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Frank Nelson (II) (1911–1986)

He had one of those instantly identifiable mugs that made you laugh as soon as you saw him. And then he'd open his mouth. Veteran character actor Frank Nelson was here, there and everywhere in the 50s and 60s, usually playing a pop-eyed, hot-tempered foil to the likes of TV's top comedy stars such as Lucille Ball and Jack Benny. Short and chubby, ... See full bio »

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The Jack Benny Program
The Jack Benny Program Clerk / Doctor / Ticket Agent / Floor Manager / Deli Manager / Guess-Your-Age Carny / Himself / Interior Decorator / J.B. Willoby / Lawyer Frank Brandon / Makeup Artist / Masseur / Mechanic / Mr. Nelson - Floor Walker / Mr. Nelson - Salesman / Mr. Nelson - Store Clerk / Passport Clerk #3 / Patient / Photographer / The Interior Decorator / Ticket Taker / Travel Agent / Waiter / Warden
(1953-1963)
Garfield in Paradise
Garfield in Paradise Hotel Clerk / Salesman
(1986)
Dig That Dog
Dig That Dog Narrator
(1954)
Puff the Magic Dragon
Puff the Magic Dragon Tall Doctor
(1978)

Filmography

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 1986 The Malibu Bikini Shop
Richard J. Remington
 1986 Foofur (TV Series)
Dr. Pavlov
- Russian Through New York/Fritz Carlos Bombs Out (1986) ... Dr. Pavlov (voice)
- This Little Piggy's on TV/Fencer's Freaky Friday (1986) ... Dr. Pavlov (voice)
- A Royal Pain/Nothing to Sneeze At (1986) ... Dr. Pavlov (voice)
 1986 Garfield in Paradise (TV Short)
Hotel Clerk / Salesman (voice)
 1985 The Jetsons (TV Series)
Ralph
- Robot's Revenge (1985) ... Ralph (voice)
 1984 Snorks (TV Series)
Governor Wetworth (1984-1986) (voice)
 1983 Alice (TV Series)
Waiter
- Vera's Secret Lover (1983) ... Waiter
 1983 Monchhichis (TV Series)
Wizzar
- Tickle Pickle (1983) ... Wizzar (voice)
 1980 Thanksgiving in the Land of Oz (TV Short)
Hungry Tiger (voice)
 1979 The Little Rascals' Christmas Special (TV Movie)
Sales Clerk (voice)
 1978 Puff the Magic Dragon (TV Short)
Tall Doctor (voice)
 1978 The All-New Popeye Hour (TV Series)
Uncle Dudley (voice)
 1978 Dinky Dog (TV Series)
Uncle Dudley
- Rockhead Hound/Tree's a Crowd (1978) ... Uncle Dudley
- Like It or Lamp It/Lochness Mess (1978) ... Uncle Dudley
- Department Store Dinky/A Hop and a Dink (1978) ... Uncle Dudley
- Castaway Canine/Gondola, But Not Forgotten (1978) ... Uncle Dudley
 1977 The Mouse and His Child
Crow #1 (voice)
 1976-1977 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Co-Pilot / Waiter / Salesman / ...
- When John Comes Marching Home (1977) ... Waiter
- The Defiant One (1977) ... Salesman
- The Hawaiian Connection: Part 2 (1976) ... Co-Pilot
- The Hawaiian Connection: Part 1 (1976) ... Co-Pilot
- Sergeant Gork (1976) ... Soldier
 1975 The Oddball Couple (TV Series)
Spiffy
 1967 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Mr. Austin
- Don't Call Us (1967) ... Mr. Austin
 1967 Love That Car! (Short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1964 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Cecil B. Pomeroy
- The Addams Family Tree (1964) ... Cecil B. Pomeroy
 1964 The New Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Mr. Randolph
- Leave It to Harry (1964) ... Mr. Randolph
 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Conductor
- Lucy Visits the White House (1963) ... Conductor
 1953-1963 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Ticket Agent / Clerk / Doctor / ...
- Return to Broadway (1963) ... Travel Agent
- Jack and the Crying Cab Driver (1962) ... Ticket Agent
- Crazy Airport (1962)
- Death Row Sketch (1961) ... Warden
 1955-1963 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Post Office Clerk / Perkins / Waiter at Breakfast
- Rusty's Birthday (1963) ... Post Office Clerk
- Jose, the Dog Sitter (1963) ... Perkins
- Danny's Big Fan (1959) ... Waiter at Breakfast
- Davy Crockett (1955)
 1961-1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Avedon / Gibson / Mr. Curran
- Office Wife (1962) ... Avedon
- Who Was That Man? (1962) ... Gibson
- The Live-In Couple (1961) ... Mr. Curran
 1960-1962 The Flintstones (TV Series)
Clerk / Rockbind / Rocky Stone / ...
- Wilma's Vanishing Money (1962) ... Clerk (voice)
- A Star Is Almost Born (1962) ... Rockbind (voice, uncredited)
- Fred Flintstone Woos Again (1961) ... Clerk (voice, uncredited)
- The Hot Piano (1961) ... Clerk (voice)
- The Engagement Ring (1960) ... Clerk (voice)
 1962 Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown (TV Series)
Police Officer / Lake Resort Manager
- Sidewalk Peddler's Meddler (1962) ... Police Officer (voice)
- Lake Resort Sport (1962) ... Lake Resort Manager (voice)
 1961 Calvin and the Colonel (TV Series)
Salesman
