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Full Name  Frank Ruf
Role  Film actor
Name  Frank Faylen
Years active  1936-1978
Occupation  Actor

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Born  December 8, 1905 (1905-12-08) St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Resting place  San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California
Died  August 2, 1985, Burbank, California, United States
Spouse  Carol Hughes (m. 1936–1985)
Children  Catherine Faylen, Carol Faylen
Parents  Otto Ruf, Maryann Madeline Cusik
Movies and TV shows  The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, It's a Wonderful Life, The Lost Weekend, Funny Girl, 99 River Street
Similar People  Beulah Bondi, Dwayne Hickman, Florida Friebus, Henry Travers, Catherine Faylen

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Frank Faylen (December 8, 1905 – August 2, 1985) was an American film and television actor.

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Career

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Born Frank Ruf in St. Louis, Missouri, he began his acting career as an infant appearing with his vaudeville-performing parents on stage. The family lived on a showboat.

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After traveling with his showbusiness parents through his childhood, Faylen became a stage actor at 18, and eventually began working in films in the 1930s. He began playing a number of unmemorable bit parts for Warner Bros., then freelanced for other studios in gradually larger character roles. He appeared as Walt Disney's musical conductor in The Reluctant Dragon, and as a stern railroad official in the Laurel and Hardy comedy A-Haunting We Will Go. Faylen and Laurel and Hardy supporting player Charlie Hall were teamed briefly by Monogram Pictures.

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Faylen's breakthrough came in 1945, where he was cast as Bim, the cynical male nurse at Bellevue's alcoholic ward in The Lost Weekend. In the following year, he played Ernie Bishop, the friendly taxi driver in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. Faylen's career also stretched to television, playing long-suffering grocer Herbert T. Gillis on the 1950s-'60s television sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. In 1968, he had a small part in the Barbra Streisand film Funny Girl. Faylen appeared in almost 200 films.

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He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Faylen was married to Carol Hughes, an actress. He died from pneumonia in 1985. He was interred in the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles, California. His two daughters, Catherine and Carol, are retired actresses. Catherine "Kay" Faylen was Regis Philbin's first wife.


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