Frank Faylen


Actor

About

Also Known As
Frank Ruff
Birth Place
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Born
December 08, 1905
Died
August 02, 1985

Biography

Veteran character player, who first appeared onstage at the age of eighteen months in parents vaudeville act. In his 20s Faylen made the transition from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to touch guys in films of the 1930s. One of his most memorable performances is as the sadistic male nurse in "The Lost Weekend" (1945). Faylen also played archetypal 1950s teenager Dobie Gillis's father on...

Photos & Videos

Family & Companions

Carol Hughes
Wife
Actor. Married 1936; starred as Dale Arden in the "Flash Gordon" serials.

Notes

Treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild.

President of the Masquers Club.

Biography

Veteran character player, who first appeared onstage at the age of eighteen months in parents vaudeville act. In his 20s Faylen made the transition from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to touch guys in films of the 1930s. One of his most memorable performances is as the sadistic male nurse in "The Lost Weekend" (1945). Faylen also played archetypal 1950s teenager Dobie Gillis's father on the popular TV series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959-63).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Funny Girl (1968)
Keeney
When the Boys Meet the Girls (1965)
Phin
Fluffy (1965)
Catfish
The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
Mr. Dearborne
North to Alaska (1960)
Arnie
Three Brave Men (1957)
Enos Warren
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Cotton Wilson
Dino (1957)
Frank Mandel
7th Cavalry (1956)
Kruger
Terror at Midnight (1956)
Fred Hill
Away All Boats (1956)
Chief Phillip P. "Pappy" Moran
Everything but the Truth (1956)
Mac [McCormick]
The Looters (1955)
Stan Leppich
The McConnell Story (1955)
Sgt. Sykes
The Lone Gun (1954)
Fairweather
Red Garters (1954)
Billy Bucket
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Haskell
99 River Street (1953)
Stan Hogan
The Sniper (1952)
Inspector Anderson
Hangman's Knot (1952)
Cass Browne
The Lusty Men (1952)
Al Dawson
Passage West (1951)
Curly
My Favorite Spy (1951)
Newton
Detective Story (1951)
Gallagher
Fourteen Hours (1951)
Waiter
Francis (1950)
Sgt. Chillingbacker
Convicted (1950)
Ponti
The Eagle and the Hawk (1950)
"Red" Hyatt
Copper Canyon (1950)
Mullins
The Nevadan (1950)
Jeff
Whispering Smith (1949)
Whitey Du Sang
Hazard (1948)
Oscar
Blood on the Moon (1948)
Jake Pindalest
Race Street (1948)
Phil Dickson
Cross My Heart (1947)
Fingerprint expert
Variety Girl (1947)
Stage manager
Easy Come, Easy Go (1947)
Boss
The Trouble with Women (1947)
Geeger
California (1947)
Whitey
Suddenly, It's Spring (1947)
Harold Michaels
The Perils of Pauline (1947)
Joe Gurt
Welcome Stranger (1947)
Bill Walters
Road to Rio (1947)
Trigger
Masquerade in Mexico (1946)
Brooklyn
Our Hearts Were Growing Up (1946)
Federal agent
To Each His Own (1946)
Babe
The Blue Dahlia (1946)
The man
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Ernie
Blue Skies (1946)
Mack
Two Years Before the Mast (1946)
Hansen
The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
Taxi driver
Duffy's Tavern (1945)
Customer
Incendiary Blonde (1945)
Hotel clerk
The Affairs of Susan (1945)
Brooklyn boy
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Bim
You Came Along (1945)
Bellboy
Bring on the Girls (1945)
Sailor
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
M.P.
An American Romance (1944)
Bartender
The National Barn Dance (1944)
Part of musical team
Standing Room Only (1944)
Cab driver
A Guy Named Joe (1944)
Major
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Lieutenant [John] Kane
Address Unknown (1944)
Jimmie Blake
And the Angels Sing (1944)
Hoiman
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
Taxi driver
Mission to Moscow (1943)
Reporter
Star Spangled Rhythm (1943)
Soldier in "That Old Black Magic" number
