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Billy Franey (1889–1940)

William 'Billy' Franey was a leading comic character actor of dishevelled appearance and fuzzy moustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His screen career began around 1913, with leads in the 'Joker' comedy series released by Universal. He was co-starred with Louise Fazenda (until her departure for Keystone in 1915) and, subsequently,... See full bio »

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 1941 It Happened All Night (Short)
Edgar's Father-in-law
 1941 Mad About Moonshine (Short)
Vivien's Father
 1940 Drafted in the Depot (Short)
Vivien's Father
 1940 The Fargo Kid
Deaf Barfly (uncredited)
 1940 Trailer Tragedy (Short)
Vivien's Father
 1940 Triple Justice
Abernathy (uncredited)
 1940 Sunk by the Census (Short)
Vivien's Pop (as Bill Franey)
 1940 Stage to Chino
Soap Customer (uncredited)
 1940 Prairie Law
Reports Well Is Dry (uncredited)
 1940 'Taint Legal (Short)
Vivien's Father
 1940 Bullet Code
Old Bathing Gent (uncredited)
 1940 The Saint's Double Trouble
Street Shooting Witness (uncredited)
 1939 Kennedy the Great (Short)
Pop, Vivien's Father
 1939 The Marshal of Mesa City
Dance Bartender (uncredited)
 1939 The Fighting Gringo
Tom - Courtney's Cook (uncredited)
 1939 Feathered Pests (Short)
Pop, Vivien's Father
 1939 Baby Daze (Short)
Pop-Vivien's Father
 1939 Panama Lady
Drunk (uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1939 Clock Wise (Short)
Vivien's Father (as Bill Franey)
 1939 Maid to Order (Short)
Pop, Viviens father
 1938 A Clean Sweep (Short)
Bill
 1938 Next Time I Marry
Hobo Witness at End (uncredited)
 1938 Beaux and Errors (Short)
Pop, Vivien's Father
 1938 Fool Coverage (Short)
Pop, Vivian's Father
 1938 Kennedy's Castle (Short)
Pop, Vivian's father
 1938 Go Chase Yourself
Bit Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1938 This Marriage Business
Dave - the Jailer (uncredited)
 1938 False Roomers (Short)
McReady
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Butcher (uncredited)
 1938 Ears of Experience (Short)
Florence's Father (as Bill Franey)
 1938 The Dummy Owner (Short)
 1937 Quick Money
Hotel Clerk Walter (as William Franey)
 1937 Edgar & Goliath (Short)
Pop, Florence's father
 1937 Partners in Crime
Jail Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 Morning, Judge (Short)
 1937 Tramp Trouble (Short)
 1937 Exclusive
News Vendor (uncredited)
 1937 Range Defenders
Plays Jukebox (uncredited)
 1937 Dumb's the Word (Short)
Painter
 1937 Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm
Old Barfly Near Cash Register (uncredited)
 1937 Locks and Bonds (Short)
Pop
 1937 Round-Up Time in Texas
Man with Cigar on Ship (uncredited)
 1936 Two Lame Ducks (Short)
 1936 The Man I Marry
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1936 Ghost-Town Gold
Townsman (uncredited)
 1936 Ride 'Em Cowboy
Barfly (uncredited)
 1936 Dummy Ache (Short)
Man with Pitchfork
 1936 Disorder in the Court (Short)
Juror (uncredited)
 1936 Wholesailing Along (Short)
 1936 Give Us This Night
Prisoner (uncredited)
 1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Barbecue Cook (uncredited)
 1935 Case of the Missing Man
Sign Man on Ladder (uncredited)
 1935 Here Comes Cookie
Old Crony (uncredited)
 1935 The Roaring West
Bartender (uncredited)
 1935 Border Brigands
Man Outside Bank (uncredited)
 1935 Vagabond Lady
Admiral - Tony's Jailmate (uncredited)
 1935 Old Sawbones (Short)
Bill, Boarding School Caretaker
 1935 Five Bad Men
Billy
 1935 Restless Knights (Short)
Attendant (uncredited)
 1934 The Dancing Millionaire (Short)
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1934 'Neath the Arizona Skies
Old Prospector (uncredited)
 1934 Bandits and Ballads (Short) (as Bill Franey)
 1934 Flirtation (uncredited)
 1934 The Fuller Gush Man (Short)
Exterminator
 1934 The Star Packer
Henchman in the Stump
 1934 The Hell Cat
Watchman (uncredited)
 1934 The Great Flirtation
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1934 Now I'll Tell
Messenger (uncredited)
 1934 Private Scandal
Macey - Night Watchman (uncredited)
 1934 Fighting to Live
Druggist (uncredited)
 1934 She Made Her Bed
Waiter (uncredited)
 1934 Western Racketeers
The informer (as Bill Franey)
