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Frank Fay (I) (1891–1961)

Frank Fay was born on November 17, 1891 in San Francisco, California, USA as Francis Anthony Donner. He was an actor, known for Nothing Sacred (1937), The Show of Shows (1929) and Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (1931). He was married to Barbara Stanwyck, Gladys Buchanan, Betty Kean and Frances White. He died on September 25, 1961 in Santa Monica, ... See full bio »

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Nothing Sacred
Nothing Sacred Master of Ceremonies
The Show of Shows
The Show of Shows Master of Ceremonies
A Fool's Advice
A Fool's Advice Spencer Brown


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 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Father O'Dowd
- Tom and Jerry (1955) ... Father O'Dowd
 1951 Love Nest
Charles Kenneth 'Charley' Patterson
 1943 Spotlight Scandals
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 1940 They Knew What They Wanted
Father McKee
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Jefferson Anthony Gilman (Jeff)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Master of Ceremonies
 1935 Stars Over Broadway
 1932 A Fool's Advice
Spencer Brown
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
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 1930 Bright Lights
Wally Dean
 1930 Under a Texas Moon
Don Carlos
 1929 The Show of Shows
Master of Ceremonies
 1922 Wicklow Gold (Short)
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Stage Play: Artists and Models. Musical revue. Book by Harry Wagstaff Gribble and Francis 'Bunny' Weldon [credited as Francis Weldon]. Shubert Theatre (moved to The Winter Garden Theatre from 24 Mar 1924-17 May 1924): 20 Aug 1923-17 May 1924 (312 performances). Cast: John Adair, Arthur Boylan, Rose Boylan, Nikola Cunningham, Buddy Doyle, ... See more »


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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In Hollywood, everywhere he went, Frank Fay did not make a lot of friends. A standard joke of the time went "who's got the biggest prick in Hollywood?" Answer: "Barbara Stanwyck." The womanizing, alcoholic Fay's career floundered, while Stanwyck's flourished for decades. In 1935 the two were divorced, and Fay continued his downward spiral, until 1944, when he was chosen to play Elwood P. Dowd in ... See more »

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