Steve Franken

Steve Franken

Highest Rated: 92% The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Omega Code (1999)

Birthday: May 27, 1932

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor Steve Franken was the son of a Hollywood press agent, thus he grew up discoursing in the highly stylized trade-magazine lingo that every show-business functionary was required to learn in the '40s and '50s. Sustaining himself as a stage actor in 1960, Franken was appearing in a Los Angeles production of Say Darling when he was spotted by Rod Amateau, producer-director of the TV sitcom Dobie Gillis. Amateau was looking for someone to play the insufferable rich-boy nemesis of Dobie, a role recently vacated by Warren Beatty. Thus Franken's first assignment on a Hollywood soundstage was in the role of Chatsworth Osborne Jr., snotty young millionaire overachiever (the character had been called "Milton Armitage" when Beatty played it). The character's trademark was a pained look of condescension, which Franken attributed to an ulcer that he'd suffered since the age of 14, when his mother died. Not really a regular on Dobie Gillis, Franken found himself at the unemployment office between his "Chatsworth" stints, and understandably grew to resent the character he played so well. When he did receive an outside job, it was generally as a Chatsworth type, so when Dobie Gillis ended its run in 1963, Franken sought out as many villainous roles as possible--after another "rich buddy" stint on the short-lived series Tom, Dick and Mary. Some of the actor's best work can be caught in reruns of such '60s TV series as Perry Mason and The Wild Wild West. Still, Franken didn't work as often as he should, and it was his contention that Dobie Gillis had all but ruined his career. Steve Franken persevered into the '70s and '80s, notably as an actor/director on the popular religious TV anthology Insight, with frequent appearances on the Jerry Lewis Telethons and in occasional character roles in such films as Westworld (1973).

Highest Rated Movies



36% Angels & Demons Cardinal Colbert $133.4M 2009
No Score Yet Serum Screenwriter Director 2006
No Score Yet Dead Sexy Medical Examiner 2001
No Score Yet Rangers Baker 2000
83% Nurse Betty Administrator 2000
No Score Yet Dish Dogs Pastor 2000
No Score Yet Agent Red Gen. Socka 2000
8% The Omega Code Jeffries 1999
No Score Yet Avalanche Henry McDade 1999
No Score Yet Restraining Order Jerry 1999
No Score Yet Breakfast of Aliens Fred 1993
No Score Yet Never Forget Dan Greenspan 1991
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist Hans Hupp 1989
No Score Yet Freeway Lawyer 1988
48% Can't Buy Me Love Moda Clerk 1987
No Score Yet High School U.S.A. Dr. Fritz Hauptmann 1983
29% Curse of the Pink Panther Drunk 1983
10% Hardly Working Steve Torres 1981
17% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Pete Williams 1980
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride Church Organist 1980
78% The North Avenue Irregulars Tom 1979
No Score Yet Terror Out of the Sky (The Revenge of the Savage Bees) Gladstone 1978
No Score Yet Zuma Beach Rick 1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor White 1977
No Score Yet Ants Actor 1977
No Score Yet Man from Atlantis Actor 1977
81% The Missouri Breaks Lonesome Kid 1976
40% The Reincarnation of Peter Proud Dr. Charles Crennis 1975
87% Westworld Technician 1973
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front? Bland 1970
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket Zimmerman 1969
82% The Party Levinson 1968
No Score Yet Panic in the City Hal Johnson 1968
No Score Yet Follow Me, Boys! P.O.W. Lieutenant 1966
No Score Yet The Time Travelers (Depths of the Unknown) Danny McKee 1964
92% The Americanization of Emily Young Sailor 1964
No Score Yet Cop Hater Teen in Line-up 1958


No Score Yet The King of Queens
Vasili 2005
No Score Yet Static Shock
Voice 2000
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
College Roommate 1998
88% Seinfeld
Brendan 1998
No Score Yet ER
Hank Hank Travis 1995
No Score Yet Harry and the Hendersons
Psychiatrist 1992
No Score Yet Hunter
Larry 1989
No Score Yet Barney Miller
Novak 1981
No Score Yet CHiPs
Student 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
Arnie 1978
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Dr. Kitel 1978
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
Fred 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Jonas Lasser 1977
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
Dr. Weitzman 1971
No Score Yet Bewitched
Bruce Barkley Orvis Hawkins Juke George Barkley Henry 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Doctor 1970
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Akim Hadramut 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
Le Fou 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
George 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
Christopher Barton 1963


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