Frank Cady was a popular television supporting co-star, who got his start in cinema. He had parts in some of the best films during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Cady’s first flick was Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. His career continued after World War II, and his breakthrough role was opposite Edmond O’Brien in D.O.A., a film noir classic. He also appeared in Flamingo Road, The Asphalt Jungle, Father of the Bride, Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole, Rear Window, When Worlds Collide, The Bad Seed, and The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao. FRANK CADY
The small screen was Cady’s calling card. On television in the 1950s, he had guest shots on December Bride, The Gale Storm Show, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, and Make Room for Daddy. The next decade, he was cast in Wagon Train, The Untouchables, The Virginian, Rawhide, Cheyenne, Perry Mason, Hazel, Dennis the Menace, The Andy Griffith Show, and Gunsmoke. He finished up on Hawaii Five-O, Eight is Enough, and After M.A.S.H.
But, Frank Cady will always be remembered for The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet; and as Sam Drucker in The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. Cady was the singular actor in television history to play a same character on three sitcoms at the precise moment. He reprised playing Sam Drucker in 1990 on a Green Acres reunion special. He retired the following year. By all accounts, his peers considered him a complete joy to work with.
Frank Cady was 96.
Until next time. “never forget”