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Steve Franken

Lowest Rated:   8% The Omega Code (1999)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
37% Angels & Demons
  • Cardinal Colbert
$133.4M 2009
No Score Yet Serum
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Dead Sexy
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Dead Sexy
  • Medical Examiner
2000
No Score Yet Rangers
  • Baker
2000
84% 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
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Pete Williams
1980
No Score Yet There Goes the Bride
  • Church Organist
1980
75% 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 Man from Atlantis
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Ants
  • Actor
1977
79% The Missouri Breaks
  • Lonesome Kid
1976
No Score Yet The Reincarnation of Peter Proud
  • Dr. Charles Crennis
1975
86% Westworld
  • Technician
1973
No Score Yet Which Way to the Front?
  • Bland
1970
No Score Yet Angel in My Pocket
  • Zimmerman
1969
79% 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
100% The Americanization of Emily
  • Young Sailor
1964
No Score Yet Cop Hater
  • Teen in Line-up
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Brendan
  • 1998
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Hank Hank Travis
  • 1995
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Student
  • 1978

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