William Frawley Biography

Place of Birth: Burlington, Iowa
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Wiki Biography: William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910. Four years later he formed a light comedy act with his new wife Edna Louise Broedt, "Frawley and Louise", touring the Orpheum and Keith circuits until they divorced in 1927. He next moved to Broadway and then, in 1932, to Hollywood with Paramount. By 1951, when he contacted Lucille Ball about a part in her TV show "I Love Lucy" (1951), he had performed in over 100 films. His Fred Mertz role lasted until the show ended in 1960, after which he did a five-year stint on "My Three Sons" (1960). Poor health forced his retirement. He collapsed of a heart attack on March 3, 1966, aged 79, walking along Hollywood Boulevard after seeing a movie. He is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
I Love Lucy Fred Mertz 1956 - 1957 Comedy
The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour Fred Mertz 1957 Comedy
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour Fred Mertz 1957 Comedy
Safe at Home 1962 Comedy
Desire 2006 - Comedy
Van de gekke O'Malley 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Desire 1936 Comedy, Romance, Crime
The Princess Comes Across 1936 Comedy, Mystery, Romance
The General Died at Dawn 1936 Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Something to Sing About 1937 Comedy, Musical
Rose of Washington Square 1939 Drama, Musical
One Night in the Tropics 1940 Comedy, Musical
The Bride Came C.O.D. 1941
Roxie Hart 1942 Comedy, Romance
Gentleman Jim Billy Delaney 1942 Drama, Romance
The Fighting Seabees 1944 Romance
Flame of Barbary Coast 1945 Biography, Fantasy
Lady on a Train 1945 Comedy, Crime
Mother Wore Tights 1947
The Babe Ruth Story 1948 Drama, Sport
Kill the Umpire 1950 Comedy, Sport
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950 Crime, Drama
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man 1951 Comedy, Horror, Sci Fi
The Lemon Drop Kid 1951 Comedy, Music, Romance
I Love Lucy Fred Mertz 1951 Comedy, Family
Rhubarb 1952 Comedy, Family, Sport
Rancho Notorious 1952 Drama
Miracle on 34th Street Charlie Halloran 1994 0, 0, 0