William Frawley - biography

Actor from United States of America

William Frawley William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) was an American stage entertainer, screen and television actor. Although Frawley acted in over 100 films, he is best known for playing landlord Fred Mertz in the situation comedy I Love Lucy, and "Bub" in the TV series My Three Sons. William was born to Michael A. Frawley and Mary E. Brady in Burlington, Iowa. As a young boy, Bill (as he was commonly called) attended Roman Catholic school and sang with the St. Paul's Church choir. As he got older, he loved playing bit roles in local theater productions, as well as performing in amateur shows. However, his mother, a religious woman, discouraged the idea. William did two years of office work at Union Pacific Railroad in Omaha, Nebraska. He later relocated to Chicago and found a job as a court reporter. Soon thereafter, against his mother's wishes, Frawley obtained a singing part in the musical comedy The Flirting Princess. To appease his mother, Bill relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, to work for another railroad company. Unhappy with his railroad job, Frawley longed to be an actor. He finally decided he couldn't resist and formed a vaudeville act with his younger brother,  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
William Clement Frawley
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Paul Frawley
Actor, Singer


Year Performance Character
1953 I Love Lucy
1952 I Love Lucy: The Movie and Other Great Rarities
1951 Rhubarb
1948 The Girl from Manhattan
1947 Down to Earth
1946 The Inner Circle
1945 Ziegfeld Follies
1944 Going My Way
1944 The Fighting Seabees
1941 Footsteps in the Dark Det. 'Hoppy' Hopkins
1940 Opened by Mistake
1940 One Night in the Tropics
1937 Waikiki Wedding
1937 Something to Sing About
1937 Double or Nothing
1935 Harmony Lane Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
1934 Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen
1934 The Witching Hour


Date of death
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction
Place of death
Place of burial
San Fernando Mission Cemetery

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