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Occupation  Actor, comedian
Years active  1924-1971

Name  Parker Fennelly
Role  Actor
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Born  October 22, 1891 (1891-10-22) Northeast Harbor, Maine, U.S.
Died  January 22, 1988, Peekskill, New York, United States
Spouse  Catherine Fennelly (m. ?–1988)
Movies and TV shows  The Trouble with Harry, The Kettles on Old MacDona, It Happened to Jane, How to Frame a Figg, Headmaster
Similar People  Royal Dano, Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Quine, Noel Black, Alan Rafkin

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Parker Fennelly (October 22, 1891 – January 22, 1988) was an American actor and playwright who appeared in ten films, numerous television episodes and hundreds of radio programs.


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Early life

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The son of gardener Nathan Fennelly and Estelle Dolliver Fennelly, he was born and raised in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and studied classical acting in Boston. He was a member of Boston's Toy Theater company and participated in Chautauqua readings. He studied under performing arts educator Leland T. Powers.


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In 1915 and 1916, Fennelly toured on the Midland Chatauqua Circuit with the Maud Scheerer Shakespeare Players. In 1919, he traveled and acted with the Jack X. Lewis Stock Company. Fennelly and his wife, Catherine Reynolds Fennelly, formed the Parker Fennelly Duo, presenting short plays, readings and impersonations (1921 - 1923).

Fennelly's performances on Broadway included Mr. Pitt (1924), The Small Timers (1925), Florida Girl (1925), Babbling Brookes (1927), Black Velvet (1927), The County Chairman (1936), Yours, A. Lincoln (1942), Our Town (1944), Happily Ever After (1945), Live Life Again (1945), Loco (1946), and The Southwest Corner (1955). His other Broadway credits include directing Technique (1931), providing source material for Fulton of Oak Falls (1937), and writing Cuckoos on the Hearth (1941).


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Fennelly and Arthur Allen played "Yankee codgers" on two programs, The Stebbins boys of Bucksport Point and Snow Village Sketches, in the early years of radio.

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Fennelly personified the crusty New England Yankee in roles on radio, films and television. He was heard weekly as Titus Moody on the "Allen's Alley" segment of Fred Allen's radio show where he delivered his famous opening line: "Howdy, Bub."

Other radio

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Fennelly's other roles on radio included the following:

In 1960, Fennelly recorded Moody Speaking, a series of "sparkling one-minute and five-minute vignettes" produced by Banner Radio Company for local stations.

Television and films

Fennelly made numerous appearances on live television shows of the early 1950s, including Lux Video Theatre, The Philco Television Playhouse and Studio One. In 1970-71, he played Mr. Purdy on Headmaster on CBS.

In film, Fennelly portrayed the millionaire in Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), and he replaced Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle in the final film of the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series. After Angel in My Pocket (1969), his last movie role was Universal's movie How to Frame a Figg (1971) starring Don Knotts.

In later years he became a familiar face as the Pepperidge Farm's television spokesman between 1956 and the 1980s, delivering the slogan "Pepperidge Farm remembers" in his New England accent.

Personal life

In 1918, Fennelly met and married Catherine Deane "while both of them were playing in a stock company in Moline, Illinois." They had two daughters, Mary and Jane, and a son, John.


In 1950, Fennelly made a children's record, Ride 'Em Cowboy (I and II) (CGR-1003). In 1953, he recorded another children's item, Hunters of the Sea (Record Guild 9006).


Fennelly died January 22, 1988, aged 96, at his home in Peekskill, New York. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, four grandsons, and one great-grandson.

His widow, Catherine Fennelly (1892—1988), died five months later, aged 95. Their remains were interred in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Partial filmography

  • Lost Boundaries (1949) - Alvin Tupper
  • The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) - Issac
  • The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Millionaire
  • The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957) - Pa Kettle
  • It Happened to Jane (1959) - Homer Bean
  • The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) - Mr. Everett
  • Pretty Poison (1968) - Sam - Night Watchman (uncredited)
  • Angel in My Pocket (1969) - Calvin Grey
  • How to Frame a Figg (1971) - Old Charley Spaulding (final film role)
  • References

    Parker Fennelly Wikipedia