Cady in an episode of Petticoat Junction, 1963.
|Born||Frank Randolph Cady
September 8, 1915
Susanville, California, U.S.
|Died||June 8, 2012
Wilsonville, Oregon, U.S.
|Resting place||Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery, Wilsonville, Oregon|
|Other names||Frankie Cady
Frank R. Cady
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||Stanford University|
|Known for||Sam Drucker|
|Television||The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction|
|Spouse(s)||Shirley Cady (m. 1940–2008; her death); 2 children|
Frank Randolph Cady (September 8, 1915 – June 8, 2012) was an American actor best known for his recurring and popular role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in three American television series during the 1960s — Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, and The Beverly Hillbillies — and his earlier role as "Doc Williams" on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
Cady was born in Susanville, California, the youngest of three children of Leon and Clara Cady. In high school he worked at a local newspaper, The Lassen County Advocate. Cady's family later moved to Wilsonville, Oregon.
He studied journalism and drama at Stanford University, where he was involved with the campus humor magazine, the Stanford Chaparral. Following college graduation Cady served an apprenticeship at the Westminster Theater in London, England, appearing in four plays. In England he made an early television appearance on the BBC in late 1938.
He returned to Stanford in 1939 for graduate studies and a position as teaching assistant. While at Stanford, Cady met and later married his wife, Shirley Katherine Jones, in 1940. Born in Oakland, California, Shirley Cady, a Stanford University graduate, had several vocations – professional singer, teacher and legal secretary.
Dissatisfied with academia, Frank began a series of jobs two years later, as an announcer and news broadcaster at various California radio stations. His career was put on hold in 1943 when he joined the United States Army Air Corps, serving in England, France and Germany during World War II.
Television and movie career
After being discharged from military service in 1946, Cady appeared in a series of plays in the Los Angeles area which led to movie roles, beginning in 1947. In 1950, he had an uncredited speaking role in the classic film noir drama D.O.A. and another uncredited role in Father of the Bride (1950). He had a small part in the noir classic The Asphalt Jungle (also 1950) playing a witness who refused to identify a robbery suspect. He appeared in George Pal's film When Worlds Collide (1951), and worked with Pal again in 1964 in The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.
Cady had a prominent role in Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (aka, The Big Carnival, also 1951) and had a small non-speaking role in Rear Window in 1954. He played the husband of Eileen Heckart characters in two films: The Bad Seed (1956) and Zandy's Bride (1974). He appeared on the Make Room For Daddy episode that was the pilot for The Andy Griffith Show. He appeared on some radio programs, including Gunsmoke episode #140 ("Outlaw Robin Hood") on January 8, 1955.
In the 1950s, Cady played Doc Williams in Ozzie and Harriet (1953–64). In 1961 Cady made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as twin brothers Joe and Hiram Widlock in "The Case of the Pathetic Patient". He was prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three television sitcoms at the same time – The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Petticoat Junction, from 1968 to 1969. As Sam Drucker, he appeared in 142 of 170 Green Acres episodes during its six-year run from 1965-71. Also as Sam Drucker, he was one of only three co-stars of Petticoat Junction who stayed with the series for its entire seven-year run (1963-70), along with Edgar Buchanan and Linda Henning, appearing in 152 of the show's 222 episodes. He played Sam in 10 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1968-70.
His final acting role was in the television movie Return to Green Acres (1990). In a 1995 interview with the Portland Oregonian Cady spoke of his television career: "You get typecast. I'm remembered for those shows and not for some pretty good acting jobs I did other times. I suppose I ought to be grateful for that, because otherwise I wouldn't be remembered at all. I've got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world."
Shirley Cady died on August 22, 2008 at the age of 91. The Cadys, who were married 68 years, were the parents of two children — daughter Catherine Turk and son Steven Cady. They had three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Frank Cady died at his home on June 8, 2012 at age 96. He was interred at Meridian United Church of Christ Cemetery in Wilsonville, Oregon.
|1948||He Walked by Night||Pete Hammond, Suspect||Uncredited|
|1949||Flamingo Road||Tom Hill||Uncredited|
|1950||The Asphalt Jungle||Night Clerk||Uncredited|
|"Experiment Alcatraz"||Max Henry|
|The Great Rupert||Mr. Taney, Tax Collector|
|Father of the Bride||Uncredited|
|1951||When Worlds Collide||Harold Ferris|
|Let's Make It Legal||Ferguson|
|The Sellout||Bennie Amboy|
|1952||The Atomic City||F.B.I. Agent George Weinberg|
|1953||Half a Hero||Mr. Watts|
|1954||Rear Window||Husband above the Thorwalds|
|1954–1965||The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet||Doc Williams||Television, 61 episodes|
|The Bad Seed||Henry Daigle|
|December Bride||Television, 1 episode|
|Private Secretary||Barney||Television, 1 episode|
|1957||Broken Arrow||Thaddeus Parker||Television, 1 episode|
|The Girl Most Likely||Pop|
|1958||The Missouri Traveler||Willie Poole|
|Maverick||Hamelin||Television, 1 episode|
|Trackdown||Bob Tail||Television, 1 episode|
|1959||The Gale Storm Show||Television, 1 episode|
|Sugarfoot||Lawyer Jay Hollis||Television, episode "The Mysterious Stranger"|
|The Man Who Understood Women||John Milstead|
|1960||The Alaskans||Bradshaw||Television, episode "The Last Bullet"|
|Make Room for Daddy||Town Drunk||Television, 1 episode|
|Klondike||Lester||Television, 1 episode|
|1961||Guestward, Ho!||Harry Crawford||Television, episode "Bill, the Fireman"|
|Hawaiian Eye||Harvey Gamson||Television, 1 episode|
|Pete and Gladys||Teller||Television, 1 episode "The Live-In Couple"|
|Perry Mason||Joe/Hiram Widlock||Television, 1 episode|
|1962||Cheyenne||Television, 1 episode|
|Dennis the Menace||Dr. Ferguson||Television, 1 episode|
|1963||The Virginian||Mr. Hardy||Television, 1 episode|
|Grindl||Mr. Burroughs||Television, 1 episode|
|Glynis||Episode entitled "The Pros and Cons"||Television, 1 episode|
|1963–1970||Petticoat Junction||Mr. Drucker, The General Store Shopkeeper||Television, 139 episodes|
|1964||Hazel||Mr. Pincus||Television, 1 episode|
|Gunsmoke||Webb Norton||Television, 1 episode|
|7 Faces of Dr. Lao||Mayor James Sargent|
|1965–1966||The Andy Griffith Show||Luke, a drunk||Television, 2 episodes|
|1965–1971||Green Acres||Mr. Drucker, The General Store Shopkeeper||Television, 145 Episodes|
|1967||The Gnome-Mobile||Charlie Pettibone||Uncredited|
|1968–1970||The Beverly Hillbillies||Sam Drucker||Television, 10 episodes|
|1970||The Million Dollar Duck||Assayer|
|1974||Zandy's Bride||Pa Allan|
|Hawaii Five-O||Judge Edgar Bergstrom||Television, 1 episode|
|1974–1975||These Are the Days||Homer (Voice)||Television, 16 episodes|
|1975||Hearts of the West||Pa Tater|
|1977||Eight Is Enough||Television, 1 episode|
|1977||ABC Weekend Special
"The Winged Colt"
|Mr. Sutter||Television, 3 episodes|
|1990||Return to Green Acres||Sam Drucker|
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- Obituary; accessed February 21, 2014.
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