1949)

Movie
George Kirby
Chicken Every Sunday

Chicken Every Sunday (1949)

Movie
Mr. Bernouti
The Girl from Manhattan

The Girl from Manhattan (1948)

Movie
Knobby Walsh
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All

Joe Palooka in Winner Take All (1948)

Movie
Jack Dunn
The Babe Ruth Story

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Movie
Tom
Good Sam

Good Sam (1948)

Movie
Agent
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven

Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (1948)

Movie
Self
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

TV Show
6
William Scanlon
My Wild Irish Rose

My Wild Irish Rose (1947)

Movie
Sharkey the Loen Shark
Blondie's Anniversary

Blondie's Anniversary (1947)

Movie
Jean La Salle
Monsieur Verdoux

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Movie
1
Police Lieutenant
Down to Earth

Down to Earth (1947)

Movie
Mr. Schneider
Mother Wore Tights

Mother Wore Tights (1947)

Movie
Jim Mason
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now

I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (1947)

Movie
Charlie Halloran
Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Movie
5.92
Inspector Harry B. Manning
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt

Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946)

Movie
Det. Lt. Webb
The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle (1946)

Movie
General Trent
Rendezvous with Annie

Rendezvous with Annie (1946)

Movie
Honey Wiggen
The Virginian

The Virginian (1946)

Movie
Mr. Martin (segment A Sweepstakes Ticket)
Ziegfeld Follies

Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Movie
Desk Sgt. Brennan
Lady on a Train

Lady on a Train (1945)

Movie
Sandy Hill
Hitchhike to Happiness

Hitchhike to Happiness (1945)

Movie
'Smooth' Wylie
Flame of Barbary Coast

Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Movie
Jiggers
Lake Placid Serenade

Lake Placid Serenade (1944)

Movie
Max Dolan (Publisher) (uncredited)
Going My Way

Going My Way (1944)

Movie
6
Eddie Powers
The Fighting Seabees

The Fighting Seabees (1944)

Movie
4
Detective Ramsey
Whistling in Brooklyn

Whistling in Brooklyn (1943)

Movie
Mike Simms
Larceny with Music

Larceny with Music (1943)

Movie
Traveling Salesman
We've Never Been Licked

We've Never Been Licked (1943)

Movie
Billy Delaney
Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim (1942)

Movie
Actor
The Yankee Doodler

The Yankee Doodler (1942)

Movie
Barney Crane
Moonlight in Havana

Moonlight in Havana (1942)

Movie
Oliver Westbrook
Wildcat

Wildcat (1942)

Movie
Harrison
Give Out, Sisters

Give Out, Sisters (1942)

Movie
Sam Sloan
It Happened in Flatbush

It Happened in Flatbush (1942)

Movie
O'Malley
Roxie Hart

Roxie Hart (1942)

Movie
'Hotfoot'
Treat 'Em Rough

Treat 'Em Rough (1942)

Movie
Bang
Gangs Of The City

Gangs Of The City (1941)

Movie
Waldo Pincus
Blondie in Society

Blondie in Society (1941)

Movie
Sheriff McGee
The Bride Came C.O.D.

The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)

Movie
James Mitchell
Cracked Nuts

Cracked Nuts (1941)

Movie
Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins
Footsteps in the Dark

Footsteps in the Dark (1941)

Movie
Chauncey Beheegan
Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga

Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga (1941)

Movie
Roscoe
One Night in the Tropics

One Night in the Tropics (1940)

Movie
Police Chief J. A. O'Hara
Sandy Gets Her Man

Sandy Gets Her Man (1940)

Movie
Mac
Dancing on a Dime

Dancing on a Dime (1940)

Movie
Coach
The Quarterback

The Quarterback (1940)

Movie
Mr. Westlake
Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River (1940)

Movie
Emory Balzar
Golden Gloves

Golden Gloves (1940)

Movie
Les Woodbury
Untamed

Untamed (1940)

Movie
Prisoner
Those Were the Days!

