William Frawley was a veteran film and television actor who costarred in the "I Love Lucy" and "My Three Sons" series.
A rotund man with just a fringe of hair, a twinkle in his eyes and a raspy-voice, the character actor often played a gruff man with a soft heart and a sense of humor.
For more than a decade, Frawley played the neighbor, pal and marital adviser to Desi Arnaz on "I Love Lucy," earning five Emmy nominations for his role as Fred Mertz.
Later he played a grandfather's role for more than five years with Fred MacMurray in "My Three Sons," but was written out when he had to undergo prostate surgery.
He was also a veteran film actor. He starred opposite Mickey Rooney in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (1939) and appeared in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947).