 1934 Ever Since Eve
Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
 1934 Come On, Marines!
Henderson (uncredited)
 1934 No More Women
Oscar
 1933 Girl Trouble (Short)
Deputy / Dogcatcher
 1933 Luncheon at Twelve (Short)
Assistant Painter (uncredited)
 1933 War of the Range
Tony (as Billie Franey)
 1933 Kickin' the Crown Around (Short)
Wiggle Inn Pie Customer (uncredited)
 1933 The Fiddlin' Buckaroo
Postmaster Dan (as Wm. Franey)
 1933 The Gallant Fool
Leyton's Friend (uncredited)
 1933 Somewhere in Sonora
Shorty
 1933 A Merchant of Menace (Short)
Onlooker
 1933 The Constant Woman
Drunk (uncredited)
 1933 The Thundering Herd
Baldy (uncredited)
 1932 Renegades of the West
Little Barfly (uncredited)
 1932 Now We'll Tell One (Short)
Booze Hound (uncredited)
 1932 The Millionaire Cat (Short)
 1932 Texas Buddies
Sleepy Townsman (uncredited)
 1932 Between Fighting Men
Town Drunk (uncredited)
 1932 The Fighting Gentleman
Diner Customer (uncredited)
 1932 Heritage of the Desert
Naab Man (uncredited)
 1932 The Night of June 13
Jimmy - Trash Collector (uncredited)
 1932 Come On, Tarzan
Chuck Wagon Cook (uncredited)
 1932 The Iceman's Ball (Short)
Long Shirt Charlie
 1932 Ghost Valley
Scrubby Watson (uncredited)
 1932 The Miracle Man
Townsman (uncredited)
 1932 Dumb Dicks (Short)
Janitor
 1932 Guests Wanted (Short)
First Miner
 1932 Partners
C.A. 'Carry All' Roach
 1932 Ghost City
Barfly (uncredited)
 1931 Freighters of Destiny
'Ready'
 1931 Slow Poison (Short)
 1931 White Renegade
Trapper
 1931 Howdy Mate (Short)
 1931 The Sheriff's Secret (as Bill Franey)
 1931 Hello Napoleon (Short)
The Doctor
 1931 Frozen Face (Short)
 1931 The Avenger
Bartender (uncredited)
 1930 Love Among the Millionaires
Railroad Man at Lunch Counter (uncredited)
 1930 The Fighting Legion
Bartender (uncredited)
 1930 Loose Ankles
Circus Cafe Waiter (uncredited)
 1929 The Broadway Hoofer
Baggage Man
 1929 Uncle's Visit (Short)
Smitty's Father (as William Franey)
 1929 The Heroic Lover (as William Franey)
 1929 No Children (Short)
 1929 The Royal Rider
Wild West Show Member (as William Franey)
 1929 Cheyenne
Judge Boggs (as William Franey)
 1928 Give and Take (uncredited)
 1928 The Glorious Trail
Jimmy Bacon
 1928 Five and Ten Cent Annie
Guest (as Bill Franey)
 1928 The Canyon of Adventure
Buzzard Koke
 1928 Under the Tonto Rim
'One Punch' (as William Franey)
 1927 Aflame in the Sky
Cookie (as Bill Franey)
 1927 She's a Sheik
Joe
 1927 Out All Night
Taxi Driver
 1927 Custard's Last Stand (Short)
 1927 The Racing Fool
Henry Briggs (as William Franey)
 1927 The Royal American
Mike
 1927 The Lost Limited
Rambling Red
 1927 Red Signals
One-Round Hogan
 1927 The Golden Stallion
Stage Driver
 1926/II Adorable Dora (Short)
 1926 Not Guilty! (Short)
Drunken witness
 1926 Business Worries (Short)
Arthur's Boss
 1926 The False Alarm (as William Franey)
 1926 Fangs of Vengeance (Short)
Goofy Bill
 1926 Moran of the Mounted
'Mooch' Mullens
 1926 Senor Daredevil
The Cook
 1926 Code of the Northwest
Posty McShanigan
 1926 The Dead Line
'Extra' Long
 1926 She's a Prince (Short)
 1926 The King of the Turf
Soup Conley (as William Franey)
 1926 A Desperate Moment
Sam (as Bill Franey)
 1926 Danger Quest
Rolf Royce
 1925 S.O.S. Perils of the Sea
Pete (as William Franey)
 1925 Salute (Short)
 1925 Lame Brains (Short)
 1925 Manhattan Madness
Zeke
 1925 The Great Sensation
Harry Ruby (as William Franey)
 1925 Kit Carson Over the Great Divide
Oswald Bliffing
 1925 Assorted Nuts (Short)
F.D. Alexander (as William Franey)
 1925 The Iron Mule (Short)
 1925 The Butterfly Man (Short)
 1925 Slow Dynamite
Billy Blitz - his Chauffeur
 1924 Let Him Buck
 1924 Bring on the Circus (Short)
 1924 The Captivatin' Cannibal (Short)
 1924 One Glorious Fourth (Short)
 1924 Billy's Weekend (Short)
 1924 Benjamin Franklin (Short)
Benjamin Franklin (as William Franey)
 1924 Columbus and Isabella (Short)
Columbus (as William Franey)
 1924 Border Women
McGilligan (as William Franey)
