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William Frawley

What do you know about William Frawley
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1) On February 6, 1887, William Clement Frawley was born to Michael A. Frawley and Mary E. Brady in Burlington, Iowa.William Frawley

  • True or False?

2). Frawley made his first dramatic role in 1932, playing press agent Owen O'Malley in the original production of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's play.
What was the play?

  1. Twentieth Century

  2. Kingdom Come

  3. Highway

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 movies.
What was the first film in 1933?

  1. Lucy Gets Her Man

  2. Public Enemie

  3. Moonlight and Pretzels

4) William Frawley plays Mike DeBaere (Raoul's brother) in this 1934 film.
What is the film that stars George Raft as the dancer Raoul De Baere?

  1. Boler

  2. Larceny with Musi

  3. Hell and High Water

5) In this 1939 film, Frawley plays "The Duke".  The movie stars Mickey Rooney. 
What was the film?

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  2. Desire

  3. Gunsmoke

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?

  1. Uncle Caleb

  2. Mr. Westlake

  3. 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?

  1. Snake Eyes

  2. Gray Kingsford

  3. Hotfoot

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.

  • True or False?

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.

  • True or False?

10) After the end of I Love Lucy, what was the series he was in as Michael Francis "Bub" O'Casey?

  1. Andy Griffith Show

  2. My Three Sons

  3. 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.

  • True or False?

12) Where is William Frawley buried?

  1. San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California

  2. Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, New York

  3. Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California

William Frawley [Answers]

1) False.  He was born on February 26, 1887  2) A.  3) C.  4) A.   5) A  6) B.  7) C.  8) True  9) False. He was a Yankees baseball fan. 10) B.  11) True  12) A. Plot: Section 4, Lot 66, Grave C

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