William Frawley
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William Frawley
William Clement Frawley was an American stage entertainer, screen and television actor. Although Frawley acted in over 100 films, he achieved his greatest fame playing landlord Fred Mertz for the situation comedy I Love Lucy.
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Los Doodles de Google que viste y dejaste de ver en agosto - El Periodiquito
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En el programa también compartía créditos junto a su entonces marido, Desi Arnaz como Ricky Ricardo y con Vivian Vance y William Frawley. El show terminó en 1957, después de 180 episodios. Posteriormente se hicieron algunos ajustes menores al formato
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Dos inventos de Dios para hacer reír a la gente - Lanacion.com (Argentina)
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La clave, en broma, la dio la gran solista de aquel afinadísimo cuarteto que conformaba con Desi Arnaz, su marido en la vida real y en la ficción (Ricky), Vivian Vance y William Frawley (Ethel y Fred, sus vecinos). Alguna vez cuando le preguntaron
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ZONA FRANCA: Sofía Vergara, ¿otra versión de Ricky Ricardo? - El Nuevo Herald
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Al igual que Lucy y Desi, que tenían la magnífica compañía en pantalla de sus vecinos, Ethel y Fred (Vivian Vance y William Frawley), el elenco de Modern Family también está formado por un buen equipo de actores en el que Vergara se ha insertado muy
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<em>I Love Lucy:</em> Voiceover Legend Janet Waldo Recalls Lucy and Desi - TV Series Finale
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Do you remember anything about Vivian Vance and William Frawley? Waldo: Well, they weren&#39;t on that show. On the one episode that I did but, on The Lucy Show, I played Lucy&#39;s sister and Vivian Vance was on that one. Right, now that was about 11 years
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Schick Shadel Hospital sold to Texas health care provider - The Seattle Times
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Schick Schadel was founded in 1935 by two doctors who pioneered aversion therapy for alcoholism treatment. It took the Schick name in the1960s, after being bought by another former patient, Schick Safety Razor CEO William Frawley Jr
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Rehabilitation Health Company Acquires Schick Shadel Hospital - dBusinessNews Dallas (press release)
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In 1964, the facility was purchased and renamed Schick Shadel Hospital by another former patient, William Frawley, Jr., then chairman and CEO of Schick Safety Razor Company. Frawley&#39;s investments launched research that developed aversion therapy
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Game night out - WeHo News
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If my friends didn&#39;t realize this when I ordered and scarfed down my White Anchovy Salad, they certainly did when I loudly proclaimed that it was Vivian Vance and William Frawley who played next-door neighbors Ethel and Fred Mertz!
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'Clubbie' found heaven with the Angels - OCRegister
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He brought tickets and field passes to Autry&#39;s guests, which included actor William Frawley, &quot;Fred&quot; from &quot;I Love Lucy.&quot; He pedaled a Schwinn in Palm Springs to the team&#39;s spring training facility for a promotion in which some players famously ditched
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"Lucille Ball at 100 and 'I Love Lucy' at 60" Celebration at the Hollywood ... - Benzinga
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Co-starring Emmy winner Vivian Vance and William Frawley, The Best Of I Love Lucy is a two-disc set of 14 magnificently restored episodes, a must-have for fans of all ages. “Redheads Only Room&quot; where Max Factor worked on Lucy&#39;s famous look,
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Big Brother Recap: 5 Great, Near-Unbearable Moments from Last Night - TVLine
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Porsche and Keith, the least enthusiastic partnership since William Frawley and Vivian Vance, had separate but similar reasons for throwing the Power of Veto game, a bungee-related relay of puzzle pieces and shuttle runs. Keith wanted to lose so his
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Nobleton Notes - King Township Sentinel
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By the by, while the legendary Al Jolson popularized the song Nothing Could Be Finer Than To Be In Carolina, it was a young William Frawley, known better as Fred Mertz of I Love Lucy fame, that first sang it in the 1922 revue)
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TiVoPlex for Tuesday May 24 2011 through Monday May 30 2011 - Box Office Prophets
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Shot on location in beautiful Carmel, California, Red Light also features Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart, and William Frawley, as well as an original score by Dmitri Tiomkin. No Escape (1994 USA): No escape from your heart, no escape from your lips,
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30s golf legend linked locally - Plattsburgh Press Republican
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A flamboyant, publicity-shy golfer who counted Babe Ruth, Oliver Hardy and William Frawley among his closest friends was arrested in 1937 in California. He was wanted for an armed robbery Aug. 5, 1930, at Hana&#39;s Restaurant in AuSable Forks
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Conn. honors officers killed in line of duty - Stamford Advocate
