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Frank Albertson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Francis Healey Albertson (February 2, 1909 – February 29, 1964) was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age thirteen. He had supporting roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Psycho (1960). Albertson made well over 100 appearances (1923–1964) in movies and television. In his early career he often sang and danced in such films as Just Imagine (1930) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931). He was featured in Alice Adams (1935) as the title character's brother, and in Room Service (1938) he played opposite the Marx Brothers. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II. As he aged he moved from featured roles to supporting and character parts—in his later career he can be seen as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of the CBS western television series My Friend Flicka. He guest starred in the early NBC western series The Californians and twice in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He was cast in 1959 and 1962 in different roles on Walter Brennan's sitcom The Real McCoys. In 1960, he appeared as General Devery in the episode "Strange Encounter" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45. In 1960, he played the wealthy rancher Tom Cassidy at the beginning of Psycho (1960) who provides the $40,000 in cash that Janet Leigh's character later steals. In the 1960-61 television season, he played the character Mr. Cooper in five episodes of the CBS sitcom Bringing Up Buddy, starring Frank Aletter. In 1964, Albertson was cast as Jim O'Neal in the episode "The Death of a Teacher" of the NBC education drama Mr. Novak. One of his final screen appearances was as "Sam," the bewildered mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio, in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie. His last appearance was on The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played a Marine commander completing an inspection. The episode aired on May 19, 1964, three months after Albertson died.

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Feb 2, 1909 In Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Covered Wagon 1923-03-15
Latest Project:
Movie The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble 2022
Known For
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Poster of The Man Who Knew Too Much
Poster of The Billy Rose Show
Poster of It's a Wonderful Life
Movie The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble Bob Graham 2022
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie Bye Bye Birdie Mayor 1963-04-04
Series Mr. Novak Unknown 1963-09-24
Movie Johnny Cool Bill Blakely 1963-10-02
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie Don't Knock the Twist Herbert Walcott 1962-04-13
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Tom Batterman 1962-09-20
Movie Man-Trap Paul Snavely 1961-09-20
Series Tallahassee 7000 Unknown 1961-01-24
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Psycho Tom Cassidy 1960-06-22
Series Johnny Midnight Unknown 1960-01-03
Series The Aquanauts Unknown 1960-09-14
Series The Andy Griffith Show Colonel Watson 1960-10-03
Series The Tom Ewell Show Unknown 1960-09-27
Series Bringing Up Buddy Unknown 1960-10-10
Series Michael Shayne Unknown 1960-09-30
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Series Peter Gunn Unknown 1958-09-22
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Bronco Unknown 1958-09-23
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie The Last Hurrah Jack Mangan 1958-10-23
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Official Detective Unknown 1957-01-01
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Movie The Enemy Below Lt. J.G. Crain 1957-12-25
Series Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-10-04
Series The Real McCoys Unknown 1957-10-03
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series State Trooper Unknown 1956-09-25
Movie The Man Who Knew Too Much Worker at the Taxidermist's (uncredited) 1956-05-16
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Nightfall Dr. Edward Gurston 1956-11-09
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie Girl on the Run Hank 1953-12-15
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series The Billy Rose Show Unknown 1950-10-03
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03