 1924 The Fire Patrol
Fireman (uncredited)
 1924 Circus Lure
 1924 The Flower Girl (Short)
 1924 North of Alaska (as Bill Franey)
 1924 Mile-a-Minute Morgan
Philo Brown
 1923 Tea: With a Kick!
Convict Hooney (as Bill Franey)
 1923/I Something About Nothing (Short)
 1923 The Town Scandal
Lysander Sprowl (as William Franey)
 1922 A Kissless Bride (Short)
 1922 Hot and Cold (Short)
 1922/II No Brains (Short)
 1922 Peace in Pieces (Short)
 1922 This Way Out (Short)
 1922 Quincy Adams Sawyer
Bob Wood
 1922 A Western Demon
The Cook
 1922 Highly Polished (Short)
 1921 In the Trenches (Short)
 1921 The Bath Dub (Short)
 1921 The Chef (Short)
 1921 The Chiropodist (Short)
 1921 The Janitor (Short)
 1921 The Plumber (Short)
 1921 The Sleuth (Short)
 1921 A Knight of the West
Mana Palover
 1921 Custard's Last Stand (Short)
 1921 Why Worry? (Short)
 1921 Skirts (as William Franey)
 1920 Help (Short)
 1920/I In and Out (Short)
 1920 Kid (Short)
 1920 The Bullfighter (Short)
 1920 The Champeen (Short)
 1920 The Landlady (Short)
 1920 The Moocher (Short)
 1920 The Pest Undressed (Short)
 1920 The Cameraman (Short)
 1920/II The Thief (Short)
 1920 The Live Wire (Short)
The Electrician's Assistant
 1920 The Referee (Short)
The Referee
 1920 Pile Driver (Short)
 1920 The Moonshiner (Short)
 1920 Dry Cleaned (Short)
 1920 Fixing Lizzie (Short)
 1920/I Getting His Goat (Short)
The Old Man
 1920 Hard Cider (Short)
 1920 Kidnapped (Short)
 1920 Play Hooky (Short)
The Fisherman
 1920 Tarred and Feathered (Short)
 1920 The Glutton (Short)
 1920 The Hasher (Short)
 1920 The Professor (Short)
 1920 The Snitch (Short)
 1920 The Dog Catcher (Short)
The Dog Catcher
 1920/I The Paper Hanger (Short)
 1920 The Water Plug (Short)
 1920 Her Naughty Wink (Short)
 1920/II This Way Out (Short)
The Husband
 1919 Ham an- (Short)
 1919 The Roaming Bathtub (Short)
 1919 The Yellow Dog Catcher (Short)
 1919 A Model Husband (Short)
 1919 Mixed Wives (Short)
Small Husband (as William Franey)
 1918 The Pie Eyed Piper (Short)
Young Lochinvar (as William Franey)
 1918 The Borrowed Baby (Short)
 1918 Butter Again (Short)
 1918 Who's Your Wife? (Short)
 1918 It's a Cruel World (Short)
 1918 A Playwright's Wrong (Short)
 1918 A Lady Killer's Doom (Short)
 1918 A Sea Serpent's Desire (Short)
 1918 Who's to Blame? (Short) (as William Franey)
 1918 His Punctured Reputation (Short)
 1918 Cave Man Stuff (Short)
 1917 Secret Servants (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Water on the Brain (Short)
 1917 The Shame of the Bullcon (Short)
 1917 I Quit! (Short)
 1917 The Tightwad (Short)
 1917 The Cross Eyed Submarine (Short)
Captain Cremo
 1917 Who Done It? (Short)
 1917 The Wart on the Wire (Short)
 1917 Her Naughty Choice (Short)
 1917 The Masked Marvels (Short)
 1917 Marble Heads (Short)
 1917 The Fountain of Trouble (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Hawaiian Nuts (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Officer, Call a Cop (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Why They Left Home (Short)
Ira Dewberry (as William Franey)
 1917 Behind the Map (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Out Again, in Again (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 O-My the Tent Mover (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 The Battling Bellboy (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Canning the Cannibal King (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 He Had 'em Buffaloed (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Some Nurse (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 His Fatal Beauty (Short)
Ebbie (as William Franey)
 1917 One Damp Day (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Uneasy Money (Short) (as Wm. Franey)
 1917 The Boss of the Family (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 The Last Scent (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 The Man with a Package (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Left in the Soup (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 The Leak (Short)
