Franklin Pangborn was a star of stage, screen and television.
He was born in Newark, N.J., and had a distinguished career in serious drama before he became an outstanding comedian. He worked for virtually every film studio and with most of the stars of the film world.
He served in World War I with the 312th Infantry, and, despite his modesty, he was known as a hero of the battle of Argonne.
He started his stage career with Mildred Holland, appearing with her in stock. He also appeared with Jessie Bonstelle for a number of years in Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y. He arrived in Los Angeles in 1920 at the request of Willamene Wilkes and played in stock at the old Majestic Theater.
One of his early triumphs was with Alla Nazimova in "The Marionettes." He also appeared with Pauline Frederick in "Joseph and His Brethren."
He was under contract with Cecil B. DeMille for a number of years.
He died in Santa Monica, one day after undergoing surgery.