Parker Fennelly

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Parker Fennelly
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The "Allen's Alley" cast (l to r): Fred Allen, Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, Peter Donald and Parker Fennelly.
Born Parker W. Fennelly
(1891-10-22)October 22, 1891
Northeast Harbor, Maine, U.S.
Died January 22, 1988(1988-01-22) (aged 96)
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1949-1971

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

Allen's Alley[edit]

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[edit]

Fennelly played the male lead in Ma and Pa, a character study about an elderly Cape Cod couple, which was broadcast on CBS June 28, 1936 - June 25, 1937. He was Dad in Mother and Dad, which was on CBS August 10, 1942 - September 23, 1944.[1] He also played Mike Hagen in the soap opera Valiant Lady on radio.[2]

Television and films[edit]

Note how this poster illustration was cleverly designed to disguise the face of Parker Fennelly, who stepped in to replace series regular Percy Kilbride.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Death[edit]

The gravesite of Parker W. Fennelly and his wife

Fennelly died in 1988, aged 96. 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ Fairfax, Arthur (December 28, 1940). "Mr. Fairfax Replies". Movie Radio Guide 10 (12): 43. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1979). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows: 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-25525-9. P.257.
  4. ^ Klimkiewicz, Joann (July 29, 2004). "`Peppridge Faahm' Pitchman Remembered". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Old-Time Radio Memories by Mel Simons (BearManor Media).

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