Franklin Pangborn (1889–1958)

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Franklin Pangborn - a name more befitting a fictionalized bank president rather than a great comedic actor - was a singular character actor but little is known of his early years. He spent some time in developing acting talent prior to appearing on Broadway by March of 1911, and would do six plays until mid-1913. He was noticeably absent afterward... See full bio »

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Hail the Conquering Hero Reception Committee Chairman
The Bank Dick J. Pinkerton Snoopington
Sullivan's Travels Mr. Casalsis
Now, Voyager Mr. Thompson


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 1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Stevens / Mr. Carter
- The Kadiddlehopper Mural or Clem the Artist (1958) ... Stevens (as Franklyn Pangborn)
- Appleby's Garage (1958) ... Mr. Carter
 1958 The Unchained Goddess (TV Movie)
the Cloud Painter (voice, uncredited)
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- Marriage Royal (1956)
 1957 The Story of Mankind
Marquis de Varennes
 1957 Oh, Men! Oh, Women!
Steamship Clerk (uncredited)
 1953-1956 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Armond the photographer
- Susie's Crusade (1956) ... Armond the photographer
- Suspicion (1953)
 1955 Svengali and the Blonde (TV Movie)
Theater Manager
 1955 The Mickey Rooney Show (TV Series)
Mr. Bean
- The Wedding Present (1955) ... Mr. Bean
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- Uncle Jack (1953)
 1953 Summer Theatre (TV Series)
Clarence Tiffingtuffer
- Myrt and Marge ... Clarence Tiffingtuffer
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Bridal Suite (1953)
 1952 The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (TV Series)
Mr. Canfield
- Late Christmas Gift (1952) ... Mr. Canfield (uncredited)
 1951 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
Gregory Simpson
- Saga of Gregory Simpson (1951) ... Gregory Simpson
 1951 The Alan Young Show (TV Series)
Mr. Deucy
- Shy Neighbors/Clearance Sale (1951) ... Mr. Deucy (uncredited)
 1950 The Hank McCune Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1950)
 1949 Down Memory Lane
Mr. Sennett's Representative / Gilbert Sinclair
 1949 Addio Mimí!
The Cat Lover
 1949 My Dream Is Yours
Sourpuss Manager
 1948 Romance on the High Seas
Rio Hotel Clerk
 1947 The Sin of Harold Diddlebock
Formfit Franklin
 1947 I'll Be Yours
 1947 Calendar Girl
'Dilly' Dillingsworth
 1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee
Theatre Manager
 1946 Lover Come Back
Hotel Clerk
 1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife
Salesman (uncredited)
 1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan (Short)
Railroad Agent
 1945 Tell It to a Star
Horace Lovelace
 1945 You Came Along
Hotel Clerk
 1945 Hollywood and Vine
Reggie Allen
 1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Radio Engineer / Sloan - House Detective
 1945 See My Lawyer
B.J. Wagonhorn
 1944 Reckless Age
Mr. Thurtle
 1944 Allergic to Love
Stewart Ives III
 1944 The Great Moment
Dr. Heywood
 1944 Hail the Conquering Hero
Reception Committee Chairman
 1944 My Best Gal
Mr. Porter
 1943 Never a Dull Moment
 1943 Crazy House
Hotel Clerk
 1943 Holy Matrimony
Duncan Farll
 1943 Honeymoon Lodge
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Franklin Pangborn
 1943 Two Weeks to Live
Mr. Pinkney
 1943 Reveille with Beverly
Vernon Lewis (uncredited)
 1942 Strictly in the Groove
 1942 George Washington Slept Here
Mr. Gibney
 1942 Now, Voyager
Mr. Thompson
 1942 The Palm Beach Story
 1942 Moonlight Masquerade
 1942 What's Cookin'
Professor Bistell
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
Professor Gibney
 1942 Call Out the Marines
 1941 Sullivan's Travels
Mr. Casalsis
 1941 Weekend for Three
Number Seven
 1941 Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
The Producer
 1941 Tillie the Toiler
Perry Tweedale
 1941 Bachelor Daddy
Williams, Club Manager
 1941 The Flame of New Orleans
 1941 A Girl, a Guy, and a Gob
Pet Shop Owner
