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Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Spokane, Washington, USA  (heart attack)

Mini Bio (1)

Frank Fontaine was born on April 19, 1920 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (1962), The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) and Nancy Goes to Rio (1950). He was married to Alma Clair Wakeham. He died on August 4, 1978 in Spokane, Washington, USA.

Spouse (1)

Alma Clair Wakeham (17 August 1937 - 4 August 1978) (his death) (11 children)

Trivia (7)

Parents were circus performers: father Ray Fontaine - strong man and mother Anna McCarthy - trapeze artist.
He had a good singing voice when not in character, something he proved both on Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine (1962) and in the best-selling album "Songs I Sing on 'The Jackie Gleason Show'". The latter went to number one on the Billboard Album Charts in 1962.
Inducted into the Haverhill [Massachusetts] Citizens Hall of Fame.
The character and voice of "Pete Puma" in the Warner Brothers cartoon Rabbit's Kin (1952) was based on Fontaine's character of "Crazy Guggenheim." Pete's voice was provided by Stan Freberg. Freberg reprised this voice in another Warners cartoon and in 1990 on Tiny Toon Adventures (1990).
Father of 11 children.
As with fellow "professional drunks" Jack Norton and Foster Brooks, he was a nondrinker in private life.
On the commentary of The Simpsons (1989) Season Five DVD, the show writers admit that Barney Gumble was based in part on Fontaine's Crazy Guggenheim.

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