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Gateman
The Hard Way (1943)
Policeman
Dixie Dugan (1943)
Soldier
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
Sailor
The Pride of the Yankees (1943)
3rd base coach
She's for Me (1943)
Keys [Brady]
Silver Skates (1943)
Eddie Hayes
Prairie Chickens (1943)
Clem
Fall In (1943)
Captain Gillis
Taxi, Mister (1943)
Silk
Good Morning, Judge (1943)
Ben Pollard
Get Going (1943)
Hank Andrews
The Mystery of the 13th Guest (1943)
Speed Dugan
Yanks Ahoy (1943)
Jenkins
The Good Fellows (1943)
Brody
The Gang's All Here (1943)
Marine
Young Ideas (1943)
Reporter
Follow the Band (1943)
Brooks
The Falcon Strikes Back (1943)
Hobo
Corvette K-225 (1943)
Workman
Salute for Three (1943)
Soldier friend with Buzz
Nazty Nuisance (1943)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Taxi driver
Wings for the Eagle (1942)
Leader
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Slim
About Face (1942)
Jerry
Three Hearts for Julia (1942)
Meek gateman
Tough As They Come (1942)
Load collector
Whispering Ghosts (1942)
Curley
Dr. Kildare's Victory (1942)
Ambulance driver
A-Haunting We Will Go (1942)
Railroad detective
Joe Smith, American (1942)
Athlete
Mokey (1942)
Desk sergeant
Across the Pacific (1942)
Barker
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Sergeant
Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
Theater manager
Wake Island (1942)
Wounded marine
Sergeant York (1941)
Butt boy
H. M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
Sergeant
Steel Against the Sky (1941)
Joe
Come Live with Me (1941)
Waiter
Let's Go Collegiate (1941)
Speed
Tanks a Million (1941)
Skivic
Top Sergeant Mulligan (1941)
[Pat] Dolan
Model Wife (1941)
Master of ceremonies
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
Pick
Father Steps Out (1941)
King
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
Gus
Unholy Partners (1941)
Roger Ordway
Affectionately Yours (1941)
Ambulance driver
International Squadron (1941)
Process server
The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
Orchestra leader
Knockout (1941)
Fighter
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Castle on the Hudson (1940)
Clerk
Brother Orchid (1940)
Supt. of service
Curtain Call (1940)
Spike Malone
Married and in Love (1940)
Man in bar
La Conga Nights (1940)
Jeepers Peepers
Pop Always Pays (1940)
Auto cashier
No Time for Comedy (1940)
Cab driver
Margie (1940)
Mr. Leffingwell
Saturday's Children (1940)
Cab driver
Edison, the Man (1940)
Galbreath
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Tim
Women in the Wind (1939)
Mechanic
Invisible Stripes (1939)
Steve
Reno (1939)
Hezzy Briggs
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Pete
No Place to Go (1939)
Pete Shafter
Waterfront (1939)
Skids Riley
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Pete Foley
It's a Wonderful World (1939)
Peters
The Star Maker (1939)
First reporter
You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939)
Spieler
Lucky Night (1939)
Announcer
Thunder Afloat (1939)
"Cap" Finch
The Invisible Menace (1938)
Private of the guard
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Assistant dubber
No Time to Marry (1938)
Waxler
That Certain Woman (1937)
Reporter
Smart Blonde (1937)
Ambulance driver
Dance Charlie Dance (1937)
Ted Parks
The Case of the Stuttering Bishop (1937)
Charles Downs
The Cherokee Strip (1937)
Joe Brady
Headin' East (1937)
Joe
Kid Galahad (1937)
Barney
Talent Scout (1937)
Master of ceremonies
Back in Circulation (1937)
James Maxwell
They Won't Forget (1937)
Reporter [Bill Price]
Marked Woman (1937)
Taxi driver
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Reporter
The Golden Arrow (1936)
Reporter
Border Flight (1936)
Jimmie
King of Hockey (1936)
Swede
All American Chump (1936)
Reporter
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Gatley
Down the Stretch (1936)
Ben the bookie
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Man in washroom
The Sky Parade (1936)
Pilot