 1940 The Bank Dick
J. Pinkerton Snoopington
 1940 Christmas in July
Don Hartman - Radio Announcer
 1940 Hit Parade of 1941
 1940 The Villain Still Pursued Her
Bartender (uncredited)
 1940 Spring Parade
 1940 Public Deb No. 1
 1940 Turnabout
Mr. Pingboom
 1939 Fifth Avenue Girl
 1939 Broadway Serenade
 1938 Topper Takes a Trip
Hotel Manager
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Adolf Pumpfel
 1938 Just Around the Corner
 1938 Carefree
Roland Hunter
 1938 Four's a Crowd
 1938 Always Goodbye
Bicycle Salesman
 1938 Three Blind Mice
 1938 Vivacious Lady
Apartment Manager
 1938 Doctor Rhythm
Mr. Stenchfield (Store Clerk)
 1938 Joy of Living
Orchestra Leader
 1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Assistant Hotel Manager
 1938 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Hamilton Montmarcy
 1938 Mad About Music
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1937 Love on Toast
 1937 Thrill of a Lifetime
Sam Williams
 1937 She Married an Artist
 1937 I'll Take Romance
Kane's Secretary (uncredited)
 1937 Living on Love
Ogilvie O. Oglethorpe
 1937 Stage Door
 1937 Danger - Love at Work
Train car waiter (uncredited)
 1937 All Over Town
The Costumer
 1937 It Happened in Hollywood
Mr. Forsythe
 1937 The Life of the Party
 1937 It's All Yours
 1937 The Lady Escapes
 1937 Easy Living
Van Buren
 1937 She Had to Eat
Mr. Phoecian-Wylie
 1937 Dangerous Holiday
 1937 Hotel Haywire
Fuller Brush Salesman (uncredited)
 1937 Turn Off the Moon
Mr. Perkins
 1937 A Star Is Born
Billy Moon (uncredited)
 1937 Step Lively, Jeeves!
 1937 We Have Our Moments
Joe the Bartender (uncredited)
 1937 When Love Is Young
John Dorman
 1937 Swing High, Swing Low
 1937 Bad Housekeeping (Short)
Piano Tuner
 1937 Bridal Griefs (Short)
 1937 They Wanted to Marry
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1937 Rich Relations
Mr. Dwight (as Franklyn Pangborn)
 1937 She's Dangerous
 1937 Dangerous Number
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1937 High Hat
Renaldo Breton
 1936 The Mandarin Mystery
 1936 Three Smart Girls
Jeweler (uncredited)
 1936 Hats Off
Mr. Churchill (as Franklyn Pangborn)
 1936 In His Steps (uncredited)
 1936 Swing Banditry (Short)
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1936 My Man Godfrey
Guthrie (uncredited)
 1936 To Mary - with Love
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
The Tailor (uncredited)
 1936 Doughnuts and Society
 1936 Give Us This Night
Forcellini's Secretary
 1936 Don't Gamble with Love
 1936 Tango
Oscar the Photographer
 1935 1, 000 Dollars a Minute
 1935 She Couldn't Take It
Spot's Secretary (uncredited)
 1935 She Married Her Boss
Window Dresser (uncredited)
 1935 Ye Olde Saw Mill (Short)
Harold Goodfellwo
 1935 The Captain Hits the Ceiling (Short)
Jimmy Martin
 1935 The Headline Woman
 1935 Eight Bells
 1935 Father Knows Best (Short)
The Helpful Butler
 1935 Hollywood Trouble (Short)
 1934 Henry's Social Splash (Short)
The Butler
 1934 College Rhythm
 1934 Flirtation
 1934 Imitation of Life
Mr. Carven (uncredited)
 1934 My Grandfather's Clock (Short)
Dr. Watkins
 1934 Tomorrow's Youth
Thornton - the Tutor
 1934 That's Gratitude
 1934 Young and Beautiful
Radio Announcer
 1934 King Kelly of the U.S.A.
J. Ashton Brockton
 1934 Financial Jitters (Short)
Grady's Uncle
 1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers
Town Crier (uncredited)
 1934 Many Happy Returns
Allen's Secretary
 1934 Strictly Dynamite
Mr. Bailey
 1934 Manhattan Love Song
Garrett Wetherby
 1934 Unknown Blonde
Male Co-Respondent
 1934 Up and Down (Short)
 1933 Flying Down to Rio
Hammerstein - the Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1933 Design for Living
Mr. Douglas, Theatrical Producer
 1933 Only Yesterday
Tom (uncredited)
 1933 Wild Poses (Short)
Otto Phocus, the portrait photographer
 1933 Open Sesame (Short)
 1933 Menu (Short)
John Xavier Omsk (uncredited)
 1933 Headline Shooter
Adolphus G. Crocker
 1933 The Important Witness
 1933 Bed of Roses
 1933 Torchy's Loud Spooker (Short)
Office Manager
 1933 Thundering Taxis (Short)
