Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 30, 2012 12:34:44 GMT 1
Character actor Steve Franken, best-known for his role of snobby and wealthy Chatsworth Osborne Junior on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," died August 24th from cancer at his Los Angeles home. He was 80 years old. Born Stephen Robert Franken on May 27th, 1932, in Queens, New York, he graduated from Cornell University and began acting in plays. When he went to Los Angeles for a play, Franken landed the Chatsworth Osborne role--which he played on "Dobie Gillis" from 1959 until 1963, when CBS canceled the series. After "Dobie," Franken appeared on such series as “Bewitched,” “Love, American Style,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Seinfeld.” In film, Franken appeared with Peter Sellers in “The Party” and “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu”; and with Jerry Lewis in “Which Way to the Front?” and “Hardly Working." Franken also had roles in “The Missouri Breaks” and “The Americanization of Emily.” Steve Franken is survived by his second wife Jean, three daughters and two grandchildren.
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