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Frank Orth

Frank Orth was an American actor born in Philadelphia. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series “Boston Blackie”. By 1897, Orth was performing in vaudeville with his wife, Ann Codee, in an act called “Codee and Orth.” In 1909, he expanded into song writing, with songs such as “The Phone Bell Rang” and “Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie.” His first contact with motion pictures was in 1928, when he was part of the first foreign-language shorts in sound produced by Warner Bros. He and his wife also appeared together in a series of two-reel comedies in the early 1930s. Orth's first major screen credit was in “Prairie Thunder,” a Dick Foran western, in 1937. From then on, he was often cast as bartenders, pharmacists, and grocery clerks, and always distinctly Irish. He had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series of films and also in the Nancy Drew series as the befuddled Officer Tweedy. Among his better roles were the newspaper man Cary Grant telephones early in “His Girl Friday,” one of the quartet singing “Gary Owen” in “They Died with Their Boots On” (thereby giving Errol Flynn as Gen. Custer the idea of associating the tune with the 7th Cavalry), and as the little man carrying the sign reading “The End Is Near” throughout Colonel Effingham's Raid. However, Orth is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series “Boston Blackie.” A short, plump, round-faced man, often smoking a cigar, Orth as Faraday wore his own dark-rimmed spectacles, though rarely in feature films. In 1959, Orth retired from show business after throat surgery. His wife died in 1961 after around fifty years of marriage. Orth died on March 17, 1962. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife.

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Feb 20, 1880 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Bird in the Hand 1929-04-29
Latest Project:
Movie Here Come the Girls 1953-10-22
Known For
Poster of Here Come the Girls
Poster of The Lost Weekend
Poster of The Ox-Bow Incident
Poster of Sergeant York
Movie Houdini Mr. Hunter 1953-07-02
Movie Here Come the Girls Mr. Hungerford 1953-10-22
Movie Something to Live For Waiter 1952-03-07
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie Unknown 1951-09-08
Movie Father of the Bride Joe 1950-05-18
Movie The Great Rupert Mr. Frank Dingle 1950-03-01
Movie The Petty Girl Moody (process server) 1950-08-17
Movie Red Light Wallace 'Wally' Stoner 1949-09-30
Movie Bride for Sale Police Sergeant 1949-11-12
Movie The Big Clock Burt 1948-03-18
Movie Blondie's Secret Mr. Philpotts 1948-12-23
Movie The Girl from Manhattan Oscar Newsome 1948-10-01
Movie Born to Speed Breezy Bradley 1947-01-12
Movie Heartaches Mike Connelly, Vic's Agent 1947-06-28
Movie The Guilt of Janet Ames Danny 1947-03-06
Movie The Gas House Kids in Hollywood Police Captain 1947-08-23
Movie It Had to Be You Train Conductor 1947-12-07
Movie The Bride Wore Boots Judge 1946-06-05
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Chronicle Editor (uncredited) 1946-04-04
Movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Hotel Clerk 1946-08-19
Movie Murder in the Music Hall Henderson 1946-04-10
Movie It's Great to Be Young Franklin Johnson 1946-09-12
Movie Wake Up and Dream Milkman 1946-12-02
Movie Lady in the Lake Floyd Greer (Uncredited) 1946-12-19
Movie Pillow to Post Clayfield Taxi Driver 1945-06-09
Movie Tell It to a Star Augustus T. Goodman 1945-08-16
Movie The Lost Weekend Opera Cloak Room Attendant 1945-11-29
Movie She Went to the Races Skelly 1945-11-04
Movie Doll Face Peters 1945-12-31
Movie The Impatient Years Counterman 1944-09-10
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Larry Kinkaid (uncredited) 1943-03-11
Movie Coney Island Bartender 1943-06-18
Movie Hello, Frisco, Hello Lou, Bartender at Sharkey's 1943-03-26
Movie Roxie Hart Bar Client #2 (uncredited) 1942-02-20
Movie Dr. Kildare's Victory Mike Ryan 1942-02-04
