Frank Albertson

Frank Albertson

  • Born on
    • February 2nd, 1909
  • Died on
    • February 29th, 1964
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Francis Healey Albertson (February 2, 1909 – February 29, 1964) was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age thirteen. He had supporting roles in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Psycho (1960). Albertson made well over 100 appearances (1923–1964) in movies and television. In his early career he often sang and danced in such films as Just Imagine (1930) and A Connecticut Yankee (1931). He was featured in Alice Adams (1935) as the title character's brother, and in Room Service (1938) he played opposite the Marx Brothers. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II. As he aged he moved from featured roles to supporting and character parts—in his later career he can be seen as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946). Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of the CBS western television series My Friend Flicka. He guest starred in the early NBC western series The Californians and twice in the David Janssen crime drama Richard Diamond, Private Detective. He was cast in 1959 and 1962 in different roles on Walter Brennan's sitcom The Real McCoys. In 1960, he appeared as General Devery in the episode "Strange Encounter" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series Colt .45. In 1960, he played the wealthy rancher Tom Cassidy at the beginning of Psycho (1960) who provides the $40,000 in cash that Janet Leigh's character later steals. In the 1960-61 television season, he played the character Mr. Cooper in five episodes of the CBS sitcom Bringing Up Buddy, starring Frank Aletter. In 1964, Albertson was cast as Jim O'Neal in the episode "The Death of a Teacher" of the NBC education drama Mr. Novak. One of his final screen appearances was as "Sam," the bewildered mayor of Sweet Apple, Ohio, in the 1963 film musical Bye Bye Birdie. His last appearance was on The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played a Marine commander completing an inspection. The episode aired on May 19, 1964, three months after Albertson died.

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Acting (23 Credits)

1963Bye Bye Birdie as Mayor
1963Johnny Cool as Bill Blakely
1960Psycho as Tom Cassidy
1958The Last Hurrah as Jack Mangan
1957The Enemy Below as Lt. J.G. Crain
1956Nightfall as Dr. Edward Gurston
1956The Man Who Knew Too Much as Worker at the Taxidermist's (uncredited)
1947The Hucksters as Max Herman
1946It's a Wonderful Life as Sam Wainwright
1942Wake Island as Johnny Rudd
1941Man Made Monster as Mark Adams
1940When the Daltons Rode as Emmett Dalton
1939Bachelor Mother as Freddie Miller
1938Room Service as Leo Davis
1938The Shining Hour as Benny Collins
1937Navy Blue and Gold as Weeks
1936Fury as Charlie Wilson
1935Alice Adams as Walter Adams
1935Ah Wilderness! as Arthur Miller
1933Ever in My Heart as Sam Archer
1931Way Back Home as David Clark
1930Just Imagine as RT-42
1923The Covered Wagon as Bit (uncredited)

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