The Tramp (as William Franey)
 1917 Take Back Your Wife (Short)
John Henpeck (as William Franey)
 1917 The Careless Cop (Short)
The Bonehead Cop (as William Franey)
 1917 A Boob for Luck (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 What the ---? (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917/I Whose Baby? (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Art Aches (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Wanta Make a Dollar? (Short)
Bill (as William Franey)
 1917 Passing the Grip (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Rosie's Rancho (Short)
Bill (as William Franey)
 1917 Mule Mates (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Out for the Dough (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 His Coming Out Party (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Love Me, Love My Biscuits (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Barred from the Bar (Short)
Bill (as William Franey)
 1917 Mines and Matrimony (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 When Damon Fell for Phyllis (Short) (as William Franey)
 1917 Love in Suspense (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 A Tale of a Turk (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Jags and Jealousy (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Their Dark Secret (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 The Tramp Chef (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Scrappily Married (Short)
Dr. Keen (as William Franey)
 1916 A Janitor's Vendetta (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Their First Arrest (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 In Love with a Fireman (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 A Shadowed Shadow (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 A Crooked Mix-Up (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Beans and Bullets (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Father Gets in Wrong (Short)
 1916 The Inspector's Double (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Musical Madness (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 The Deacon Stops the Show (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 The Elixir of Life (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 A Marriage for Revenge (Short)
 1916 You Want Something (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Soup and Nuts (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 She Wrote a Play and Played It (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Kate's Lover's Knots (Short)
 1916 I've Got Yer Number (Short)
 1916 She Was Some Vampire (Short)
 1916 The Harem Scarem Deacon (Short)
Deacon Stillwaters
 1916 An All Around Cure (Short) (as William Franey)
 1916 Bashful Charley's Proposal (Short)
Charley
 1916 Love Quarantined (Short)
 1916 A Dark Suspicion (Short)
Bill Binks (as William Franey)
 1916 A Stage Villain (Short)
 1916 A Raffle for a Husband (Short)
 1916 A Wife for a Ransom (Short)
 1916/I Hubby Puts One Over (Short)
Mr. J. Pottsworth Binks
 1916 His Highness, the Janitor (Short)
Jake - the Janitor (as William Franey)
 1916 The Tale of a Telegram (Short)
Bill Binks (as William Franey)
 1916 It Nearly Happened (Short)
Bilkins
 1916 Muchly Married (Short)
Uncle Richard
 1916 Love Laughs at the Law (Short)
Squire Binks
 1916 Leap and Look Thereafter (Short)
Bill Durham
 1916 Mrs. Green's Mistake (Short)
Mr. Green
 1916 Those Female Haters (Short)
Max's Uncle
 1916 Lemonade Aids Cupid (Short)
 1915 Wanted: A Piano Tuner (Short)
Mr. Spyer
 1915 Stage Struck (Short)
Jane's Sweetheart
 1915 Slightly Mistaken (Short)
Pa (as William Franey)
 1915 Mrs. Prune's Boarding House (Short)
A. Lushes
 1915 Dad's Awful Deed (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 Chills and Chickens (Short)
