William Frawley

William Frawley


William Frawley
Film: South side of the 6300 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Feb. 26, 1887 in Burlington, Iowa
Died March 3, 1966 of heart attack in Hollywood, CA

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).

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