Frank Cady


About

Birth Place
Susanville, California, USA
Born
September 08, 1915
Died
June 08, 2012
Cause of Death
Undetermined

Biography

Best known as the lovable storekeeper, Sam Drucker, on three popular sitcoms--"The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction," and "Green Acres"--Frank Cady was an icon of early American television. Drucker got his taste for comedy while working on the campus humor magazine at Stanford University, where he graduated with a BA in speech and drama. After serving in the Air Force during Wor...

Biography

Best known as the lovable storekeeper, Sam Drucker, on three popular sitcoms--"The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction," and "Green Acres"--Frank Cady was an icon of early American television. Drucker got his taste for comedy while working on the campus humor magazine at Stanford University, where he graduated with a BA in speech and drama. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, Cady pursued acting. He earned small film roles easily, and appeared in such films as the original "Father of the Bride" with Spencer Tracy, the horror classic "The Bad Seed," and the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Rear Window." By the '60s, Cady was working regularly in television, accruing numerous guest roles, and even earned a recurring role as Doc Williams on the popular sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." Then came the simultaneous series "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Petticoat Junction," and "Green Acres," which allowed Cady to play Drucker from 1963, the start of "Petticoat Junction," to 1971, the end of "Green Acres." Following this heyday, Cady appeared on TV less and less, making his final screen appearance in the 1990 TV movie "Return to Green Acres." After a quiet retirement in Oregon, he died in 2012.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Return to Green Acres (1990)
Hearts of the West (1975)
Pa Tater
Zandy's Bride (1974)
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Assayer
The Gnome-Mobile (1967)
Charlie Pettibone
7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Mayor James Sargent
The Man Who Understood Women (1959)
Milstead
The Missouri Traveler (1958)
Willie Poole
The Girl Most Likely (1958)
Pop
The Tin Star (1957)
Abe Pickett
Three Violent People (1957)
Dr. Graham
The Bad Seed (1956)
Mr. Henry Daigle
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Trader Joe
Trial (1955)
Canford
Rear Window (1954)
Fire escape man
Marry Me Again (1953)
Dr. Day
Half a Hero (1953)
Mr. Watts
The Sellout (1952)
Bennie Amboy
The Atomic City (1952)
Weinberg
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Harold Ferris
Dear Brat (1951)
Mr. Creavy
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Mr. [Al] Federber
Let's Make It Legal (1951)
Ferguson
Hunt the Man Down (1951)
Puppet master
Lightning Strikes Twice (1951)
Station attendant
D.O.A. (1950)
Little man, bartender
The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Night clerk
Pretty Baby (1950)
Janitor
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1950)
Harry
The Great Rupert (1950)
Tax investigator
Experiment Alcatraz (1950)
Max Henry
Convicted (1950)
Eddie
Three Husbands (1950)
Elevator operator
Father of the Bride (1950)
Timid guest
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
Hotel clerk
The Next Voice You Hear (1950)
Perfect Strangers (1950)
Geologist
Dial 1119 (1950)
Fred Beckett, a spectator
Emergency Wedding (1950)
Mr. Hoff
The Sky Dragon (1949)
Abandoned (1949)
City editor
City Across the River (1949)
Shirley's partner
Flamingo Road (1949)
Leo Mitchell
Prejudice (1949)
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Oculist
The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)
Mr. Crane
Take One False Step (1949)
Player
The Vicious Circle (1948)
Bungalow 13 (1948)
Gus Barton
The Checkered Coat (1948)
Skinner
He Walked by Night (1948)
Suspect
Violence (1947)
Jepson
Sarge Goes to College (1947)
Prof. Edwards

Cast (Special)

Sutters Bay (1983)
Doc Medford; The Town Physician
Soup and Me (1978)
Mr Sutter
The Winged Colt (1977)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
Will Hoople--Town Drunk
New Girl in His Life (1957)

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Ace In The Hole (1951) - Mr. Federber Genuine New Mexico newsman Bob Bumpas reporting as director Billy Wilder's "everyman" Ferderber (Frank Cady) and wife (Geraldine Hall) are interviewed, circus atmosphere growing in Ace In The Hole, 1951, starring Kirk Douglas.
Convicted (1950) - Double Breasted Overstuffed Idiot Broderick Crawford is comfortable playing the well-meaning D-A Knowland, but not happy with the corporate lawyer Bradley (Roland Winters), defending an employee (Glenn Ford, not seen here) who accidentally killed a guy in a bar fight, early in director Henry Levin's Convicted, 1950.
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) - Occupation, None Opening shot in Cincinnati, (the ending was shot on the same production trip, in Kentucky) introducing Dix (Sterling Hayden), Gus (James Whitmore) at the diner, Barry Kelley the cop at the line-up (featuing Strother Martin), Frank Cady the witness, in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, 1950.
Hearts Of The West (1975) - Open, Real Rugged Gunfighter Smile Opening with Jeff Bridges as Lewis in a screen test, Alan Arkin the voice of the director, which won’t make sense until later in the movie, then with his brothers and Frank Cady his cranky dad, in director Howard Zieff’s Hearts Of The West, 1975, also starring Andy Griffith and Blythe Danner.
Father of the Bride (1950) - Too Early For A Martini? Stanley (Spencer Tracy) gets stuck in the kitchen making drinks and receiving guests (Taylor Holmes, Carleton Carpenter, Frank Cady) at the engagement party in Father of the Bride, 1950.
7 Faces Of Dr. Lao, The (1964) - Smile When You Say That School-marm Barbara Eden challenges the evil speculator (Arthur O'Connell) at a town meeting, the local editor (John Ericson) pleads the case of an Indian (Eddie Little Sky), then Tony Randall, title character, takes out some thugs, in director George Pal's The 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao, 1964.

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