 1915 Pete's Awful Crime (Short)
 1915 No Babies Allowed (Short)
 1915 At the Beach Incognito (Short)
Rudolph aka The Rat
 1915 The Bravest of the Brave (Short)
Mr. Brown (as William Franey)
 1915 A Dip in the Water (Short)
Binks - Shultz's Rival (as William Franey)
 1915 Their Bewitched Elopement (Short)
Silas - Tom's Father (as William Franey)
 1915 Lady Baffles and Detective Duck in Saved by a Scent (Short)
Crook Accomplice (as William Franey)
 1915 The Village Smithy (Short)
The Hobo (as William Franey)
 1915 A Duel at Dawn (Short)
The French Consul (as William Franey)
 1915 Freaks (Short)
The Show Manager (as William Franey)
 1915 Right Off the Reel (Short)
Binks - the Widow's Sweetheart
 1915 The Mechanical Man (Short)
 1915 When Schultz Led the Orchestra (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 At the Bingville Booster's Barbecue (Short)
Indigestio's Assistant (as William Franey)
 1915 A Duke for a Day (Short)
The Butler (as William Franey, unconfirmed)
 1915 The Lover's Lucky Predicament (Short)
Alfalfa Bill
 1915 Lady Baffles and Detective Duck (Short)
Chief of Police (as William Franey)
 1915 Hiram's Inheritance (Short)
Zeke
 1915 The Lady Doctor of Grizzly Gulch (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 The Runaway Auto (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 Cy Perkins in the City of Delusion (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 Over the Bounding Waves (Short) (as William Franey)
 1915 The Fatal Kiss (Short)
Daylight Luke - Burglar
 1915 The Way He Won the Widow (Short)
The Doctor
 1915 Wedding Bells Shall Ring (Short)
Mr. Richsnop
 1915 Schultz's Lady Friend (Short)
 1915 Back to School Days (Short)
Tom - the City Chap
 1915 The Water Cure (Short)
 1915 Saved by a Shower (Short)
 1915/I Love and Law (Short)
 1915 Fooling Father (Short)
 1915 Won with Dynamite (Short)
Papa Higgins (as William Franey)
 1915 The Plumber Wins the Girl (Short)
Dad
 1915 He Cured His Gout (Short)
Jones
 1915 The Blank Note (Short)
 1915 Fools and Pajamas (Short)
1st Drug Salesman
 1915 Hubby's Cure (Short)
Mr. Brown
 1915 A Mixed-Up Honeymoon (Short)
 1914 Hot Stuff (Short)
Clarence - the Tramp
 1914 His Doctor's Orders (Short)
Henry (as William Franey)
 1914 Love Disguised (Short)
Harry (as William Franey)
 1914 A Dream of a Painting (Short)
Henry Peck (as William Franey)
 1914 He Married Her Anyhow (Short)
The Zebra (as William Franey)
 1914 The Battle of the Nations (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 The De-feet of Father (Short)
Foots (as William Franey)
 1914 When Their Wives Joined the Regiment (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 Across the Court (Short)
Second Story Steve (as William Franey)
 1914 Cruel, Cruel World! (Short)
 1914 In the Clutches of the Villain (Short)
The Scheming Tailor (as William Franey)
 1914/II In and Out (Short)
Murphy - the Butcher
 1914 Love and Graft (Short)
 1914 Jam and Jealousy (Short)
 1914 Oh! What's the Use? (Short)
Shulz's Chum
 1914 The Diamond Nippers (Short)
 1914 What Happened to Schultz? (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 That's Fair Enough (Short)
Heinie (as William Franey)
 1914 The Polo Champions (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 His Wife's Family (Short)
 1914 Love, Roses and Trousers (Short)
 1914 Captain Kidd's Priceless Treasure (Short)
Hezekiah (as William Franey)
 1914 Love and Electricity (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 The Fatal Letter (Short)
 1914 Mike Searches for His Long-Lost Brother (Short)
Sure Shot Schultz (as William Franey)
 1914 Their First Anniversary (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 Schultz the Barber (Short)
 1914 The Bucket Sharpers (Short)
Billy the Kid (as William Franey)
 1914 Mike and Jake in the Clutch of Circumstances (Short) (as William Franey)
 1914 The Chicken Chasers (Short) (as William Franey)
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