Billy Franey

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Billy Franey
Her Naughty Wink (1920) - 2.jpg
Franey at right in Her Naughty Wink (1920)
Born William Gerald Franey
(1889-06-23)June 23, 1889
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 6, 1940(1940-12-06) (aged 51)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death Influenza
Occupation Actor
Years active 1914–1940

Billy Franey (born William Gerald Franey; June 23, 1889 – December 6, 1940) was an American film actor.


Born in Chicago in 1889, Franey appeared in more than 400 films between 1914 and 1941, mostly playing comedic roles. He was actor of disheveled appearance and fuzzy mustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His late career included numerous uncredited appearances in classics like Bringing Up Baby, and he also appeared as the father-in-law of Edgar Kennedy in several of his series of short comedies. He contracted influenza and died from complications involving the illness in 1940.

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  1. ^ Motography Volume 17, Issue 4 - Page 1019 1917 The Leak (William Franey)

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