Frank Faylen Overview:

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).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Frank Faylen Quotes:

Ernie Bishop: [as George is trying to find Mary in the abandoned house] Watch this guy, Bert, he's bats!

Violet Bick: Good afternoon, Mr. Bailey.
George Bailey: Hello, Violet. Hey, you look good, that's some dress you got on there.
Violet Bick: This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look.
Ernie Bishop: How would you like to take...
George Bailey: Yes?
Ernie Bishop: [to Bert] Want to come along, Bert? We'll show you the town.
Bert: No, thanks... I think I'll go home and see what the wife's doing.
Ernie Bishop: Family man.

Ernie Bishop: Just a minute! Quiet everybody! Quiet, quiet. Now get this, it's from London.
Ma Bailey: Oh!
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.

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