Frank Faylen

Frank Faylen


Frank Faylen
TV: North side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Dec. 8, 1905 in St. Louis, MO
Died Aug. 3, 1985 of respiratory failure in Burbank, Calif.

Frank Faylen was a character actor whose 70-year entertainment career ranged from a Mississippi River showboat act to a role on the "Dobie Gillis" television series.

He was a veteran of more than 400 films. His movie work included parts in "The Grapes of Wrath," "Gunfight at the OK Corral" and "Funny Girl."

Under contract to Paramount, he portrayed scores of gangsters, policemen and bartenders. His most-acclaimed role was in the 1945 film "The Lost Weekend." In it, he played a sadistic nurse who tormented an alcoholic played by Ray Milland.

Faylen's other films included "Bullets or Ballots," "Kid Galahad," "Road to Rio," "Detective Story," "Riot in Cell Block Eleven" and "North to Alaska."

He was most widely known for a television role, however. He portrayed Herbert T. Gillis, the grocer-father of Dobie Gillis in the 1959-1963 television series "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and in a subsequent Dobie Gillis TV movie.

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