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William Frawley (William Clement Frawley)

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Burlington, Iowa, USA
William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910. Four years later he formed a light comedy act with his new wife Edna Louise Broedt, "Frawley and Louise", touring the Orpheum and Keith circuits until they divorced in 1927. He next moved to Broadway and then, in 1932, to Hollywood with Paramount. Read more...

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Character: Mike DeBaere

Bolero 1934

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Character: Hank Meyers

Something to Sing About 1937

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Character: Dusty Turner

Mad About Music 1938

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Character: Scoop Trimble

The Farmer's Daughter 1940

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Character: Chauncey Beheegan

Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga 1941

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Character: Waldo Pincus

Blondie in Society 1941

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Character: Billy Delaney

Gentleman Jim 1942

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Character: Max Dolan - the Publisher

Going My Way 1944

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Character: Eddie Powers

The Fighting Seabees 1944

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Character: Police Sergeant Christie

Lady on a Train 1945

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Character: 'Smooth' Wylie

Flame of Barbary Coast 1945

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Character: William Scanlon

My Wild Irish Rose 1947

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Character: Oliver Harker

The Lady Takes a Sailor 1949

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Character: O'Fleery

Home in San Antone 1949

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Character: Baldy Gunder

Rancho Notorious 1952

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Character: Fred Mertz / Himself

I Love Lucy 1953

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Character: Gabby Mullins

Shower of Stars 1954

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Character: Det. Gladwin

My Living Doll 1964

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Character: Jean La Salle

Monsieur Verdoux 1947

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Character: Gloomy Willie

The Lemon Drop Kid 1951

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Character: Actor 'One Night in the Tropics'

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter 1982

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