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William Frawley

Highest Rated:   100% Rancho Notorious (1952)
Lowest Rated:   75% Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Public Enemies
  • George "Bang" Carson
1995
No Score Yet Lucy: Queen of Comedy
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Safe at Home
  • Bill Turner
1962
No Score Yet I love Lucy
  • Actor
1953
100% Rancho Notorious
  • Baldy Gunder
1952
No Score Yet Rhubarb
  • Len Sickles
1951
No Score Yet The Lemon Drop Kid
  • Gloomy Willie
1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
  • Detective Roberts
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
No Score Yet The Babe Ruth Story
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet 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
75% Ziegfeld Follies
  • Martin
1946
No Score Yet Lady on a Train
  • Sgt. Christie
1945
No Score Yet Flame of Barbary Coast
  • Wylie
1945
No Score Yet Minstrel Man
  • Actor
1944
78% Going My Way
  • Max
1944
100% The Fighting Seabees
  • Eddie Powers
1944
No Score Yet Whistling in Brooklyn
  • Detective Ramsey
1943
No Score Yet Wildcat
  • Oliver Westbrook
1942
No Score Yet Give Out, Sisters
  • Harrison
1942
100% Gentleman Jim
  • Delaney
1942
89% 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 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 Harmony Lane
  • Christy
1935
No Score Yet Bolero
  • Mike DeBaere
1934

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