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Old 06-10-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
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Cady, Frank R. 96 Sept. 08, 1915 June 08, 2012 Frank was born in Susanville, Calif. to Clara and Leon "Ted" Cady. He was the youngest of three children. After pursuing an initial interest in journalism during both high school and college, Frank decided that his true calling was in speech and drama, in which he earned a degree from Stanford University. Frank met his wife Shirley at Stanford while both were appearing in campus musical shows.

After getting his bachelor's degree in 1938, Frank did theatre work both at home and abroad. Following a return to Stanford for graduate work, he worked as a radio announcer and news editor for KYA and KGO radio in San Francisco. From there, Frank served in World War II as part of the U.S. Army Air Force, serving in England, France and Germany until his discharge in 1946. After the war, Frank and Shirley moved to Los Angeles when, after appearing in a couple of plays, he was cast in his first motion picture. This was the beginning of a long and successful career as a television and movie actor.

Frank is probably best known for playing the character Sam Drucker on the television shows Petticoat Junction (1963-1970) and Green Acres (1965-1971). Altogether, his character appeared in 152 episodes of Petticoat Junction, 145 episodes of Green Acres and 11 episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies. Fans of an earlier day may also recall that, for 12 years, he appeared as the character Doc Williams, a neighbor, in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In addition to his extensive television work, Frank also appeared in a number of feature films over the years, some of the best known being Rear Window, The Big Carnival, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, When Worlds Collide, The Bad Seed and Zandy's Bride.

In addition to acting, Frank had many other interests and talents. Always witty, he loved to write mostly silly poems, limericks, and song parodies, entertaining friends and family. He also enjoyed many years of golfing with friends and traveling, including several years of hiking in Switzerland. In 1977, Frank retired and he and Shirley moved to Cambria, Calif. on the central coast. In 1991, they moved to Wilsonville in the Charbonneau golf community. Frank is preceded in death by Shirley, his wife of 68 years and the love of his life (in 2008); his brother, Donald Cady; and sister, Gene Gerzo. He is survived by his son, Steven Cady of Grass Valley, Calif.; daughter, Catherine Turk of Olympia, Wash.; three grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
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R.I.P. Frank. Sam Drucker was one of the best supporting characters on tv.
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Looks like Eb's the only regular cast member left. Rest in peace Mr. Drucker!
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“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.”
I wish that more actors in similar situations had the same attitude as Mr. Cady.

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Looks like Eb's the only regular cast member left. Rest in peace Mr. Drucker!
Frank outlived almost every regular and recurring star on Green Acres. Aside from Tom Lester, the only other surviving cast member is Mary Grace Canfield who played Ralph Monroe. Director Richard L. Bare (98) is also still with us.
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Mr. Grady, I'll be watching episodes of Green Acres and Petticoat Junction in Homage to you, the latest "Fallen Star".
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He was a terrific actor and seemed like a wonderful man as well. God bless him.
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Just last night, I was thinking about how he's still alive. Then today I get online and read this.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Cady.
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Ever notice these thing always happen in threes? Last Sunday it was Richard Dawson, Ray Bradbury passed away on Monday, Today we lost Frank Cady
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God Bless him and may he rest in peace. He lived a long, full and clean life and brought joy to many through his various roles.
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I love this quote from Frank Cady:

"What's the secret to playing Sam Drucker? I just play myself. Sam Drucker and I are old friends. I played him on "Petticoat Junction" (1963), "Green Acres" (1965) and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) and we were going strong until 1971, when Fred Silverman canceled every show with a tree in it."
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I love this quote from Frank Cady:

"What's the secret to playing Sam Drucker? I just play myself. Sam Drucker and I are old friends. I played him on "Petticoat Junction" (1963), "Green Acres" (1965) and "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) and we were going strong until 1971, when Fred Silverman canceled every show with a tree in it."
I think that's why I liked him so much. He seemed just like the rest of us.
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He was wonderful as Doc Williams on The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet -where hey once again played a character both good natured and reliable.
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Looks like Eb's the only regular cast member left. Rest in peace Mr. Drucker!
I believe Mary Grace Canfield (Ralph Monroe) is still alive.
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