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Frank Orth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Frank Orth (February 21, 1880 – March 17, 1962) was an American actor born in Philadelphia. He is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie. By 1897, Orth was performing in vaudeville with his wife, Ann Codee, in an act called "Codee and Orth". In 1909, he expanded into song writing, with songs such as "The Phone Bell Rang" and "Meet Me on the Boardwalk, Dearie". His first contact with motion pictures was in 1928, when he was part of the first foreign-language shorts in sound produced by Warner Bros. He and his wife also appeared together in a series of two-reel comedies in the early 1930s. Orth's first major screen credit was in Prairie Thunder, a Dick Foran western, in 1937. From then on, he was often cast as bartenders, pharmacists, and grocery clerks, and always distinctly Irish. He had a recurring role in the Dr. Kildare series of films and also in the Nancy Drew series as the befuddled Officer Tweedy. Among his better roles were the newspaper man Cary Grant telephones early in His Girl Friday, one of the quartet singing "Gary Owen" in They Died with Their Boots On (thereby giving Errol Flynn as Gen. Custer the idea of associating the tune with the 7th Cavalry), and as the little man carrying the sign reading "The End Is Near" throughout Colonel Effingham's Raid. However, Orth is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Inspector Faraday in the 1951-1953 television series Boston Blackie. A short, plump, round-faced man, often smoking a cigar, Orth as Faraday wore his own dark-rimmed spectacles, though rarely in feature films. In 1959, Orth retired from show business after throat surgery. His wife died in 1961 after around fifty years of marriage. Orth died on March 17, 1962. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife.

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Feb 21, 1880 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie A Bird in the Hand 1929-04-29
Latest Project:
Movie Here Come the Girls 1953-10-22
Known For
Poster of Heartaches
Poster of The Impatient Years
Poster of Hot Money
Poster of A Bird in the Hand
Movie Here Come the Girls Mr. Hungerford 1953-10-22
Movie Houdini Mr. Hunter 1953-07-02
Movie Something to Live For Waiter 1952-03-07
Series The Adventures of Boston Blackie 1951-09-08
Movie The Petty Girl Moody (process server) 1950-08-17
Movie Father of the Bride Joe 1950-06-16
Movie The Great Rupert Mr. Frank Dingle 1950-03-01
Movie Bride for Sale Police Sergeant 1949-11-12
Movie Red Light Wallace 'Wally' Stoner 1949-09-30
Movie Blondie's Secret Mr. Philpotts 1948-12-23
Movie The Big Clock Burt 1948-04-09
Movie Born to Speed Breezy Bradley 1947-01-12
Movie The Guilt of Janet Ames Danny 1947-03-06
Movie Heartaches Mike Connelly, Vic's Agent 1947-06-28
Movie The Gas House Kids in Hollywood Police Captain 1947-08-23
Movie It Had to Be You Train Conductor Brown 1947-12-01
Movie Wake Up and Dream Milkman 1946-12-02
Movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Hotel Clerk 1946-07-24
Movie The Bride Wore Boots Judge 1946-05-08
Movie Murder in the Music Hall Henderson, the Stage Manager 1946-04-10
Movie The Hoodlum Saint Chronicle Editor (uncredited) 1946-04-04
Movie Doll Face Peters 1945-12-31
Movie The Lost Weekend Opera Cloak Room Attendant 1945-11-29
Movie She Went to the Races Skelly 1945-11-04
Movie Tell It to a Star Augustus T. Goodman 1945-08-16
Movie Pillow to Post Clayfield Taxi Driver 1945-06-09
Movie The Impatient Years Counterman 1944-09-10
