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Frank Cady (born September 8, 1915) is an Americanmarker actor best known for his recurring and popular role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in three US television series during the 1960s: Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.



Born in Susanville, Californiamarker, Cady attended Stanford Universitymarker, where he was involved with the campus humor magazine, the Stanford Chaparral. He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

Cady began acting in 1947. In 1950 he had an uncredited speaking role in the classic film noir drama D.O.A. (as Sam the bartender in Banning, California) and another uncredited role in George Pál's 1951 film When Worlds Collide (as the assistant who pushes the wheelchair belonging to John Hoyt's character). Cady had a prominent role in Billy Wilder's film Ace in the Hole (also known as The Big Carnival). He had a small non-speaking role, seen mostly in long shot, in one of Alfred Hitchcock's most prestigious films, Rear Window. He can also be seen in the 1950 film Father of the Bride requesting a martini from Spencer Tracy during the engagement party. Cady also played the husband to Eileen Heckart's character in The Bad Seed. He had a small speaking role, coming to pick up his distraught but very drunk wife from the home of their daughter's school friend, the last person to see their son alive before he drowned.

In the 1950s Cady played Doc Williams in Ozzie and Harriet along with numerous supporting parts in movies and also appeared in television commercials for (among other products) Shasta Grape Soda.Cady has been most prolific in television and was the only actor to play a recurring character on three TV sitcoms at the same time, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction, from 1968 to 1969. He also was one of only three co-stars of Petticoat Junction who stayed with the series for its entire seven-year run along with Edgar Buchanan and Linda Henning, appearing in 170 of the show's 222 episodes.

Personal life

Cady married his wife Shirley in 1940. Shirley, born Shirley Katherine Jones, died August 22, 2008, at the age of 91.

They have two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1948 He Walked by Night Pete Hammond, Suspect Uncredited
1949 Flamingo Road Tom Hill Uncredited
1950 The Asphalt Jungle Night clerk Uncredited
1950 D.O.A. Bartender Uncredited
1951 When Worlds Collide Harold Ferris
1951 Let's Make It Legal Ferguson
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 TV, 19 episodes
1955 Trial Canford Uncredited
1956 December Bride TV, 1 episode
Private Secretary Barney TV, 1 episode
1957 Broken Arrow Thaddeus Parker TV, 1 episode
The Girl Most Likely Pop
1958 Maverick Hamelin TV, 1 episode
Trackdown Bob Tail TV, 1 episode
1959 The Gale Storm Show TV, 1 episode
The Man Who Understood Women John Milstead
1960 Make Room for Daddy Town Drunk TV, 1 episode
Klondike Lester TV, 1 episode
1961 Hawaiian Eye Harvey Gamson TV, 1 episode
Pete and Gladys Teller TV, 1 episode
1962 Dennis the Menace Dr. Ferguson TV, 1 episode
1963 The Virginian Mr. Hardy TV, 1 episode
Grindl Mr. Burroughs TV, 1 episode
Glynis Episode entitled "The Pros and Cons" TV, 1 episode
1964 Hazel Mr. Pincus TV, 1 episode
Gunsmoke Webb Norton TV, 1 episode
1965-1966 The Andy Griffith Show Luke, a drunk TV, 2 episodes
1967 The Gnome-Mobile Charlie Pettibone Uncredited
1970 The Million Dollar Duck Assayer
1974 Hawaii Five-O Judge Edgar Bergstrom TV, 1 episode
1974-1975 These Are the Days Homer (Voice) TV, 16 episodes
1975 Hearts of the West Pa Tater
1977 Eight Is Enough TV, 1 episode
1977-1978 ABC Weekend Special Mr. Sutter TV, 3 episodes
1990 Return to Green Acres Sam Drucker


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