Frank Fay

Actor + Master of Ceremonies + Comedian
Born Nov 17, 1891

Frank Fay was an American film and stage actor, emcee, comedian, best known as an actor for having played "Elwood P. Dowd" in the play Harvey by the American playwright Mary Coyle Chase on Broadway. James Stewart played the role in the film version.

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1891 Birth Born on November 17, 1891.


1918 26 Years Old He enjoyed considerable success as a variety artist starting around 1918, telling jokes and stories in a carefully planned "off the cuff" manner that was very original for the time. … Read More


1928 36 Years Old Fay married Barbara Stanwyck in 1928, when she was relatively unknown.
1929 37 Years Old When talkies arrived, Warner Bros. studio was eager to put him under contract along with a host of other famous stage personalities. Fay was cast as master of ceremonies in Warner Bros.' most expensive production of 1929, the all-star color all-talking revue The Show of Shows (1929). … Read More
1930 38 Years Old 1 More Event
Fay quickly found himself associated with musical films, and this led to a decline in his popularity when the public became sick of musicals late in 1930. … Read More


1935 43 Years Old The marriage reportedly soured when Fay's career was eclipsed by Stanwyck's success, and they divorced in 1935. … Read More
1937 45 Years Old …  Their troubled marriage is thought by some to be the basis of the 1937 film A Star is Born, in which the previously unknown wife shoots to stardom while her husband's career goes into sharp decline. … Read More


1943 51 Years Old Fay made a brief screen comeback in 1943 for the low-budget Monogram Pictures. … Read More


1961 70 Years Old Died on September 25, 1961.
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