Character actor, Frank Faylen, was born Frank Ruf on Dec 8, 1905 in St. Louis, MO. Faylen died at the age of 79 on Aug 2, 1985 in Burbank, CA and was laid to rest in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, Los Angeles County, CA.
Frank Faylen grew up in the theater, appearing in his parents' vaudeville act at only 18 months. He traveled with his showbiz parents throughout his childhood, then worked vaudeville as a comic pantomimist, clown, and later, song-and-dance man. He broke into films in the mid-1930s playing mostly uncredited and/or bit parts. Faylen's first 'big break' came in 1945 when he landed the role of male nurse 'Bim' in the film "The Lost Weekend". Other notable roles include cab driver 'Ernie Bishop' in Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) -- and of course, his greatest claim-to-fame, Dobie's dad ('Herbert T. Gillis') on the TV sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (1959-1963).(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).
HONORS and AWARDS:.
He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.
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Ernie Bishop: [Reading the telegram in his hand] Mr. Gower cabled you need cash, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.
[a group of soldiers in marching off to fight in World War II, singing Cohan's World War I song, "Over There"]
Sergeant on parade: What's the matter, old timer? Don't you remember this song?
George M. Cohan: Seems to me I do.
Sergeant on parade: Well, I don't hear anything.
[Cohan starts singing along, with tears coming into his eyes]
Ernie Bishop: [as George is trying to find Mary in the abandoned house] Watch this guy, Bert, he's bats!
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