William Frawley

William Frawley

Highest Rated: 100% Rancho Notorious (1952)

Lowest Rated: 60% Good Sam (1948)

Birthday: Feb 26, 1887

Birthplace: Not Available

American actor William Frawley had hopes of becoming a newspaperman but was sidetracked by a series of meat-and-potatoes jobs. At 21, he found himself in the chorus of a musical comedy in Chicago; his mother forced him to quit, but Frawley had already gotten greasepaint in his veins. Forming a vaudeville act with his brother Paul, Frawley hit the show-business trail; several partners later (including his wife Louise), Frawley was a headliner and in later years laid claim to having introduced the beer-hall chestnut "Melancholy Baby." Entering films in the early 1930s (he'd made a few desultory silent-movie appearances), Frawley became typecast as irascible, pugnacious Irishmen, not much of a stretch from his off-camera personality. Though he worked steadily into the late 1940s, Frawley's drinking got the better of him, and by 1951 most producers found him virtually unemployable. Not so Desi Arnaz, who cast Frawley as neighbor Fred Mertz on the I Love Lucy TV series when Gale Gordon proved unavailable. Frawley promised to stay away from the booze during filming, and in turn Arnaz promised to give Frawley time off whenever the New York Yankees were in the World Series (a rabid baseball fan, Frawley not only appeared in a half dozen baseball films, but also was one of the investors of the minor-league Hollywood Stars ball team). Frawley played Fred Mertz until the last I Love Lucy episode was filmed in 1960, then moved on to a five-year assignment as Bub, chief cook and bottle-washer to son-in-law Fred MacMurray's all male household on My Three Sons.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy Actor 1990
No Score Yet Safe at Home Bill Turner 1962
100% Rancho Notorious Baldy Gunder 1952
No Score Yet Rhubarb Len Sickles 1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Detective Roberts 1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid Gloomy Willie 1951
No Score Yet Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Byers 1950
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Jimmy O'Brien 1950
No Score Yet Pretty Baby Corcoran 1950
No Score Yet Blondie's Hero Marty Greer 1950
No Score Yet East Side, West Side Bill, the Bartender 1949
No Score Yet The Lady Takes a Sailor Oliver Harker 1949
No Score Yet Red Light Actor 1949
No Score Yet The Lone Wolf and His Lady Inspector Crane 1949
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday George Kirby 1949
60% Good Sam Tom 1948
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story Jack Dunn 1948
No Score Yet Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven The Agent 1948
No Score Yet Down to Earth Police Lieutenant 1947
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Jim Mason 1947
97% Monsieur Verdoux Jean La Salle 1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street Charles Halloran 1947
No Score Yet Blondie's Anniversary Sharkey 1947
No Score Yet Mother Wore Tights Mr. Schneider 1947
No Score Yet My Wild Irish Rose William Scanlan 1947
No Score Yet Crime Doctor's Man Hunt Actor 1946
No Score Yet The Inner Circle Det. Lt. Webb 1946
No Score Yet The Virginian Honey Wiggen 1946
No Score Yet Rendezvous with Annie Gen. Trent 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Martin 1946
No Score Yet Lady on a Train Sgt. Christie 1945
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast Smooth Wylie 1945
No Score Yet Minstrel Man Actor 1944
80% Going My Way Max 1944
100% The Fighting Seabees Eddie Powers 1944
No Score Yet Lake Placid Serenade Jiggers 1944
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn Detective Ramsey 1943
No Score Yet Larceny with Music Mike Simms 1943
No Score Yet Wildcat Oliver Westbrook 1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters Harrison 1942
No Score Yet It Happened in Flatbush Sam Sloan 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Delaney 1942
82% Roxie Hart O'Malley 1942
No Score Yet Blondie in Society Pincus 1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark Hopkins 1941
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D. Sheriff McGee 1941
No Score Yet One Night in the Tropics Roscoe 1940
No Score Yet Rhythm on the River Mr. Westlake 1940
No Score Yet Dancing on a Dime Mac 1940
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn The Duke 1939
No Score Yet Rose of Washington Square Harry Long 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Snoop Donlan 1938
No Score Yet Mad About Music Dusty Rhodes 1938
100% Something to Sing About Hank Meyers 1937
No Score Yet Double or Nothing John Peterson 1937
No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Mac 1937
83% The General Died at Dawn Brydon 1936
No Score Yet Desire Mr. Gibson 1936
No Score Yet Strike Me Pink Copple 1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across Benton 1936
No Score Yet Alibi Ike Cap 1935
No Score Yet Ship Cafe Briney O'Brien 1935
No Score Yet Car 99 Sgt. Barrel 1935
No Score Yet Harmony Lane Christy 1935
No Score Yet Bolero Mike DeBaere 1934
No Score Yet Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Captain Murphy 1934
No Score Yet Shoot the Works Larry Hale 1934
No Score Yet The Crime Doctor Fraser 1934
No Score Yet Here Is My Heart James Smith 1934


No Score Yet I Love Lucy
Fred Mertz Fred 2019


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