Frank Randolph Cady (September 8, 1915 – June 8, 2012) was an American actor best known for his role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in three American television series during the 1960s – Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies – and his earlier role as Doc Williams on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Frank Randolph Cady
September 8, 1915
Susanville, California, U.S.
|Died||June 8, 2012 (aged 96)|
Wilsonville, Oregon, U.S.
|Resting place||Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, California|
|Other names||Frankie Cady|
Frank R. Cady
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Known for||Sam Drucker|
|Television||The Beverly Hillbillies|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Cady (m. 1940–2008; her death)|
Cady was born in Susanville, California, the youngest of three children of Leon and Clara Cady. In high school, he worked at a local newspaper, The Lassen County Advocate. Cady's family later moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.
He studied journalism and drama at Stanford University, where he was involved with the campus humor magazine, the Stanford Chaparral. Following college graduation, Cady served an apprenticeship at the Westminster Theater in London, appearing in four plays. In England, he made an early television appearance on the BBC in late 1938.
He returned to Stanford in 1939 for graduate studies and a position as a teaching assistant. While at Stanford, Cady met and later married his wife, Shirley Katherine Jones, in 1940. Born in Oakland, California, Shirley Cady, a Stanford graduate, had several vocations – professional singer, teacher, and legal secretary.
Dissatisfied with academia, Frank began a series of jobs two years later, as an announcer and news broadcaster at various California radio stations. His career was put on hold in 1943 when he joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving in England, France, and Germany during World War II.
Television and movie careerEdit
After being discharged from military service in 1946, Cady appeared in a series of plays in the Los Angeles area which led to movie roles, beginning in 1947. In 1949, he had an uncredited speaking role in the classic film noir drama D.O.A.. In 1950, he had another uncredited role in Father of the Bride. He had a small part in the noir classic The Asphalt Jungle (also 1950) playing a witness who refused to identify a robbery suspect. He appeared in George Pal's film When Worlds Collide (1951), and worked with Pal again in 1964 in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
Cady had a prominent role in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (or The Big Carnival, also 1951) and had a small, nonspeaking role in Rear Window in 1954. He played the husband of Eileen Heckart characters in two films: The Bad Seed (1956) and Zandy's Bride (1974). He appeared on the Make Room For Daddy episode that was the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show. He was cast on some radio programs, including Gunsmoke episode #140 ("Outlaw Robin Hood") on January 8, 1955.
In the 1950s, Cady played Doc Williams in Ozzie and Harriet (1953–64). In 1961, he made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as twin brothers Joe and Hiram Widlock in "The Case of the Pathetic Patient". He was prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three television sitcoms at the same time, which he did from 1968 to 1969, appearing on The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction simultaneously. As Sam Drucker, he appeared in 142 of 170 Green Acres episodes during its six-year run from 1965–71. Also as Sam Drucker, he was one of only three co-stars of Petticoat Junction who stayed with the series for its entire seven-year run (1963–70), along with Edgar Buchanan and Linda Henning, appearing in 152 of the show's 222 episodes. He played Sam in 10 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1968–70, and he continued his Sam Drucker role in the final season of Green Acres after Petticoat Junction ended in 1970.
His final acting role was in the television movie Return to Green Acres (1990). In a 1995 interview with the Portland Oregonian Cady spoke of his television career: "You get typecast. I'm remembered for those shows and not for some pretty good acting jobs I did other times. I suppose I ought to be grateful for that, because otherwise I wouldn't be remembered at all. I've got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world."
Cady loved to write humorous poems, limericks, and parodies of songs. He also loved playing golf with friends, as well as traveling; he enjoyed many years of hiking in Switzerland. In 1977, his wife and he moved to Cambria, California. In 1991, they moved again, to his former hometown Wilsonville, Oregon.
Shirley Cady died on August 22, 2008, at the age of 91. The Cadys, who were married 68 years, had two children – daughter Catherine Turk and son Steven Cady. They had three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Frank Cady died at his home on June 8, 2012 at age 96. No specific cause was given. Upon his death he was cremated and his ashes are buried at Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, Los Osos, California in the same plot as his wife.
