Frank Orth

Frank Orth

  • Born on
    • February 20th, 1880
  • Died on
    • March 17th, 1962
Frank Orth was an American actor born in Philadelphia. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series “Boston Blackie”. By 1897, Orth was performing in vaudeville with his wife, Ann Codee, in an act called “Codee and Orth.” In 1909, he expanded into song writing, with songs such as “The Phone Bell Rang” and “Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie.” His first contact with motion pictures was in 1928, when he was part of the first foreign-language shorts in sound produced by Warner Bros. He and his wife also appeared together in a series of two-reel comedies in the early 1930s. Orth's first major screen credit was in “Prairie Thunder,” a Dick Foran western, in 1937. From then on, he was often cast as bartenders, pharmacists, and grocery clerks, and always distinctly Irish. He had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series of films and also in the Nancy Drew series as the befuddled Officer Tweedy. Among his better roles were the newspaper man Cary Grant telephones early in “His Girl Friday,” one of the quartet singing “Gary Owen” in “They Died with Their Boots On” (thereby giving Errol Flynn as Gen. Custer the idea of associating the tune with the 7th Cavalry), and as the little man carrying the sign reading “The End Is Near” throughout Colonel Effingham's Raid. However, Orth is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series “Boston Blackie.” A short, plump, round-faced man, often smoking a cigar, Orth as Faraday wore his own dark-rimmed spectacles, though rarely in feature films. In 1959, Orth retired from show business after throat surgery. His wife died in 1961 after around fifty years of marriage. Orth died on March 17, 1962. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife.

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Acting (41 Credits)

1953Houdini as Mr. Hunter
1951Double Dynamite as Mr. Kofer
1950The Great Rupert as Mr. Frank Dingle
1950Father of the Bride as Joe
1949Red Light as Wallace 'Wally' Stoner
1948The Big Clock as Burt
1947Heartaches as Mike Connelly, Vic's Agent
1947It Had to Be You as Train Conductor
1947The Guilt of Janet Ames as Danny
1946The Strange Love of Martha Ivers as Hotel Clerk
1946Lady in the Lake as Floyd Greer (Uncredited)
1946The Hoodlum Saint as Chronicle Editor (uncredited)
1945The Lost Weekend as Opera Cloak Room Attendant
1942Rings on Her Fingers
1942My Gal Sal as McGuiness
1942Orchestra Wives as Rex Willet
1942Roxie Hart as Bar Client #2 (uncredited)
1942Tales of Manhattan as Secondhand Clothes Dealer (Rogers sequence)
1942The Ox-Bow Incident as Larry Kinkaid (uncredited)
1941Come Live with Me as Jerry
1941I Wake Up Screaming as Cemetery Caretaker
1941Sergeant York as Drummer (uncredited)
1941They Died with Their Boots on as Barfly (uncredited)
1940His Girl Friday as Duffy
1940Boom Town as Barber
1940'Til We Meet Again as Hong Kong Bartender (uncredited)
1940The Doctor Takes a Wife as New York Editor
1940Brother Orchid as Waiter at Fat Dutchy's (uncredited)
1939Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase as Captain Tweedy
1939Fast and Furious as Joe Burke
1939At the Circus as Chef in Diner (uncredited)
1939Fast and Loose as Detective Hendricks
1939Stanley and Livingstone as Newspaperman with Pills
1939Young Mr. Lincoln as Loafer (uncredited)
1939Idiot's Delight as Benny Zinsser
1939Dust Be My Destiny as Wedding Witness on Stage (uncredited)
1939Nancy Drew... Reporter as Captain Tweedy (uncredited)
1938Nancy Drew: Detective as Captain Tweedy
1938Young Dr. Kildare as Mike Ryan
1937Ever Since Eve as Cocktail Waiter (uncredited)
1936Two Against the World as Tommy - Bartender

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