Skip to comments.Happy Birthday William Frawley
Posted on 02/26/2014 5:04:49 PM PST by lowbridge
Died: March 3, 1966 (aged 79) Hollywood, California, U.S.
So sorry to learn that he has passed.
Happy B day Fred
Happy B day Bub O’Casey
Desi Arnaz did right by him.
YES! Have to get to bed so I can’t explain. He was a wonderful talent!
He was great as Fred Mertz and also a good actor.
I loved this guy as a kid...he is still the greatest in my book.
“So sorry to learn that he has passed.”
I read about that..... 47 years ago.
Happy 127th Birthday, Fred!
when television had judges who were white, Christian males
One interesting tidbit about “I Love Lucy” was that Ethel was actually younger than Lucy.
Several years ago, I saw Lucille Ball in an old B&W movie and was surprised just how pretty she was.
I actually always found Frawley to be more funny in the 1930s, when he was doing comedic character roles, especially at Paramount. Often played cynical, street-smart con-men, and usually wore a bowler.
She sure looks good in that picture.
Interestingly, I never did think she was that attractive until I saw that B&W movie.
And Vivian Vance had it written into her Desilu “agreement” that she always weigh a certain weight (that kept her 20+ lbs more than Lucy). VV was also very pretty in her own right.
ALL 4 of them were iconic. I wanted to name my daughter “Lucy” but PaDad didn’t agree. She ended up as one of 6 “Melissas” in her graduating class...there were NO Lucys!
My opinion of Frawley was lowered when I learned he treated Vivian Vance like crap.
I always thought Fred was the funniest one in the show.
My Mother always thought Lucy was just silly.
My Sister named her Daughter “Jennifer”. I think at one time half of all girls were named Jennifer.
I was a kid when I Love Lucy came on TV. I have to agree with both you and your Mom but at that time it was the combination I guess that’s made the show so popular. I definitely thought the humor of Fred was the best.
Even as a kid I thought Desi was funny but couldn’t understand how he’d been a singing and musical talent, he couldn’t carry a tune in a basket. LOL
IRC I've read that he wasn't particularly well liked by anyone associated with the show.He apparently had a liking for the bottle which,if true,would lend credence to stories of unpopularity.
He was very difficult to work with according to many affiliated with the show. Just an SOB on and off the set.
They couldn't get over how he buckled them so high up his belly.
"I was waiting for the episode where Fred's pants were buckled so high up that they covered his head."
He was also on My Three Sons before William Demarest.
“”Actor (135 credits)
1965 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
- Lucy and the Countess Have a Horse Guest (1965) ... The Trainer
1960-1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- A Woman’s Work (1965) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- Divorce, Bryant Park Style (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- Robbie and the Nurse (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- The In-Law Whammy (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
- You’re in My Power (1964) ... Michael Francis ‘Bub’ O’Casey
Show all 165 episodes
1964 My Living Doll (TV Series)
- Doctor Is In (1964) ... Det. Gladwin
1964 Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Apartment House (1964) ... Cameo
1962 Safe at Home!
1960/I No Place Like Home (TV Movie)
1957-1960 The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- Lucy Meets the Mustache (1960) ... Fred Mertz
- The Ricardos Go to Japan (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy’s Summer Vacation (1959) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy Wants a Career (1959) ... Fred Mertz
Show all 13 episodes
1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
- The Card Shark (1959) ... Jim Comstock
1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Comeback (1959) ... Joe Grady
1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Freddie and the Turkey Dinner (1958) ... Mr. Thomas
1951-1957 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Lucy Raises Tulips (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Country Club Dance (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Building a Bar-B-Q (1957) ... Fred Mertz
- Housewarming (1957) ... Fred Mertz
Show all 176 episodes
1956 I Love Lucy Christmas Show (TV Movie)
1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
- Bunny on the Beach (1955)
1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
- High Pitch (1955) ... Gabby Mullins
1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
- Dear Madge (1954) ... Sam
1954 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
- Episode #6.23 (1954) ... Fred Mertz