|1948||He Walked by Night||Pete Hammond||Uncredited|
|1949||Flamingo Road||Tom Hill|
|D.O.A.||Eddie - Bartender|
|1950||The Asphalt Jungle||Night Clerk|
|The Great Rupert||Mr. Taney - Tax Collector|
|Father of the Bride||Engagement Party Guest||Uncredited|
|Emergency Wedding||Mr. Hoff|
|''Experiment Alcatraz||Max Henry|
|Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone||Harry||Uncredited|
|Hunt the Man Down||Showbox Puppeteer|
|1951||Lightning Strikes Twice||Gas Station Man|
|Ace in the Hole||Al Ferderber|
|Let's Make It Legal||Ferguson|
|When Worlds Collide||Harold Ferris|
|1952||The Atomic City||F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg|
|The Sellout||Bennie Amboy|
|1953||Half a Hero||Mr. Watts|
|Marry Me Again||Dr. Day|
|1954||Rear Window||Man on Fire Escape|
|The Indian Fighter||Trader Joe|
|1956||The Bad Seed||Henry Daigle|
|Three Violent People||Dr. Graham||Uncredited|
|1957||The Tin Star||Abe Pickett|
|1958||The Missouri Traveler||Willie Poole|
|The Girl Most Likely||Pop|
|1959||The Man Who Understood Women||John Milstead|
|1964||7 Faces of Dr. Lao||Mayor James Sargent|
|1967||The Gnome-Mobile||Charlie Pettibone||Uncredited|
|1970||The Million Dollar Duck||Assayer|
|1974||Zandy's Bride||Pa Allan|
|1975||Hearts of the West||Pa Tater|
|1990||Return to Green Acres||Sam Drucker||TV movie; final film role|
|1954–1965||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Doc Williams||71 episodes|
|1956||December Bride||"Lily in a Gas Station"|
|Private Secretary||Barney||"Passing the Buck"|
|1957||Broken Arrow||Thaddeus Parker||"Devil's Eye"|
|1958||Maverick||Hamelin||"Rope of Cards"|
|Trackdown||Bob Tail||"The Wedding"|
|1959||The Gale Storm Show||Director||"It's Murder My Dear"|
|Sugarfoot||Lawyer Jay Hollis||"The Mysterious Stranger"|
|1960||The Alaskans||Bradshaw||"The Last Bullet"|
|Make Room for Daddy||Will - Town Drunk||"Danny Meets Andy Griffith"|
|1961||Guestward, Ho!||Harry Crawford||"Bill, the Fireman"|
|Hawaiian Eye||Harvey Gamson||"The Stanhope Brand"|
|Pete and Gladys||Teller||"The Live-In Couple"|
|Perry Mason||Joe/Hiram Widlock||"The Case of the Pathetic Patient"|
|1962||Dennis the Menace||Dr. Ferguson||"The Club Initiation"|
|"The Joey Bishop Show"||Defense Attorney||"Very Warm For Christmas"|
|Cheyenne||Wayne||"The Quick and the Deadly"|
|1963||The Virginian||Mr. Hardy||"The Exiles"|
|Glynis||George||"The Pros and Cons"|
|Grindl||Mr. Burroughs||"The Great Bank Robbery"|
|1963–1970||Petticoat Junction||Mr. Drucker, The General Store Shopkeeper||168 episodes|
|1964||Hazel||Mr. Pincus||"The Flagpole"|
|Gunsmoke||Webb Norton||"Aunt Thede"|
|1965–1966||The Andy Griffith Show||Luke||2 episodes|
|1965–1971||Green Acres||Mr. Drucker, The General Store Shopkeeper||142 episodes|
|1968–1970||The Beverly Hillbillies||Sam Drucker||10 episodes|
|1974||Hawaii Five-O||Judge Edgar Bergstrom||"Mother's Deadly Helper"|
|1974–1975||These Are the Days||Homer (voice)||16 episodes|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||"Hit and Run"|
|1977||ABC Weekend Special||Mr. Minney||"The Winged Colt"|
|1978||ABC Weekend Special||Mr. Sutter||"Soup and Me"|
|1978||ABC Weekend Special||Mr. Sutter||"Soup for President"|
- Slotnik, Daniel E. (June 11, 2012). "Frank Cady, Kept Store on 'Green Acres', Dies at 96". The New York Times. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
- Obituary; accessed February 21, 2014.
- "Frank Cady biography". Official Petticoat Junction Web site. Archived from the original on February 5, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- Obituary, L.A. Times; accessed February 21, 2014.
- "Gunsmoke". OTR.Network Library.
- "Green Acres character actor Frank Cady dies". Associated Press via Yahoo News. June 10, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- Noland, Claire (10 June 2012). "'Green Acres' actor Frank Cady dies at 96" – via LA Times.