It took playing opposite an imaginary rabbit in the play "Harvey" for Frank Fay to secure his legacy in Hollywood.
Born Francis Anthony Donner in San Francisco, he took the professional name of Frank Fay after concluding that his birth name was not suitable for the stage.
Fay was a headliner in the prosperous era of vaudeville during the 1920s. While playing the famed Palace Theater in New York he was its highest-paid performer, drawing $17,500 weekly.
He invaded the films as a master of ceremonies in "Show of Shows" in 1929. Besides numerous film appearances, in 1950 Fay wrote, composed, produced and appeared in a revue, "If You Please," in San Francisco.