Frank Orth (1880–1962)

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Orth started his career in vaudeville in 1897. He married Ann Codee who would be his wife for fifty years until her death in 1961. Together they were billed as Codee and Orth. He entered movies by making the first foreign language film shorts in sound for Warner Bros. in 1928. That started him on a long career of small parts, often playing cops or ... See full bio »

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Known For

Dr. Kildare's Crisis Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner
The Lost Weekend Opera Cloak Room Attendant


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 1959 Fibber McGee and Molly (TV Series)
Lodge Member
- The Big Dance (1959) ... Lodge Member
 1958 Love That Jill (TV Series)
Mr. Thorndyke
- Bess of the Bowery (1958) ... Mr. Thorndyke
 1957 Captain David Grief (TV Series)
- Feathers in the Sun (1957) ... Dictator
 1957 Code 3 (TV Series)
Mr. Ritchie
- The Fugitive (1957) ... Mr. Ritchie
 1957 Hold That Hypnotist
Beedle - Man in Library (uncredited)
 1956 The Box Brothers (TV Series)
Captain Sam Box
- The Christmas Story (1956) ... Captain Sam Box
- Captain Sam's Testimonial Dinner (1956) ... Captain Sam Box
- Gilly's Birthday (1956)
 1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
- House Guest (1956) ... Charlie
 1955 Not as a Stranger
Greenville Patient (uncredited)
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- Lonely Heart (1955)
 1955 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Uncle John
- Spring Housecleaning (1955) ... Uncle John
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Mr. Hungerford
 1953 Houdini
Mr. Hunter
 1951-1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Inspector Faraday
- Big Tom's Clambake (1953) ... Inspector Faraday
- Narcotic Ring (1953) ... Inspector Faraday
- Grab Bag (1953) ... Inspector Faraday
- Pursuit (1953) ... Inspector Faraday
- Crown Jewels (1953) ... Inspector Faraday
 1952 Something to Live For
Waiter (uncredited)
 1951 Double Dynamite
Mr. Kofer
 1950 The Petty Girl
 1950 Father of the Bride
 1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Nichols
- Lady with Ideas (1950) ... Inspector Nichols
 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen
Higgins (uncredited)
 1950 The Great Rupert
Mr. Frank Dingle
 1949 Bride for Sale
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1949 Red Light
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom
Pop (uncredited)
 1948 Blondie's Secret
Mr. Philpotts
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Candy Butcher (uncredited)
 1948 The Girl from Manhattan
Oscar Newsome
 1948 So This Is New York
A.J. Gluskoter
 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
Evans (uncredited)
 1948 The Big Clock
 1947 It Had to Be You
Train Conductor Brown
 1947 The Gas House Kids in Hollywood
Police Captain
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
Stage Doorman (uncredited)
 1947 Heartaches
Mike Connelly - Vic's Agent
 1947 Born to Speed
Breezy Bradley
 1946 The Show-Off
Mr. Kopec - Superintendent (uncredited)
 1946 Lady in the Lake
Floyd Greer (uncredited)
 1946 Wake Up and Dream
Milkman (uncredited)
 1946 It's Great to Be Young
Franklin Johnson
 1946 The Well Groomed Bride
Waiter (uncredited)
 1946 The Bride Wore Boots
Judge (uncredited)
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall
Henderson - Stage Manager
 1946 Blondie's Lucky Day
Shaving Kit Salesman (uncredited)
 1946 The Hoodlum Saint
Chronicle Editor (uncredited)
 1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
Wild Man (uncredited)
 1945 Doll Face
 1945 She Went to the Races
Bartender Skelly
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Stage Manager at The Bijou (uncredited)
 1945 The Lost Weekend
Opera Cloak Room Attendant
 1945 Tell It to a Star
Augustus T. Goodman
 1945 Wonder Man
Charlie - the Bartender (uncredited)
 1945 Pillow to Post
Clayfield Taxi Driver
 1945 I Was a Criminal
Knoll, the Factory Personnel Manager
 1944 Carolina Blues
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1944 Storm Over Lisbon
 1944 Tall in the Saddle
'Shorty' Davis (uncredited)
 1944 Greenwich Village
Ordway (uncredited)
 1944 The Impatient Years
Counterman (uncredited)
 1944 Wilson
Smith (uncredited)
 1944 Summer Storm
Cafe Maitre d' at End (uncredited)
 1944 Roger Touhy, Gangster
Comic in Theater (uncredited)
 1944 Buffalo Bill
Sherman - Shooting Gallery Owner
 1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Taxi Driver
 1943 Coney Island
Saloon Waiter / Member of Quartette - 'Irish' Number (uncredited)
 1943 Hello Frisco, Hello
Lou, Bartender at Sharkey's
 1943 The Meanest Man in the World
NYC Bartender (uncredited)
 1942 Over My Dead Body
 1942 The Ox-Bow Incident
Larry Kinkaid (uncredited)
 1942 Springtime in the Rockies
Mr. Bickel (uncredited)
 1942 Orchestra Wives
Rex Willet
 1942 Tales of Manhattan
Secondhand Clothes Dealer (Rogers sequence)
 1942 Footlight Serenade
Mike- Stage Doorman
 1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
 1942 The Magnificent Dope