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Officer Robert Fumaitti of New Haven died in 2008 from wounds suffered in an earlier shooting. Others remembered were Westport Constables George Mills, who died in 1928, and William Frawley, who died in 1936, and Westport auxiliary officer Aldo Santini
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New memorial pays tribute to fallen Westport police officers - Westport-News
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Casey&#39;s great-grandfather, Constable William Frawley, saw his life cut short at age 35 in 1936. The other two men on the memorial are Aldo Santini and George Mills. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News Pictured is the new Westport Police Memorial
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What to Do When Your Parents Can No Longer Manage Their Money - Fox Business
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Around the same time, there was a TV show called “My Three Sons” and one of the characters, Bub--played by William Frawley--could have been a member of my Scots-Irish-American family. At the end of the show&#39;s run in 1965, it was obvious to viewers that
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The Lucy Show (The Official Fourth Season) – DVD Review - Inside Pulse
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But the duo are upstaged by a cameo from William Frawley. Fred Mertz returns for a moment. Stars come fast and furious to the show. “Lucy Helps Danny Thomas” proves she can&#39;t help anyone, but herself. She ends up performing on his show
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'The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season,' 'The Venture Bros. Season 4, Vol ... - The Star-Ledger - NJ.com
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Fred Mertz himself, Ball&#39;s old &quot;I Love Lucy&quot; co-star William Frawley, makes a poignant cameo as a farmhand. (It was Frawley&#39;s final appearance; he died four months after the episode aired.) The best episode — and Ball&#39;s favorite of the series&#39; entire
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Five Things We Would Rather Watch Than The Royal Wedding - IFC
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Start your day with the wacky hijinx of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. You never know where an episode of &quot;I Love Lucy&quot; will end up, but you know you will be laughing. Also, pretty sure Lucy would agree that chocolate is
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Frawley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 78
    On March 3, 1966, Frawley collapsed of a heart attack while walking down Hollywood Boulevard after seeing the movie Inside Daisy Clover.
    More Details Hide Details He was dragged to the nearby Knickerbocker Hotel, where he had previously lived for many years, by his nurse — a constant companion since his prostate cancer operation more than a year before. He then was rushed to the nearby Hollywood Receiving Hospital (now the Hollywood LAPD Precinct) on Wilcox Avenue, where he was pronounced dead. Soon after Frawley's death, Desi Arnaz paid for a full-page advertisement in the newspaper Hollywood Reporter. It had a picture of Frawley, surrounded in black, the dates of his birth and death, and the caption, "Buenas Noches, Amigo!" ("Good Night, Friend!"). Arnaz, Frawley's My Three Sons co-star Fred MacMurray, and executive producer Don Fedderson were pallbearers at Frawley's funeral. Lucille Ball issued the statement: "I've lost one of my dearest friends and show business has lost one of the greatest character actors of all time. Those of us who knew him and loved him will miss him."
  • 1965
    Age 77
    His final on-camera performance was on October 25, 1965 with a brief cameo appearance in Lucille Ball's second television sitcom The Lucy Show with Frawley playing a horse trainer and Lucy commenting, "He reminds me of someone I used to know." (Vivian Vance, who by then had left The Lucy Show except for an occasional guest appearance, does not appear in that episode.)
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    Frawley made two final on-screen appearances before his death. His appearance on the panel show I've Got a Secret on May 3, 1965, consisted of contestants guessing Frawley's "secret", which was that he was the first performer ever to sing "My Melancholy Baby" in 1912.
    More Details Hide Details He performed the song previously on TV as Fred Mertz in 1958 in the "Lucy Goes to Sun Valley" episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.
  • 1960
    Age 72
    Frawley next joined the cast of the ABC (later CBS) situation comedy My Three Sons, playing live-in grandfather/housekeeper Michael Francis "Bub" O'Casey beginning in 1960.
    More Details Hide Details Featuring Fred MacMurray, the series was about a widower raising his three sons. Frawley was originally slated to be the series lead before MacMurray joined the cast, relegating Frawley to supporting player. Frawley reportedly never felt comfortable with the out-of-sequence filming method used for My Three Sons after doing I Love Lucy in sequence for years. Each season was arranged so that main actor Fred MacMurray could film all of his scenes during two separate intensive blocks of filming for a total of 65 working days on the set; Frawley and the other actors worked around the absent MacMurray for the remainder of the year's production schedule. Poor health forced Frawley's retirement from the show after five years. He was dropped from My Three Sons after the studio could no longer obtain insurance for him. He was replaced by actor William Demarest, who played the role of Bub's brother, Uncle Charley, who moved in to keep house and take care of the family in Bub's absence. According to the book Meet the Mertzes, Frawley often would visit the studio after his retirement. He did not hide his resentment of Demarest and was eventually asked not to return to the set.