 1933 Professional Sweetheart
Herbert Childress
 1933 International House
Hotel Manager
 1933 Dream Stuff (Short)
 1933 Torchy Turns Turtle (Short)
Office Manager
 1933 Sweet Cookie (Short)
Mr. Clark
 1933 Sing, Bing, Sing (Short)
 1933 Sweepings
Photographer (uncredited)
 1933 Art in the Raw (Short)
The Artist
 1933 Easy on the Eyes (Short)
Franklyn Pierce
 1933 The Singing Boxer (Short)
Herbert Brocolli
 1933 Torchy's Kitty Coup (Short)
Office Manager
 1933 Blue of the Night (Short)
Gilbert Sinclair
 1932 Sign Here (Short)
 1932 The Human Fish (Short)
Albert Hill - Marge's Boyfriend
 1932 The Half-Naked Truth
Mr. Wellburton - Hotel Clerk
 1932 Torchy Rolls His Own (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 Over the Counter (Short)
Drake's Assistant (as Franklyn Pangborn)
 1932 Tee for Two (Short)
 1932 Torchy's Busy Day (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 The Giddy Age (Short)
 1932 The Singing Plumber (Short)
Undetermined Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1932 What Price Taxi (Short)
Taxi Boy
 1932 Up Popped the Ghost (Short)
 1932 The Candid Camera (Short)
Jack Townes
 1932 The Loud Mouth (Short)
Freddie Quimby
 1932 Doctor's Orders (Short)
 1932 Torchy's Two Toots (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 Jimmy's New Yacht (Short)
 1932 Lighthouse Love (Short)
Pvt. Jerry Stone (as Franklyn Pangborn)
 1932 Torchy Raises the Auntie (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 Torchy's Night Cap (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 A Fool's Advice
Egbert - Hotel Clerk (as Franklyn Pangborn)
 1932 Torchy Turns the Trick (Short)
Office Manager
 1932 Perfect Control (Short)
 1932 Stepping Sisters
 1931 Hollywood Halfbacks (Short)
 1931 Camping Out (Short)
 1931 Torchy Passes the Buck (Short)
Office Manager
 1931 Torchy (Short)
Office Manager
 1931 A Woman of Experience
Hans - a Sailor
 1931 Against the Rules (Short)
 1931 Chasing Trouble (Short)
 1931 Rough House Rhythm (Short)
 1931 Hot Wires (Short)
 1931 What a Time (Short)
 1931 It Happened in Hollywood (Short)
 1931 Next Door Neighbors (Short)
The Landlord
 1930 Over the Radio (Short)
 1930 Breakfast in Bed (Short)
 1930 Sunny
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1930 A Lady Surrenders
 1930 Who's the Boss (Short)
The Hen-Pecked Husband
 1930 The Doctor's Wife (Short)
The Doctor
 1930 Her Man
 1930 The Chumps (Short)
Eddie Gray
 1930 Cheer Up and Smile
 1930 Reno or Bust (Short)
The Hen-Pecked Husband
 1930 Not So Dumb
Vincent Leach
 1930 Poor Aubrey (Short)
Aubrey Piper
 1929 The Sap
Ed Mason
 1929 The Crazy Nut (Short)
The Doctor
 1929 Happy Birthday (Short)
The Henpecked Husband
 1929 Lady of the Pavements
M'sieu Dubrey, Dance Master
 1928 The Rush Hour
Troublemaker at Bohemia Cafe (uncredited)
 1928 On Trial
 1928 A Blonde for a Night
 1927 My Friend from India
William / Tommy Valentine
 1927 The Girl in the Pullman
Hector Brooks
 1927 The Cradle Snatchers
Howard Drake
 1927 The Night Bride
John Stockton
 1927 High Hat
Undetermined Role
 1927 Getting Gertie's Garter
Algy Brooks
 1927 Finger Prints
The Bandoline Kid
 1926 Exit Smiling
Cecil Lovelace
 1926 The Jelly Fish (Short)
Clarence - the Jelly Fish (as Frank Pangborn)
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Stage Play: Joseph and His Brethren. Written by Louis N. Parker. Directed by Louis N. Parker and Frederick Stanhope [earliest Broadway credit]. Century Theatre: 11 Jan 1913- Apr 1913 (closing date unknown/121 performances). Cast: Brandon Tynan (as "Joseph"), William T. Carleton, Sidney D. Carlyle, Edwin Cushman, Pauline Frederick (as "... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Franklyn Pangborn | Frank Pangborn


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My father was a member of a life insurance company and both he and mother frowned on my stage aspirations. To mention the stage to my mother was to bring a tragic look on her face and a sob in her voice. See more »


Died after surgery for a malignant tumor. See more »


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