 1942 Henry and Dizzy
Joe McGuire
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1942 To the Shores of Tripoli
The Barber (uncredited)
 1942 Rings on Her Fingers
 1942 Roxie Hart
Idler (uncredited)
 1942 Dr. Kildare's Victory
Mike Ryan
 1942 Right to the Heart
 1942 Blue, White and Perfect
Mr. Toby
 1941 Unholy Partners
Shino McGoon (uncredited)
 1941 Skylark
Subway Cashier (uncredited)
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Barfly (uncredited)
 1941 I Wake Up Screaming
Cemetery Caretaker
 1941 Navy Blues
Joe (uncredited)
 1941 Dr. Kildare's Wedding Day
Mike Ryan
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
T.C. Barrett, the Hobo (uncredited)
 1941 Sergeant York
Drummer (uncredited)
 1941 Broadway Limited
Lew, Roundhouse Cafe Owner (uncredited)
 1941 The Great American Broadcast
Counter Man
 1941 The People vs. Dr. Kildare
Mike Ryan
 1941 Ride on Vaquero
Auctioneer (uncredited)
 1941 Road Show
Joe - Lion Owner (uncredited)
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde
Baxter - Livery Stable Owner (uncredited)
 1941 Come Live with Me
 1941 Respect the Law (Short)
Peter Brennan
 1940 Let's Make Music
Mr. Botts
 1940 You, the People (Short)
Diner Counterman (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Crisis
Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner
 1940 Father Is a Prince
Drugstore Proprieter
 1940 Gallant Sons
Newspaper Foreman (uncredited)
 1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West
Window Washer (uncredited)
 1940 The Bride Wore Crutches
Bartender (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare Goes Home
Mike Ryan (uncredited)
 1940 Boom Town
 1940 Buyer Beware (Short)
Smith (uncredited)
 1940 Pier 13
Dead Pan Charlie
 1940 Gold Rush Maisie
 1940 Maryland
Bookmaker (uncredited)
 1940 Florian
Detective (uncredited)
 1940 La Conga Nights
Dennis O'Brien
 1940 Brother Orchid
Waiter at Fat Dutchy's (uncredited)
 1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife
New York Editor (uncredited)
 1940 'Til We Meet Again
Hong Kong Bartender (uncredited)
 1940 Dr. Kildare's Strange Case
Mike Ryan, Sullivan's Hospital Cafe
 1940 Know Your Money (Short)
Tobacconist (uncredited)
 1940 His Girl Friday
 1939 The Secret of Dr. Kildare
Mike Sullivan
 1939 At the Circus
Chef in Diner (uncredited)
 1939 Fast and Furious
Captain Joe Burke
 1939 Thunder Afloat
Old Sailor in Bilge Area (uncredited)
 1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Captain Tweedy
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Wedding Witness on Stage (uncredited)
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Newspaperman with Pills (uncredited)
 1939 Young Mr. Lincoln
Loafer (uncredited)
 1939 Tell No Tales
Vic - Bartender (uncredited)
 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare
Mike Sullivan - Hospital Cafe Owner (uncredited)
 1939 Broadway Serenade
Mr. Fellows
 1939 Winner Take All
Pete - Bettor (uncredited)
 1939 Society Lawyer
Man in Outer Law Office (uncredited)
 1939 Within the Law
Jim Jenks
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter
Capt. Tweedy (uncredited)
 1939 Fast and Loose
Detective Hendricks (uncredited)
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Benny Zinsser (uncredited)
 1939 Burn 'Em Up O'Connor
Tim 'Mac' McKelvy
 1938 Comet Over Broadway
Cab Driver (uncredited)
 1938 Nancy Drew: Detective
Captain Tweedy
 1938 Young Dr. Kildare
Mike Ryan (uncredited)
 1938 Mr. Chump
Sheriff Frank Hinton
 1938 Think It Over (Short)
Brown, Clothing Store Owner
 1938 Little Miss Thoroughbred
Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
 1938 Flight Into Nowhere
Hammond's Associate (uncredited)
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama
First Leopard (uncredited)
 1938 The Patient in Room 18
Joe Higgins
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Gordon (uncredited)
 1937 Submarine D-1
Roseland Waiter (uncredited)
 1937 Prairie Thunder
Corporal Wichita
 1937 The Footloose Heiress
Justice Abner Messman
 1937 The Devil's Saddle Legion
Judge Barko
 1937 Talent Scout
Burlesque Theatre Manager (uncredited)
 1937 Marry the Girl
Barman (uncredited)
 1937 Ever Since Eve
Cocktail Waiter (uncredited)
 1937 Fly Away Baby
Newsreel Reporter at Airport (uncredited)
 1937 San Quentin
Convict in Bunkhouse (uncredited)
 1937 Land Beyond the Law
Deputy Shorty Long
 1936 Polo Joe
 1936 Hot Money
Hank Ford
 1936 Two Against the World
Tommy - Bartender
 1935 The Payoff
Porter (uncredited)
 1935 The Unwelcome Stranger
 1933 Trouble Indemnity (Short)
Henpecked Husband
 1931 Dumb Luck (Short)
 1931 Sleepy Head
 1931 The Painter (Short)
 1931 The Bitter Half (Short)
The Second Husband
 1931 On the Job (Short)
The Hotel Clerk
 1930 The Victim (Short)
The Husband
 1930 The Salesman (Short)
The Appliance Salesman
 1930 Taking Ways (Short)
The Soft-Hearted Burglar
 1930 Meine Frau (Short)
The Interloper
 1929 Music Hath Charms (Short)
Violin Student
 1929/II A Bird in the Hand (Short)
 1929 Stranded in Paris (Short)
 1929 Meet the Wife (Short)
The Husband
 1928 42nd Street (Short)
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