1954 The Dirty Look (Short)
1953 I Love Lucy
Fred Mertz / Himself
1952 Rancho Notorious
1950-1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
- Room for Improvement (1951)
- The First Hundred Years (1951)
- Papa Romani (1950)
1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
1951 Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
1950 Pretty Baby
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
1950 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
- The First Hundred Years (1950)
- Papa Romani (1950) ... (as Bill Frawley)
1950 Kill the Umpire
1950 Blondie’s Hero
1949 East Side, West Side
Bill the Bartender
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor
1949 Red Light
Hotel Night Clerk
1949 Home in San Antone
1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
- The Lady or the Tiger (1949)
1949 The Lone Wolf and His Lady
Inspector J.D. Crane
1949 Chicken Every Sunday
1948 The Girl from Manhattan
1948 Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
1948 Good Sam
1948 The Babe Ruth Story
1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven
1947 My Wild Irish Rose
1947 Blondie’s Anniversary
Sharkey, the Loan Shark
1947 Down to Earth
1947 Mother Wore Tights
1947 I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
1947 Miracle on 34th Street
1947 Monsieur Verdoux
Jean La Salle
1947 Hit Parade of 1947
1946 Crime Doctor’s Man Hunt
Police Inspector Harry B. Manning
1946 The Inner Circle
Det. Lt. Webb
1946 Rendezvous with Annie
1946 The Virginian
1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Martin (’A Sweepstakes Ticket’)
1945 Lady on a Train
Desk Sgt. Brennan
1945 Hitchhike to Happiness
1945 Flame of Barbary Coast
1944 Lake Placid Serenade
1944 Minstrel Man
1944 Going My Way
Max Dolan - the Publisher (uncredited)
1944 The Fighting Seabees
1943 Whistling in Brooklyn
1943 Larceny with Music
1943 We’ve Never Been Licked
1942 Gentleman Jim
1942 Moonlight in Havana
1942 Give Out, Sisters
1942 It Happened in Flatbush
1942 Roxie Hart
1942 Treat ‘Em Rough
1942 The Yankee Doodler (Short)
1941 Public Enemies
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
1941 Cracked Nuts
1941 Blondie in Society
1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Det. ‘Hoppy’ Hopkins
1941 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga
1940 Sandy Gets Her Man
Police Chief J. A. O’Hara
1940 Dancing on a Dime
1940 One Night in the Tropics
1940 The Quarterback
1940 Rhythm on the River
1940 Golden Gloves
1940 Those Were the Days!
1940 Opened by Mistake
1940 The Farmer’s Daughter
1939 Stop, Look and Love
1939 Night Work
Bruiser Brown, the Family Friend
1939 Grand Jury Secrets
1939 Rose of Washington Square
1939 Persons in Hiding
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1939 St. Louis Blues
Inspector J.L. Weber
1938 Touchdown, Army
1938 Sons of the Legion
Uncle Willie Lee
1938 Professor Beware
1938 Mad About Music
1937 Blossoms on Broadway
Frances X. Rush
1937 Something to Sing About
1937 Double or Nothing
1937 High, Wide, and Handsome
1936 Rose Bowl
1936 Three Married Men
1936 The General Died at Dawn
1936 Three Cheers for Love
1936 The Princess Comes Across
1936 Strike Me Pink
1935 Ship Cafe
1935 Harmony Lane
Edwin P. ‘Ed’ Christy
1935 It’s a Great Life
1935 Welcome Home
1935 College Scandal
Chief of Police Magoun
1935 Alibi Ike
1935 Hold ‘Em Yale
1935 Car 99
Training Sgt. Barrel
1934 Here Is My Heart
1934 The Lemon Drop Kid
1934 Shoot the Works
1934 The Witching Hour
1934 The Crime Doctor
1934 Miss Fane’s Baby Is Stolen
1933 Hell and High Water
Milton J. Bunsey
1933 Moonlight and Pretzels
1929 Fancy That (Short)
1929 Turkey for Two (Short)
1925 Should Husbands Be Watched? (Short)
Beat Cop (unconfirmed)
1916 Persistent Percival (Short)
1916 Lord Loveland Discovers America
A very young (and blonde) Lucille Ball was in the FIRST Three Stooges short film.
I remember reading somewhere that he was an alcoholic. Not sure if true or not but that might explain why he was difficult to work with.
Well, if you’re talking about the football-themed short, prominently featuring Ball, “Three Little Pigskins,” it was actually the 3rd or 4th Three Stooges short.
In the first short, “Woman Haters” (also from 1934), Marjorie White was the blonde. A funny little comedienne, she died in a car wreck the following year. But technically, this Columbia film, even though starring the Stooges, was really part of a “Musical Novelties” series of shorts that the studio did. It was still packaged in with the syndicated Stooge films years later, though. The next short, the first ‘official’ Stooge one, would have been “Punch Drunks.”
Of course, even before those were the dozen or so MGM Stooge shorts, which featured Ted Healy lording over them. Never thought too much of those.