- Thanksgiving Dinner (1961) ... Salesman (voice, uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Grand Pharaoh / Mr. Russell
- Weekend in Los Angeles (1960) ... Grand Pharaoh
- Luke Gets a Job (1959) ... Mr. Russell
 1960 Mister Magoo (TV Series)
Narrator / Host / Salesman / ...
- Decorator Magoo (1960) ... Salesman (voice, uncredited)
- Marshal Magoo (1960) ... Narrator (voice, uncredited)
- Robin Hood Magoo (1960) ... Narrator / Sheriff of Nottingham (voice, uncredited)
- Magoo at Blithering Heights (1960) ... Concierge (voice, uncredited)
- Rassle Hassle (1960) ... Referee (voice, uncredited)
 1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Frank
 1957 Kiss Them for Me
R.L. Nielson - Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1957 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Cruise Director
- Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana (1957) ... Cruise Director
 1951-1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Ralph Ramsey / Customs Officer / Conductor / ...
- Return Home from Europe (1956) ... Customs Officer
- The Great Train Robbery (1955) ... Conductor
- Ricky's Movie Offer (1954) ... Ben Benjamin (uncredited)
 1957 Kelly and Me
Conductor (uncredited)
 1956-1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Oliver Benson / Mr. Johnson
- The Efficiency Expert (1957) ... Oliver Benson
- Susie's Crusade (1956) ... Mr. Johnson
 1953-1956 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Mr Fischer / Aloysius Kilgallen / Airport Clerk / ...
- Raffle Ticket (1956) ... Aloysius Kilgallen
- Mr. Boynton's Return (1956) ... Airport Clerk
- Safari O'Toole (1955) ... Mr Fischer
- Just Remember the Red River Valley (1954) ... Matthew Jones
- Hospital Capers (1954) ... Mr. Glint - Lawyer
 1955 It's Always Fair Weather
Midnight with Madeleine Announcer (uncredited)
 1955 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Postal Supervisor
- The Letter (1955) ... Postal Supervisor
 1954 So You Want to Know Your Relatives (Short)
Harry Frisby (uncredited)
 1954 Dig That Dog (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1954 It Should Happen to You
Harold (uncredited)
 1953 Money from Home
Radio Exercise Instructor (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Remains to Be Seen
Fleming
 1953 The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (TV Series)
A.K. Bailey
- Pancake Mix (1953) ... A.K. Bailey
 1953 And Baby Makes Two (Short)
Company President
 1953 The Clown
Charlie (uncredited)
 1952 My Pal Gus
Lawyer McNary (uncredited)
 1952 So You're Going to the Dentist (Short)
Mr. Diefendorfer (uncredited)
 1952 Bonzo Goes to College
Dick
 1952 The Lion and the Horse
Instructor on Record (voice, uncredited)
 1952 Here Come the Nelsons
Clifford Hastings (uncredited)
 1952 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Mailman
- Episode #2.23 (1952) ... Mailman
 1952 So You Want to Get It Wholesale (Short)
Salesman (uncredited)
 1951 You Never Can Tell
Police Lt. Gilpin
 1951 Bedtime for Bonzo
Trailer Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Impatient Hotel Guest (uncredited)
 1950 So You're Going to Have an Operation (Short)
Examining Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
 1950 The Hank McCune Show (TV Series)
 1950 When You're Smiling
Jeweler
 1949 So You Want to Be an Actor (Short)
Theatrical Agent (uncredited)
 1949 So You Want to Get Rich Quick (Short)
Internal Revenue Service Man (uncredited)
 1949 Down Memory Lane
Mr. Jefferds, Steve's boss
 1949 Romantic Rumbolia (Short) (voice)
 1949 Bungle in the Jungle (Short) (voice)
 1949 The 3 Minnies: Sota, Tonka and Ha-Ha! (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1949 Beyond Civilization to Texas (Short) (voice)
 1948 Make Mine Freedom (Short)
Dr. Utopia (voice, uncredited)
 1938 Gang Bullets
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1938 International Crime
E.R.O.M. Announcer (uncredited)
 1937 Hold 'Em Navy
Radio Announcer
 1937 Black Legion
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1936 Fugitive in the Sky
Announcer (uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (9 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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5' 9" (1.75 m)
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As a tribute to his place in TV history as a popular and memorable character actor, at least two episodes of The Simpsons (1989) have featured his caricature. See more »

Trademark:

He usually portrayed customer service employees such as clothing salesmen or hotel desk clerks. In his first scene on any particular TV show, his back would be to the camera as the customer approaches and when his assistance is requested, he turns around to the customer and responds in a long, exaggerated, somewhat high pitch, "Yesssssssssssssssssss?"

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