Movie Coney Island Bartender 1943-06-18
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Larry Kinkaid (uncredited) 1943-03-11
Movie Orchestra Wives Rex Willet 1942-09-04
Movie Footlight Serenade Mike the stage doorman 1942-08-01
Movie Henry and Dizzy Joe McGuire 1942-06-05
Movie My Gal Sal McGuiness 1942-04-30
Movie Roxie Hart Bar Client #2 (uncredited) 1942-02-20
Movie Dr. Kildare's Victory Mike Ryan 1942-02-04
Movie Over My Dead Body Detective 1942-01-15
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Mr. Toby 1942-01-06
Movie Respect the Law Peter Brennan 1941-01-04
Movie Come Live with Me Jerry 1941-01-31
Movie Sergeant York Drummer (uncredited) 1941-07-02
Movie Ride on Vaquero Auctioneer 1941-04-18
Movie I Wake Up Screaming Cemetery Caretaker 1941-10-31
Movie They Died with Their Boots On Barfly 1941-11-01
Movie His Girl Friday Duffy 1940-01-18
Movie Know Your Money Tobacconist (uncredited) 1940-01-27
Movie Dr. Kildare's Strange Case Mike Ryan, Sullivan's Hospital Cafe 1940-04-12
Movie 'Til We Meet Again Hong Kong Bartender 1940-04-20
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife New York Editor 1940-04-25
Movie Gold Rush Maisie Harris 1940-07-26
Movie La Conga Nights Dennis O'Brien 1940-05-31
Movie Florian Detective 1940-06-05
Movie Brother Orchid Waiter at Fat Dutchy's 1940-06-08
Movie Mexican Spitfire Out West Window Washer 1940-10-29
Movie Buyer Beware Smith (uncredited) 1940-08-17
Movie Boom Town Barber 1940-08-30
Movie Dr. Kildare Goes Home Mike Ryan 1940-09-06
Movie Gallant Sons Newspaper Foreman 1940-11-15
Movie Father Is A Prince Drugstore Proprieter 1940-11-18
Movie Dr. Kildare's Crisis Mike Ryan, Cafe Owner 1940-11-29
Movie You, the People Soda Jerk 1940-11-30
Movie Michael Shayne: Private Detective Steve 1940-12-19
Movie Pier 13 Dead Pan Charlie 1940-08-23
Movie Young Mr. Lincoln Loafer 1939-06-09
Movie Burn 'Em Up O'Connor Tim McKelvy 1939-01-13
Movie Idiot's Delight Benny Zinsser 1939-01-27
Movie Fast and Loose Detective Hendricks 1939-02-17
Movie Within the Law Jim Jenks 1939-03-17
Movie Broadway Serenade Mr. Fellows 1939-04-07
Movie Calling Dr. Kildare Mike Sullivan - Hospital Cafe Owner 1939-04-28
Movie Nancy Drew... Reporter Captain Tweedy (uncredited) 1939-02-18
Movie Tell No Tales Vic - Bartender 1939-06-12
Movie Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Captain Tweedy 1939-09-09
Movie Thunder Afloat Old Sailor in Bilge Area 1939-09-15
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Wedding Witness on Stage 1939-09-16
Movie Fast and Furious Joe Burke 1939-10-06
Movie At the Circus Chef in Diner (uncredited) 1939-10-20
Movie The Secret of Dr. Kildare Mike Sullivan 1939-11-24
Movie Stanley and Livingstone Newspaperman with Pills 1939-08-18
Movie Think It Over Brown, Clothing Store Owner 1938-07-24
Movie Torchy Blane in Panama First Leopard 1938-05-07
Movie The Patient in Room 18 Joe Higgins - Night Watchman 1938-01-08
Movie Mr. Chump Sheriff Frank Hinton 1938-08-08
Movie Young Dr. Kildare Mike Ryan 1938-10-14
Movie Nancy Drew: Detective Captain Tweedy 1938-11-19
Movie The Footloose Heiress Justice Abner Cuttler 1937-10-08
Movie Prairie Thunder Wichita 1937-09-10
Movie The Devil's Saddle Legion Judge Barko 1937-08-13
Movie Talent Scout Burlesque Theatre Manager 1937-07-24
Movie Ever Since Eve Cocktail Waiter 1937-07-15
Movie Marry the Girl Bar owner 1937-07-13
Movie Land Beyond the Law Shorty Long 1937-03-13
Movie Polo Joe Bert 1936-12-08
Movie Hot Money Hank Ford 1936-07-24
Movie Two Against the World Tommy - Bartender 1936-07-11
Movie The Payoff Porter 1935-01-09
Movie A Bird in the Hand Unknown 1929-04-29