Cast (Special)

Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis? (1977)
Herbert T Gillis; Dobie'S Father
Eddie (1971)
Patrolman Callahan

Cast (Short)

Alice in Movieland (1940)
Slapsie Maxie's (1939)

Life Events

1935

Film debut, "Thanks a Million"

Photo Collections

7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills
7th Cavalry - Publicity Stills
It's a Wonderful Life - Lobby Card Set
Here is a lobby card set from Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Blood On The Moon (1948) - You'll Make Up The Difference Rilling (Robert Preston) brings pal Jim (Robert Mitchum) to meet crooked partner Pindalest (Frank Faylen), explaining his proposition, in Robert Wise's high-brow Western Blood On The Moon, 1948.
99 River Street (1953) - -- Nothing But Television Ex-fighter New York cabbie Eddie (John Payne) with buddy Stan (Frank Faylen) discussing marriage, when actress pal Linda (Evelyn Keyes) arrives, early in Phil Karlson's 99 River Street, 1953.
Sniper, The (1952) - They Said I Was Looking In Their Windows Big set piece by director Edward Dmytryk, Ralph Peters the snarky cop at the podium as suspects John Pickard, Byron Foulger and Ralph Smiley are shredded, then Richard Kiley’s first scene as shrink Kent, discouraging chief cop Anderson (Frank Faylen) and Lt. Kafka (Adolphe Menjou) in The Sniper, 1952.
Funny Girl (1968) - I'm The Greatest Star! Not-yet famous Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) tries to explain her talents to Keeney (Frank Faylen), launching into "I'm the Greatest Star," by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, in an early scene from Funny Girl, 1968.
Funny Girl (1968) - The Name's Arnstein Fanny (Barbra Streisand) is surprised by a backstage visit from Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) who helps her through a speedy negotiation with Keeney (Frank Faylen) in William Wyler's Funny Girl, 1968.
Blue Dahlia, The (1946) - How Often Do They Change The Fleas? Some quick adjustments are made when two thugs (Frank Faylen, Walter Sande) deliver Johnny (Alan Ladd) to the hotel run by Corelli (Howard Freeman) and the cops appear, in The Blue Dahlia, 1946.
Across The Pacific (1942) - You Takin' Root There? On a port of call in New York, Leland (Humphrey Bogart), having parked the babe he met on the Japanese freighter, does some urban evasion tricks for director John Huston, and we learn that he wasn’t really kicked out of the army, as he reports to Hart (Paul Stanton), in Across The Pacific, 1942.
Hangman's Knot - (Original Trailer) Rebel soldiers raid a Union gold shipment, then learn the Civil War has been over for a month in Hangman's Knot (1952) starring Randolph Scott.
Detective Story (1951) - Just Supply The Finger Bert Freed as workaday detective Dakis and Lee Grant the shoplifter, in her Academy Award-nominated performance in the role she also played on Broadway, opening William Wyler's film from the Sidney Kingsley play, Detective Story, 1951, starring Kirk Douglas and Eleanor Parker.
Detective Story (1951) - Personal Motives Desk officer (Frank Faylen) with out-of-towner (Harper Goff) when lawyer Sims (Warner Anderson) shows up to confront Monahan (Horace McMahon), who's already scolding detective McLeod (Kirk Douglas) for beating up the client/suspect, in William Wyler's Detective Story, 1951.
Come Live With Me (1941) - Smith And Jones Having just met in passing, Bill (James Stewart) the starving writer and Johnny (Hedy Lamarr), the kept-woman suddenly threatened with deportation, seek shelter in a Manhattan diner, Frank Faylen the counter-man, Horace MacMahon the cabbie, in Clarence Brown's Come Live With Me, 1941.
Perils Of Pauline, The (1947) - The Sewing Machine Following a prologue, we meet Peal White (Betty Hutton), working for Joe Gurt (Frank Faylen) in a New York sweatshop, improvising Frank Loesser's The Sewing Machine, in the fanciful bio-pic, The Perils Of Pauline, 1947.

Trailer

Lost Weekend, The - (Original Trailer) Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay went to this groundbreaking study of alcoholism.
Kid Galahad (1937) - (Original Trailer) A mob-connected trainer (Edward G. Robinson) grooms a bellhop for the boxing ring. Co-starring Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart.
Saturday's Children - (Original Trailer) A young inventor's new marriage is jeopardized by financial problems. Starring John Garfield.
Unholy Partners - (Original Trailer) The editor of a tabloid (Edward G. Robinson) takes money from a gangster in Unholy Partners (1941).
Grapes of Wrath, The - (Original Trailer) Henry Fonda stars in John Ford's movie version of the John Steinbeck novel about Depression-era migrants, The Grapes of Wrath (1940).
Fourteen Hours - (Original Trailer) Richard Basehart threatens to jump off the ledge of his fourteenth floor hotel room in Fourteen Hours (1951).
Down the Stretch - (Original Trailer) A disgraced jockey's son (Mickey Rooney) fights to clear the family name in Down the Stretch (1936).
Dance, Charlie, Dance - (Original Trailer) A gullible "angel" sinks money into a doomed play in Dance, Charlie, Dance (1937).
Come Live With Me -- (Original Trailer) A Viennese refugee (Hedy Lamarr) weds a struggling author (James Stewart) platonically so she can stay in the U.S. Directed by Clarence Brown
Cherokee Strip, The - (Original Trailer) Outlaws lame singing cowboy Dick Foran's horse on the eve of the Oklahoma land rush in The Cherokee Strip (1937).
Blue Dahlia, The - (Original Trailer) Raymond Chandler's only movie written for the screen, The Blue Dahlia (1946), has Alan Ladd trying to clear his name of murder.
Waterfront - (Original Trailer) A hard-living dockworker (Dennis Morgan) finds religion until his brother is murdered on the Waterfront (1939).

Family

Kay Faylen
Daughter
Actor.
Carol Faylen
Daughter
Actor. Played eldest daughter on TV series, "The Bing Crosby SHow" (1964).

Companions

Carol Hughes
Wife
Actor. Married 1936; starred as Dale Arden in the "Flash Gordon" serials.

Bibliography

Notes

Treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild.

President of the Masquers Club.