Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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!