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Billy Franey (William Gerald Franey)

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Biography

Chicago, Illinois, USA
William 'Billy' Franey was a leading comic character actor of dishevelled appearance and fuzzy moustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His screen career began around 1913, with leads in the 'Joker' comedy series released by Universal. He was co-starred with Louise Fazenda (until her departure for Keystone in 1915) and, subsequently, Gale Henry. In 1920, Franey joined an independent company, Reelcraft, where he made a series of one-reel shorts bearing his name. Few of them have survived. Those that have, notably The Plumber (1921) and The Bath Dub (1921), are brilliantly inventive examples of knockabout slapstick comedy. Read more...

Actor

Character: Circus Cafe Waiter

Loose Ankles 1930

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Character: C.A. 'Carry All' Roach

Partners 1932

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Character: Little Barfly

Renegades of the West 1932

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Character: Booze Hound

Now We'll Tell One 1932

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Character: Hobo Witness at End

Next Time I Marry 1938

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Character: Deaf Barfly

The Fargo Kid 1940

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Character: Old Bathing Gent

Bullet Code 1940

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Character: Reports Well Is Dry

Prairie Law 1940

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Character: Vivien's Father

'Taint Legal 1940

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Character: Soap Customer

Stage to Chino 1940

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