  • 1957
    Age 69
    In 1957, at the end of I Love Lucy, Ball and Arnaz gave Frawley and Vance the opportunity to have their own "Fred and Ethel" spin-off series for Desilu Studios.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his animosity towards her, Frawley saw a lucrative opportunity and accepted. Vance, however, refused the offer, having no desire to work with Frawley again (fearing another nervous breakdown) and because she felt Ethel and Fred would be unsuccessful without the Ricardos. Afterward, and for the remainder of Frawley's life, Vance and he had very little contact with each other.
  • 1951
    Age 63
    I Love Lucy debuted October 15, 1951 on CBS and was a huge success.
    More Details Hide Details The series was broadcast for six years as half-hour episodes, later changing to hour-long specials from 1957 to 1960 titled The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show (later retitled The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour). Vivian Vance played Ethel Mertz, Frawley’s on-screen wife. Although the two actors worked well together, they greatly disliked each other. Most attribute their mutual hatred to Vance's vocal resentment of having to play wife to a man 22 years her senior. Frawley reportedly overheard Vance complaining; he took offense and never forgave her. "She's one of the finest girls to come out of Kansas," he once observed, "But I often wish she'd go back there." An avid New York Yankees baseball fan, Frawley had it written into his I Love Lucy contract that he did not have to work during the World Series if the Yankees were playing. The Yankees were in every World Series during that time except for 1954 and 1959. He did not appear in two episodes of the show as a result.
    By 1951, the 64-year-old Frawley had appeared in over 100 movies, but was starting to find film role offers becoming fewer.
    More Details Hide Details When he heard that Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were casting a new television situation comedy, he applied eagerly to play the role of the cantankerous, miserly landlord Fred Mertz. Actress Bea Benaderet, a friend of Lucille Ball, was the first choice to play the character of Ethel Mertz. Benaderet was unavailable, however, owing to a prior commitment. One evening, Frawley telephoned Lucille Ball, asking her what his chances were. Ball was surprised to hear from him — a man she barely knew. Both Ball and Arnaz agreed that it would be great to have Frawley, a motion picture veteran, appear as Fred Mertz. Less enthusiastic were CBS executives, who warned of Frawley's frequent drinking and instability. Arnaz immediately told Frawley about the network's concerns, telling him that if he was late to work, arrived drunk, or was unable to perform because of something other than legitimate illness more than once, he would be written out of the show. Contrary to the network's concerns, Frawley never arrived at work drunk, and in fact mastered his lines after only one reading. Arnaz eventually became one of the misanthropic Frawley's few close friends.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1947
    Age 59
    Finding much work as a character actor, he had roles in many different genres of films — comedies, dramas, musicals, westerns and romances. Frawley had a notable performance in the 1947 holiday favorite, Miracle on 34th Street, as Judge Harper's political adviser (who warns his client in great detail of the dire political consequences if he rules that there is not any Santa Claus).
    More Details Hide Details Some of his other memorable film roles were as the baseball manager in Joe E. Brown's Alibi Ike (1935), as the wedding host in Charlie Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947), and as a hard-nosed insurance investigator in My Home in San Antone, with Roy Acuff and Lloyd Corrigan.
  • FORTIES
  • 1933
    Age 45
    He performed subsequently in three other short films, but it wasn’t until 1933 that he decided to develop a cinematic career, beginning with short comedy films, and the feature musical Moonlight and Pretzels (Universal Studios, 1933).
    More Details Hide Details He relocated to Los Angeles and signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.
    He continued to be a dramatic actor at various locales until 1933.
    More Details Hide Details In 1916, Frawley had appeared in two short subject silent films.
  • 1932
    Age 44
    Frawley made his first dramatic role in 1932, playing press agent Owen O’Malley in the original production of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's Twentieth Century.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1925
    Age 37
    Frawley began performing in Broadway theater. His first such show was the musical comedy, Merry, Merry, in 1925.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1916
    Age 28
    Frawley performed on Broadway multiple times and signed a contract with Paramount Studios in 1916 to play in silent films.
    More Details Hide Details Frawley appeared in more than 100 films over 35 years. Frawley was reputed by fellow actors to be cantankerous and difficult, likely exacerbated by a drinking problem. His bad temper led to problems with producers; he was once fired for punching another actor in the nose. When he got the call offering him the part of Fred Mertz on the I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz told him he would only get three chances before getting fired.
  • 1914
    Age 26
    In 1914, Frawley married fellow vaudevillian Edna Louise Broedt (1893–1992).
    More Details Hide Details They developed an act, "Frawley and Louise", which they performed all across the country. Their act was described as "light comedy, with singing, dancing, and patter." The couple separated in 1921 (later divorcing in 1927). They did not have any children. His brother Paul Frawley (1889-1973) also was an actor on Broadway with relatively few appearances in motion pictures.
    In 1914, Frawley and his wife Edna Louise Broedt began performing a comedy act known as "Frawley and Louise"; they continued the act until their divorce in 1927.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1887
    Born
    Born on February 26, 1887.
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