|Born||Parker W. Fennelly
October 22, 1891
Northeast Harbor, Maine, U.S.
|Died||January 22, 1988
Peekskill, New York, U.S.
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.
He was born and raised in Northeast Harbor, Maine, and studied classical acting in Boston.
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."
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. He also played Mike Hagen in the soap opera Valiant Lady on radio.
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.
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- Parker Fennelly at the Internet Movie Database
- Parker Fennelly at the Internet Broadway Database
- Parker Fennelly at Find a Grave