Sunday, June 10, 2012

World War II Veteran & 'Green Acres' actor Frank Cady dies at 96 - Played Mr. Sam Drucker

World War II Veteran & 'Green Acres' actor Frank Cady dies at 96 - Played Mr. Sam Drucker
Godspeed and thank you for your service to our country during World War Two
Frank Cady, 96, a character actor who played Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms “Green Acres” and “Petticoat Junction,” died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., said his daughter, Catherine Turk. No specific cause was given.

Like Mr. Haney, Eb Dawson, Hank Kimball and Arnold the Pig, Cady’s Sam Drucker was a supporting cast member on “Green Acres” to lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas and his socialite wife, Lisa, played by Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, who had ditched the high life in New York City for the charms of a farm in Hooterville.

Cady played Drucker for the entire run of “Green Acres” on CBS, from 1965 to 1971, when it was canceled. The show continued to air for years in syndication. He also portrayed Drucker on “Petticoat Junction” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” programs that shared some secondary characters. He reprised the role for the 1990 TV movie “Return to Green Acres.”

Cady had a recurring role as Doc Williams on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” and had guest roles in TV series beginning in the early 1950s. He also had small parts in films, most notably Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” and appeared in Southern California stage productions.

He was born Sept. 8, 1915, in the Lassen County town of Susanville and studied drama at Stanford University. After serving in the military during World War II, he worked as a radio broadcaster before landing acting jobs.

Cady and his wife, Shirley, moved to Oregon in the 1990s. She died in 2008.

Reflecting on his TV career, Cady told the Portland Oregonian in 1995, “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.”

19 comments:

Mt Greenwood Hillbilly said...

RIP Frank, Green Acres was one of my favorite shows.

Anonymous said...

His co star Eddie Albert was a decorated Navy Vet and many Men owed Him their lives.

Anonymous said...

He was a great actor.

Sad to see him go.

RIP

joany said...

Godspeed, Frank...we will not see your like again.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Green Acres was filmed in Mt. Greenwood ?

Anonymous said...

Edward Albert was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor, for saving over 30 Marines during the invasion of Tarawa(Betio)

What a cast!

We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.

Anonymous said...

We have lost so many great actors over the last years. Veterans like this can't be replaced. RIP sir.

Aldo Raine said...

No. You were thinking about "Gorillas In The Mist". It's the story of the Mudman invading the area parks and letting their nigglettes run rampant thru the spray pools and misters. That's while they got their Smokey Joe grills fired up to destroy the park with all the garbage from their BBQs.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

One of World War Two's greatest, and a terrific actor...thank you, Frank, for your service. May you rest in peace, Amen.

Anonymous said...

If Obama had a son he would have buttfucked Arnold the Pig.

Anonymous said...

Great guy...next stop heaven

Anonymous said...

His generation gave Us a wonderfull gift and We gave it to Illegals and Negro's. and fucking Democrats

I Voted For Obama said...

Hooterville did not vote for Obama. Too many war veterans there.

Anonymous said...

I think Mr. Drucker was boinking Lisa.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the many many laughs Mr. Cady. You will be missed!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the many many laughs Mr. Cady. You will be missed!

Anonymous said...

Mt. Greenwood-ites are flying their Flags at Half-Mast, in his Honor...

Anonymous said...

EBB SAYS:

WTF,
I'm movin to Mt. Greenwood now, I already got me the correct Wardrobe !

Anonymous said...

ARNOLD ZIFFEL SAYS:

I'm runnin for Alderman of Hegewisch!