Tuesday, June 12, 2012

''Six Degrees of Vincent D'Onofrio''...Frank Cady...


Frank Cady was born on Septmber 8, 1915 and is best known for his role as 'Sam Drucker'.  He was born in Susanville, California and later moved to Wilsonville, Oregon with his family.  Frank studied at Stanford University where he studied journalism and drama.  It was at Stanford University where he met his future wife, Shirley, to whom he was married 68 years before her death in 2008 at the age of 91 years.   He served an apprenticeship in London where he was in four plays and had his first TV appearance.  When his apprenticeship was over, he returned to Stanford for graduate studies and a position as a teaching assistant.  Later he became an announcer and news broadcaster but put everything on hold to serve in the Army during WWII.  After being discharged from the Army, Frank did a series of plays and had various parts in big name films.  His biggest role was that of 'Sam Drucker' who was a local grocer.  That same character was seen on 'The Beverly Hillbillies', 'Petticoat Junction' and 'Green Acres'.  He was the only actor to have a recurring character on 3 TV sitcoms at the same time.  Also, he was only 1 of 3 co-stars of 'Petticoat Junction' to stay with the series for the entire 7 year run.  Frank's last acting role was in the TV move 'Return to Green Acres' in 1990.  Frank Cady passed away this past Friday, June 8TH, at the age of 96 years old and is survived by a son and daughter.  Find the connection!


JoJo said...

Another great character actor gone. :(

Rose said...

We are losing so many fine people. Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, always will be a favorite.

vikeau said...

I am now completely unable to get the theme songs out of my head. RIP.

Debra said...

The research on this one was fun! There are tons of connections, but right now I'll post just one.

2-Frank Cady was in Return to Green Acres with
1-Dayton Callie was in The Investigator with

vikeau said...

Going for the most obvious one are we Debra?

Nantz said...

Great 2, Debra! I just had to find a connection through 'The Bad Seed' because it's the one movie that has haunted me all my life and solidified my fear of lightning, LOL.

Frank Cady was in 'The Bad Seed' with an uncredited Shelley Fabares who voiced Lois Lane in 'Superman: Brainiac Attacks' with Dana Delaney who is in the soon to be released film 'Freelancers' with 50 Cent who is in the upcoming film 'The Tomb' with Vincent!

Debra said...

Actually, I found two more 2s, but I'll post another connection which - for me - was a little more amusing (it doesn't take much ;oD).

3-Frank Cady was in Million Dollar Duck with
2-Dean Jones was in Clear and Present Danger with
1a-Harris Yulin was in Chelsea Walls and Stuart Saves His Family
1b-Benjamin Bratt was in Thumbsucker
1c-Tom Tammi was in LOCI: Semi-Professional
0-with Vincent

BTW, Nantz, your new background and header are HOT!