Those Were the Days! (1940)

Movie
Matt Kingsley
Opened by Mistake

Opened by Mistake (1940)

Movie
Scoop Trimble
The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter (1940)

Movie
Joe Haller
Stop, Look and Love

Stop, Look and Love (1939)

Movie
Bruiser Brown
Night Work

Night Work (1939)

Movie
Bright Eyes
Grand Jury Secrets

Grand Jury Secrets (1939)

Movie
Mushy Harrington
Ex-Champ

Ex-Champ (1939)

Movie
Harry Long
Rose of Washington Square

Rose of Washington Square (1939)

Movie
Alec Inglis
Persons in Hiding

Persons in Hiding (1939)

Movie
The 'Duke'
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)

Movie
Major Martingale
St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues (1939)

Movie
Inspector J.L. Weber
Ambush

Ambush (1939)

Movie
Uncle Willie Lee
Sons of the Legion

Sons of the Legion (1938)

Movie
Jack Heffernan
Touchdown, Army

Touchdown, Army (1938)

Movie
Snoop Donlan
Professor Beware

Professor Beware (1938)

Movie
Dusty Turner
Mad About Music

Mad About Music (1938)

Movie
Francis X. Rush
Blossoms On Broadway

Blossoms On Broadway (1937)

Movie
Hank Meyers
Something to Sing About

Something to Sing About (1937)

Movie
John Pederson
Double or Nothing

Double or Nothing (1937)

Movie
Mac
High, Wide and Handsome

High, Wide and Handsome (1937)

Movie
Soapy Moreland
Rose Bowl

Rose Bowl (1936)

Movie
Brighton
The General Died at Dawn

The General Died at Dawn (1936)

Movie
Bill Mullins
Three Married Men

Three Married Men (1936)

Movie
Benton
The Princess Comes Across

The Princess Comes Across (1936)

Movie
6
Detective Rogan
F-Man

F-Man (1936)

Movie
Mr. Gibson
Desire

Desire (1936)

Movie
Mr. Copple
Strike Me Pink

Strike Me Pink (1936)

Movie
Actor
Beautiful Dreamer

Beautiful Dreamer (1935)

Movie
Briney O'Brien
Ship Cafe

Ship Cafe (1935)

Movie
Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
Harmony Lane

Harmony Lane (1935)

Movie
Lt. McNulty
It's a Great Life

It's a Great Life (1935)

Movie
Painless
Welcome Home

Welcome Home (1935)

Movie
Chief of Police Magoun
College Scandal

College Scandal (1935)

Movie
Cap
Alibi Ike

Alibi Ike (1935)

Movie
Sunshine Joe
Hold 'Em Yale

Hold 'Em Yale (1935)

Movie
Bartender
Roberta

Roberta (1935)

Movie
6.83
Sgt. Barrel
Car 99

Car 99 (1935)

Movie
James Smith
Here Is My Heart

Here Is My Heart (1934)

Movie
William Dunhill
The Lemon Drop Kid

The Lemon Drop Kid (1934)

Movie
Larry Hale
Shoot the Works

Shoot the Works (1934)

Movie
Jury Foreman
The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour (1934)

Movie
Fraser
The Crime Doctor

The Crime Doctor (1934)

Movie
Mike DeBaere
Bolero

Bolero (1934)

Movie
Captain Murphy
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen

Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934)

Movie
Mac
Moonlight and Pretzels

Moonlight and Pretzels (1933)

Movie
'Hoak' salesman
Ventriloquist

Ventriloquist (1927)

Movie
Beat Cop
Should Husbands Be Watched?

Should Husbands Be Watched? (1925)

Movie
Kop
In the Clutches of the Gang

In the Clutches of the Gang (1914)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.46
Based on 210 Tausend movie and tv ratings over time
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Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1887-02-26

Deathday
1966-03-03 (79 years old)

Place of birth
Burlington, United States of America

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
Bill Frawley, William Clement Frawley

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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