Movie Shed No Tears Hutton - Police Detective 1948-06-09
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Ginger Barney O'Hara 1947-01-04
Movie The Hucksters Max Herman 1947-07-17
Movie Killer Dill William T. Allen 1947-08-02
Movie Gay Blades Frankie Dowell 1946-01-25
Movie They Made Me a Killer Patrolman Al Wilson 1946-05-03
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Sam Wainwright 1946-12-20
Movie I Love a Soldier Little Soldier 1945-07-12
Movie Arson Squad Tom Mitchell 1945-09-11
Movie How DOooo You Do Tom Brandon 1945-12-24
Movie Flight Characteristics of the P-51 Airplane Major 1944-03-13
Movie And the Angels Sing Oliver 1944-04-25
Movie Rosie the Riveter Charlie Doran 1944-04-08
Movie Keep 'em Slugging Frank 1943-03-01
Movie Here Comes Elmer Joe Maxwell 1943-11-15
Movie Silent Witness Bruce L. Strong - Attorney 1943-01-15
Movie Mystery Broadcast Michael Jerome 1943-11-23
Movie O, My Darling Clementine 'Dapper' Dan Franklin 1943-12-31
Movie Man From Headquarters Larry Doyle 1942-01-23
Movie Shepherd of the Ozarks Lieutenant James J. 'Jimmy' Maloney, Jr. 1942-03-26
Movie Junior G-Men of the Air Jerry Markham 1942-06-30
Movie Underground Agent Johnny Davis 1942-12-03
Movie City of Silent Men Gil Davis 1942-10-12
Movie Wake Island Johnny Rudd 1942-08-11
Movie Man Made Monster Mark Adams 1941-03-28
Movie Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery Sanders 1941-03-24
Movie Father Steps Out Jimmy Dugan 1941-07-19
Movie Louisiana Purchase Robert Davis, Jr. 1941-12-31
Movie Citadel of Crime Jim Rogers 1941-07-23
Movie Flying Cadets Bob Ames 1941-10-24
Movie Burma Convoy Mike Weldon 1941-10-16
Movie Framed Hank Parker 1940-02-23
Movie Dr. Christian Meets the Women Bill Ferris 1940-08-05
Movie The Ghost Comes Home Ernest 1940-03-08
Movie When the Daltons Rode Emmett Dalton 1940-08-23
Movie Behind the News Jeff Flavin 1940-12-20
Movie Bachelor Mother Freddie Miller 1939-06-30
Movie Rhumba Rhythm at the Hollywood La Conga Himself (uncredited) 1939-09-02
Movie Mother Carey's Chickens Tom Hamilton Jr. 1938-07-29
Movie Hold That Kiss Steve Evans 1938-05-13
Movie Room Service Leo Davis 1938-09-21
Movie The Magician's Daughter Bob Wilson 1938-07-16
Movie Fugitives for a Night Matt Ryan 1938-09-23
Movie Spring Madness Hat 1938-11-11
Movie The Shining Hour Benny Collins 1938-11-18
Movie Navy Blue and Gold Weeks 1937-11-19
Movie The Farmer in the Dell Davy Davenport 1936-03-27
Movie Fury Charlie Wilson 1936-06-05
Movie No Place like Rome Flavius - Roman Bachelor 1936-10-26
Movie Waterfront Lady Ronny Hillyer aka Bill 1935-10-04
Movie Alice Adams Walter Adams 1935-08-23
Movie Doubting Thomas Jimmy Brown 1935-07-10
Movie Enter Madame John Fitzgerald 1935-01-04
Movie Personal Maid's Secret Kent Fletcher 1935-10-26
Movie East of Java Larry Page 1935-12-01
Movie Ah, Wilderness! Arthur Miller 1935-12-25
Movie Kind Lady Peter Santard 1935-12-06
Movie The Last Gentleman Allan Blaine, Augusta's adopted son 1934-04-27
Movie The Life of Vergie Winters Ranny Truesdale 1934-06-14
Movie Love Detectives Bob 1934-02-28
Movie Hollywood Mystery Daniel Patrick Ryan 1934-06-20
Movie Tripping Through the Tropics Jack 1934-07-27
Movie Ann Carver's Profession Jim Thompson 1933-06-09
Movie The Billion Dollar Scandal "Babe" [Partos] 1933-01-06
Movie Midshipman Jack Russell H. Burns 1933-09-22
Movie Ever in My Heart Sam Archer 1933-10-28
Movie Rainbow Over Broadway Don Hayes 1933-12-01
Movie King for a Night Dick Morris 1933-12-09
Movie Huddle Larry 1932-05-14
Movie Racing Youth Teddy Blue 1932-04-01
Movie Boys Will Be Boys Unknown 1932-11-30
Movie The Lost Special Tom Hood 1932-12-06
Movie A Connecticut Yankee Emile le Poulet / Clarence 1931-04-06
Movie Big Business Girl Johnny Saunders 1931-06-12
Movie Traveling Husbands Barry Greene 1931-08-15
Movie Way Back Home David Clark 1931-11-13
Movie The Brat Stephen Forester 1931-09-19
Movie Son of the Gods Kicker 1930-03-09
Movie Men Without Women Ensign Price 1930-02-08
Movie Spring Is Here Stacy Adams 1930-04-13
Movie So This Is London Junior Draper 1930-06-06
Movie Born Reckless Frank Sheldon 1930-06-06
Movie Just Imagine RT-42 1930-11-23
Movie Wild Company Larry Grayson 1930-07-05
Movie Blue Skies Richard Lewis (episode 2) 1929-03-16
Movie Words and Music Skeet Mulroy 1929-08-18
Movie Happy Days Frankie Albertson 1929-09-16
Movie Salute Midshipman Albert Edward Price 1929-09-01
Movie The Covered Wagon Bit (uncredited) 1923-03-15