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On February 6, 1887, William Clement Frawley was born to Michael A.
Frawley and Mary E. Brady in Burlington, Iowa.
2). Frawley made his first dramatic role in 1932, playing press agent
Owen O'Malley in the original production of Ben Hecht and Charles
What was the play?
3). Back in 1916, Frawley had appeared in two short subject silent
films. He made subsequent appearances in three other short films, but it
wasn't until 1933 that he decided to pursue an ongoing career in the
What was the first film in 1933?
Lucy Gets Her Man
Moonlight and Pretzels
4) William Frawley plays Mike DeBaere (Raoul's brother) in this 1934
What is the film that stars George Raft as the dancer Raoul De Baere?
Larceny with Musi
Hell and High Water
5) In this 1939 film, Frawley plays "The Duke". The movie stars
What was the film?
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
6) Rhythm on the River (1940) is a musical comedy film starring
Bing Crosby and Mary Martin as a ghostwriters whose songs are credited to
a composer played by Basil Rathbone.
Who does Frawley play?
John Scott Trotter
7) Treat 'Em Rough (1942)was a film about a boxer called the
Panama Kid played by Eddie Albert.
Who does Frawley play?
8) Actor Gale Gordon, a friend of Lucille Ball's, was the first choice
to play the character. Gordon was unavailable, however, due to a prior
commitment. One evening, Frawley phoned Lucille Ball, asking her what
his chances were. Ball was surprised to hear from him, a man she only
barely knew from the 1940s. Both Ball and Arnaz agreed that it would be
great to have Frawley, a motion picture veteran, appear as Fred Mertz. Less enthusiastic were CBS executives, who warned Desi of Bill's heavy
drinking and instability. Arnaz immediately leveled with Frawley about the
network's concerns, telling him that if he was late to work, showed up
drunk, or was unable to perform except because of legitimate illness more
than once, he'd be written out of the show. To the contrary, Frawley never
showed up drunk to work, and, in fact, mastered his lines after only one
reading. Arnaz became one of his closest friends.
9) A rabid New York Dodgers baseball fan, Frawley had it written into
his I Love Lucy contract that he did not have to work during the
World Series if the Dodgers were playing.
10) After the end of I Love Lucy,
what was the series he was in
as Michael Francis "Bub" O'Casey?
Andy Griffith Show
My Three Sons
Bye, Bye, Bonnie
11) On March 3, 1966 at the age 79, he
collapsed of a heart attack while walking down Hollywood Boulevard after
seeing a movie. He was rushed to the Hollywood Receiving Hospital, where
he was pronounced dead.
12) Where is William Frawley buried?
San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles,
Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California