Doro Merande, Frank Aletter, and Enid Markey from the sitcom Bringing Up Buddy
January 14, 1926|
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||May 13, 2009
Tarzana, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lee Meriwether (married 1958-1974, divorced)
Estrella Aletter (married 1984-2009, his death)
Julia and Alexandria Hodes
Frank Aletter (January 14, 1926 – May 13, 2009) was an American stage, film, and television actor.
He soon moved on to a prolific television career, appearing as a guest on numerous shows between 1956 and 1988. Aletter starred in three programs in the 1960s, beginning with Bringing Up Buddy, a CBS sitcom during the 1960–1961 season, featuring Aletter with Enid Markey and Doro Merande, who portrayed his overprotective spinster aunts to Aletter's character, Buddy Flower, a bachelor stockbroker. He appeared in The Lucy Show 1962 episode " Lucy The Music Lover" as the ear-nose-throat specialist Dr. Sam Eastman, a classical music lover.
After Bringing Up Buddy, Aletter guest-starred in the ABC crime drama, Target: The Corruptors, the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show, and NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour. He portrayed murderer Harry Collins on the 1963 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet". Also in 1963, he co-starred in The Twilight Zone episode "The Parallel". In 1964, he played murder victim, television news reporter, Tommy Towne, in "The Case of the Arrogant Arsonist."
In the 1964–1965 season, Aletter appeared in The Cara Williams Show, with Cara Williams as his television wife. The two worked at the same company in violation of policy that employees could not marry each other and maintain their employment for that company. The show hence focused on how the couple kept the marriage secret.
In the 1965–1966 season, he guest-starred in two episodes of the ABC war drama, Twelve O'Clock High, once as Lt. Col Bill Christy and also as a sergeant in public relations.
He played Professor Irwin Hayden in the Richard Donner-directed, 36-part, live-action cliffhanger serial, Danger Island, on The Banana Splits Adventure Hour which aired on Saturday mornings on NBC from 1968 to 1970. In the fall of 1970, he had a supporting role in the NBC sitcom, Nancy.
Aletter also played George Snyder on the 1970s sitcom, Maude (which starred Bea Arthur), in the episode called "Love And Marriage" (season one, episode seven).
Frank played advertising executive, Mr. Prescott, in All in the Family, "The Commercial" (January 8, 1978).
Aletter played "Harry," a polygamist with four wives to whom Blanche is engaged, in the pilot episode of The Golden Girls. He died 18 days after Golden Girls star Bea Arthur, which was exactly on Bea Arthur's birthday.
He was married to Lee Meriwether, actress and former Miss America, from 1958 to 1974. They had two daughters, actresses Kyle Aletter-Oldham and Lesley Aletter. He married his second wife, Estella, former Miss Hurricane Hunter, in 1984; he had two stepdaughters, Julia and Alexandria Hodes.
- Mister Roberts (1955) - Gerhart
- A Tiger Walks (1964) - Joe Riley
- Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Lt. Commander Thomas
- Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972) - TV Announcer
- Run, Cougar, Run (1972) - Sam Davis
- Private School (1983) - Mr. Leigh-Jensen
- Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter (1986) - Mr. Cromwell
- Frank Aletter at the Internet Broadway Database
- Frank Aletter - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies New York Times
- Patty Duke Re-elected By Screen Actors Guild New York Times