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Mr. Toby 1942-01-06
Movie Rings on Her Fingers Unknown 1942-03-20
Movie Over My Dead Body Detective 1942-01-15
Movie My Gal Sal McGuiness 1942-04-30
Movie Orchestra Wives Rex Willet 1942-09-04
Movie Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Mike Ryan 1942-11-01
Movie Footlight Serenade Mike 1942-08-01
Movie Tales of Manhattan Secondhand Clothes Dealer (Rogers sequence) 1942-08-05
Movie Henry and Dizzy Joe McGuire 1942-06-05
Movie The Magnificent Dope Messenger 1942-07-01
Movie Come Live with Me Jerry 1941-01-31
Movie Respect the Law Peter Brennan 1941-01-04
Movie Ride on Vaquero Auctioneer 1941-04-18
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Cemetery Caretaker 1941-10-31
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Barfly (uncredited) 1941-11-20
Movie Sergeant York Drummer (uncredited) 1941-09-27
Movie Broadway Limited Lou, Cafe Proprietor 1941-06-13
Movie La Conga Nights Dennis O'Brien 1940-05-31
Movie Brother Orchid Waiter at Fat Dutchy's (uncredited) 1940-06-07
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife New York Editor 1940-04-25
Movie Florian Detective 1940-06-05
Movie Know Your Money Tobacconist (uncredited) 1940-01-27
Movie Gold Rush Maisie Harris 1940-07-26
Movie His Girl Friday Duffy 1940-01-18
Movie Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Mike Ryan, Sullivan's Hospital Cafe 1940-04-12
Movie 'Til We Meet Again Hong Kong Bartender (uncredited) 1940-04-20
Movie Michael Shayne: Private Detective Steve 1940-12-19
Movie Father Is A Prince Drugstore Proprieter 1940-11-18
Movie You, the People Soda Jerk 1940-11-30
Movie Pier 13 Dead Pan Charlie 1940-08-08
Movie Gallant Sons Newspaper Foreman (uncredited) 1940-11-15
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner 1940-11-29
Movie Mexican Spitfire Out West Window Washer 1940-10-29
Movie Buyer Beware Smith (uncredited) 1940-08-17
Movie Boom Town Barber 1940-08-30
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Mike Ryan 1940-09-06
Movie Within the Law Jim Jenks 1939-03-17
Movie Broadway Serenade Mr. Fellows 1939-04-07
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Mike Sullivan - Hospital Cafe Owner (uncredited) 1939-04-28
Movie Idiot's Delight Benny Zinsser 1939-01-27
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Loafer (uncredited) 1939-06-09
Movie Burn 'Em Up O'Connor Tim McKelvy 1939-01-13
Movie Fast and Loose Detective Hendricks 1939-02-17
Movie Nancy Drew... Reporter Captain Tweedy (uncredited) 1939-02-18
Movie At the Circus Chef in Diner (uncredited) 1939-10-20
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Mike Sullivan 1939-11-24
Movie Tell No Tales Vic - Bartender 1939-06-12
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Wedding Witness on Stage (uncredited) 1939-09-16
Movie Fast and Furious Joe Burke 1939-10-06
Movie Stanley and Livingstone Newspaperman with Pills 1939-08-18
Movie Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Captain Tweedy 1939-09-09
Movie Thunder Afloat Old Sailor in Bilge Area (uncredited) 1939-09-15
Movie Think It Over Brown, Clothing Store Owner 1938-07-24
Movie The Patient in Room 18 Joe Higgins - Night Watchman 1938-01-08
Movie Mr. Chump Sheriff Frank Hinton 1938-08-08
Movie Torchy Blane in Panama First Leopard 1938-05-07
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Mike Ryan 1938-10-14
Movie Comet Over Broadway Cab Driver (uncredited) 1938-12-03
Movie Nancy Drew: Detective Captain Tweedy 1938-11-19
Movie Marry the Girl Bar owner 1937-07-13
Movie Land Beyond the Law Shorty Long 1937-03-13
Movie Talent Scout Burlesque Theatre Manager 1937-07-24
Movie Ever Since Eve Cocktail Waiter (uncredited) 1937-07-15
Movie The Devil's Saddle Legion Judge Barko 1937-08-13
Movie Prairie Thunder Wichita 1937-09-10
Movie The Footloose Heiress Justice Abner Cuttler 1937-08-21
Movie Two Against the World Tommy - Bartender 1936-07-11
Movie Polo Joe Bert 1936-11-04
Movie Hot Money Hank Ford 1936-07-24
Movie The Payoff Porter 1935-01-09
Movie A Bird in the Hand Unknown 1929-04-29