Steve Franken

Steve Franken

Highest Rated: 93% The Americanization of Emily (1964)

Lowest Rated: 10% Hardly Working (1981)

Birthday: May 27, 1932

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Though actor Steve Franken groused about being typecast for his best-known role as the arrogant millionaire foil to the teen lead in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," he managed to find plenty of other roles in a career spanning over 50 years. Born in Brooklyn, the son of a Hollywood press agent, he acted for the stage before making the move to the big and small screens in minor feature parts and an episode of the anthology series "Playhouse 90." Spotted in a play by producer-director Rod Amateau, he was soon cast as Chatsworth Osborne Jr., the entertainingly irritating rich friend in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," a character so popular and commanding that he was limited to occasional episodes in order to avoid overpowering the lead. The infrequent work left Franken struggling to land roles of a different stripe, but falling into a similar part in the single season of "Tom, Dick and Mary." He persisted in his search and played a vast number of guest spots on shows of the '60s through the '80s in such varied series as "Mission: Impossible," "Mary Tyler Moore," and "Bewitched." On the big screen, he filled smaller supporting parts in such memorable films as the Peter Sellers comedy "The Party," the science fiction classic "Westworld," and the religious thriller sequel "Angels & Demons."

Highest rated movies

The Americanization of Emily
Westworld The Party
The Missouri Breaks
The North Avenue Irregulars
The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
Hardly Working

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet After the Rain Doctor (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 26% Agent Red General Socka (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 25% Breakfast of Aliens Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 48% Transylvania Twist Hans Hoff (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 18% Freeway Lawyer (Character) $106.0K 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (Character) - 1988
10% 26% Hardly Working Steve Torres (Character) - 1981
17% 45% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Peter Williams (Character) - 1980
78% 79% The North Avenue Irregulars Tom (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Avalanche Henry McDade (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 38% Zuma Beach Rick (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 14% Terror Out of the Sky Paul Gladstone (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Atlantis Doctor (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 17% Ants! White (Character) - 1977
81% 59% The Missouri Breaks The Lonesome Kid (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 47% Kiss Me... Kill Me Murry Tesko (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 33% Murder on Flight 502 Donald Goldman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Survivors Don West (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston, We've Got a Problem Shimon Levin (Character) - 1974
85% 70% Westworld Technician in desert (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 25% The Voyage of the Yes Doctor (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Man Needs One Bob Rasmussen (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stranger Henry Maitland (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Number One Unknown (Character) - 1969
83% 88% The Party Levinson (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 77% Follow Me, Boys! P.O.W. Lieutenant (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild, Wild Winter John (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 28% The Time Travelers Danny McKee (Character) - 1964
93% 82% The Americanization of Emily Young Sailor (Character) - 1964

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 80% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
40% No Score Yet Maggie Winters Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 41% Murphy Brown Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
89% 92% Seinfeld Brendan (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sparks Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 75% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1980 1982
No Score Yet 80% CHiPs Unknown (Guest Star) 1978 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Virgil Quinby (Character) 1980-1981
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Edward Novak (Guest Star) 1975 1981
No Score Yet 100% One Day at a Time Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet 65% Alice Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman J. P. Thompson (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Jonas Lasser (Guest Star) 1972-1973
No Score Yet 20% Bewitched Bruce (Guest Star) 1966 1968-1969 1971
No Score Yet 100% Night Gallery Unknown (Character) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Rabbi Elliott Tannenbaum (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Bellboy (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Don't Eat the Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Novak Unknown (Character) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Christopher Barton (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dobie Gillis Chatsworth Osborne Jr. (Character) 1960-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1961