Although Frank Cady's most famous role would be that of general-store owner Sam Drucker, one of the less nutty residents of Hooterville in both "Green Acres" (1965) and "Petticoat Junction" (1963), he had a history as a film, stage and television actor long before those shows. Cady also appeared on some radio programs including Gunsmoke. In the 1950s, Cady played Doc Williams in "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952), along with numerous supporting parts in movies and also appeared in television commercials for (among other products) Shasta Grape Soda. Cady has been most prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three TV sitcoms at the same time, "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962), "Green Acres" (1965), and "Petticoat Junction" (1963). Usually cast as a gregarious small-town businessman, druggist, store clerk or other type of all-around Midwestern-type good guy, Cady was actually a California native, born in Susanville in 1915. The acting bug bit him when he sang in an elementary school play, and after graduating from Stanford University he headed to London, England, to train in the theater. When World War II broke out he was already in Europe, so he enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent the next several years in postings all over the continent. After his discharge he returned to the US and headed for Hollywood. An agent saw him in a local play, signed him, and he was on his way. One of his earlier--and more atypical--roles was as a seedy underworld character pulled in for questioning in a cop's murder in the noir classic He Walked by Night (1948), and he played a succession of hotel clerks, bureaucrats, henpecked husbands and the like for the next 40+ years. He did much television work from the mid-'50s onward. Cady resided in Wilsonville, Oregon and at the time of his death had two children; daughter, Catherine Turk; son, Steven; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.IMDb Mini Biography By: K.P. Manning
|Shirley||(1940 - 22 August 2008) (her death) 2 children|
Two children: Steve Cady and Catherine Turk.
In 1984, Frank received a call from Orson Welles asking him to appear in an upcoming film, The Cradle Will Rock. Sadly, the picture was pushed back and Welles died before it could be shot.
Retiring to Oregon in 1991, Cady and his wife kept active playing golf and hiking. Until recently, they took annual month-long hiking trips to Switzerland.
Just prior to serving in WWII, he became a radio announcer and landed a job at KGDM in Stockton California. Eventually he moved on to KYA and subsequently to KGO in San Francisco.
Receiving his BA in speech and drama, Frank eventually returned to Stanford for graduate work. He met his future wife, actress Shirley Jones (not "The Partridge Family" (1970) star), while teaching acting at the university.
Graduated from Lassen Union High School in California with the intent of becoming a journalist.
He is interred at Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery in Wilsonville, Oregan.
What's the secret to playing Sam Drucker? I just play myself. Sam Drucker and I are old friends. I played him on "Petticoat Junction" (1963), "Green Acres" (1965) and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) and we were going strong until 1971, when Fred Silverman canceled every show with a tree in it.
(2005) Retired from acting and living in Portland, Oregon
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