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William Clement Frawley net worth:
$10 Million

William Clement Frawley information

William Clement Frawley information

Birth date: February 26, 1887
Death date: 1966-03-03
Birth place: Burlington, Iowa, USA
Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Spouse:Edna Louise Broedt

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William Frawley net worth: William Frawley was an American entertainer and performer who had a net worth of $10 million. He was best known for starring as Fred Mertz in the television series I Love Lucy. Frawley starred as Fred from 1951 to 1957 and reprised the character in the TV series The Lucy-Desi Comedy hour from 1957 to 1960. He also starred as Michael Francis “Bub” O’Casey in the show My Three Sons from 1960 to 1965. He also starred on Broadway and released the record Bill Frawley Sings the Old Ones in 1958. Frawley was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards for I Love Lucy.



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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Lucy Show1965TV SeriesThe Trainer
My Three Sons1960-1965TV SeriesMichael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey
My Living Doll1964TV SeriesDet. Gladwin
Summer Playhouse1964TV SeriesCameo
Safe at Home!1962Bill Turner
No Place Like Home1960/ITV Movie
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour1957-1960TV SeriesFred Mertz
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna1959TV SeriesJim Comstock
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesJoe Grady
The Red Skelton Hour1958TV SeriesMr. Thomas
I Love Lucy1951-1957TV SeriesFred Mertz
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV Series
Shower of Stars1955TV SeriesGabby Mullins
The Loretta Young Show1954TV SeriesSam
Texaco Star Theatre1954TV SeriesFred Mertz
The Dirty Look1954Short
I Love Lucy1953Fred Mertz / Himself
Rancho Notorious1952Baldy Gunder
Rhubarb1951Len Sickles
The Bigelow Theatre1950-1951TV SeriesPinto
The Lemon Drop Kid1951Gloomy Willie
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man1951Detective Roberts
Pretty Baby1950Corcoran
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye1950Byers
The Silver Theatre1950TV SeriesPinto
Kill the Umpire1950Jimmy O'Brien
Blondie's Hero1950Marty Greer
East Side, West Side1949Bill the Bartender
The Lady Takes a Sailor1949Oliver Harker
Red Light1949Hotel Night Clerk
Home in San Antone1949O'Fleery
Your Show Time1949TV Series
The Lone Wolf and His Lady1949Inspector J.D. Crane
Chicken Every Sunday1949George Kirby
The Girl from Manhattan1948Mr. Bernouti
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All1948Knobby Walsh
Good Sam1948Tom
The Babe Ruth Story1948Jack Dunn
Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven1948Agent
My Wild Irish Rose1947William Scanlon
Blondie's Anniversary1947Sharkey, the Loan Shark
Down to Earth1947Police Lieutenant
Mother Wore Tights1947Mr. Schneider
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now1947Jim Mason
Miracle on 34th Street1947Charlie Halloran
Monsieur Verdoux1947Jean La Salle
Hit Parade of 19471947Harry Holmes
Crime Doctor's Man Hunt1946Inspector Harry B. Manning
The Inner Circle1946Det. Lt. Webb
Rendezvous with Annie1946Gen. Trent
The Virginian1946Honey Wiggen
Ziegfeld Follies1945Martin ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
Lady on a Train1945Police Sergeant Christie
Hitchhike to Happiness1945Sandy Hill
Flame of Barbary Coast1945'Smooth' Wylie
Lake Placid Serenade1944Jiggers
Going My Way1944Max Dolan - the Publisher (uncredited)
The Fighting Seabees1944Eddie Powers
Whistling in Brooklyn1943Detective Ramsey
Larceny with Music1943Mike Simms
We've Never Been Licked1943Traveling Salesman
Gentleman Jim1942Billy Delaney
Moonlight in Havana1942Barney Crane
Wildcat1942Oliver Westbrook
Give Out, Sisters1942Harrison
It Happened in Flatbush1942Sam Sloan
Roxie Hart1942O'Malley
Treat 'Em Rough1942'Hotfoot'
The Yankee Doodler1942Short
Public Enemies1941Bang
The Bride Came C.O.D.1941Sheriff McGee
Cracked Nuts1941James Mitchell
Blondie in Society1941Waldo Pincus
Footsteps in the Dark1941Hopkins
Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga1941Chauncey Beheegan
Sandy Gets Her Man1940Police Chief J. A. O'Hara
Dancing on a Dime1940Mac
One Night in the Tropics1940Roscoe
The Quarterback1940Coach
Rhythm on the River1940Mr. Westlake
Golden Gloves1940Emory Balzar
Untamed1940Les Woodbury
Those Were the Days!1940Prisoner (uncredited)
Opened by Mistake1940Matt Kingsley
The Farmer's Daughter1940Scoop Trimble
Stop, Look and Love1939Joe Haller
Night Work1939Bruiser Brown, the Family Friend??
Grand Jury Secrets1939Bright Eyes
Ex-Champ1939Mushy Harrington
Rose of Washington Square1939Harry Long
Persons in Hiding1939Alec Inglis
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn1939The 'Duke'
St. Louis Blues1939Maj. Martingale
Ambush1939Inspector J.L. Weber
Touchdown, Army1938Jack Heffernan
Sons of the Legion1938Uncle Willie Lee
Professor Beware1938Snoop Donlan
Mad About Music1938Dusty Turner
Blossoms on Broadway1937Frances X. Rush
Something to Sing About1937Hank Meyers
Double or Nothing1937John Pederson
High, Wide, and Handsome1937Mac
Rose Bowl1936Soapy Moreland
Three Married Men1936Bill Mullins
The General Died at Dawn1936Brighton
Three Cheers for Love1936Milton Shakespeare
The Princess Comes Across1936Benton
F-Man1936Detective Rogan
Desire1936Mr. Gibson
Strike Me Pink1936Mr. Copple
Ship Cafe1935Briney O'Brien
It's a Great Life1935Lt. McNulty
Harmony Lane1935Edwin P. 'Ed' Christy
Welcome Home1935Painless
College Scandal1935Chief of Police Magoun
Alibi Ike1935Cap
In Caliente1935Gentleman at Bar (uncredited)
Hold 'Em Yale1935Sunshine Joe
Car 991935Training Sgt. Barrel
Here Is My Heart1934James Smith
The Lemon Drop Kid1934William Dunhill
Shoot the Works1934Larry Hale
The Witching Hour1934Jury Foreman
The Crime Doctor1934Fraser
Bolero1934Mike DeBaere
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen1934Captain Murphy
Hell and High Water1933Milton J. Bunsey
Moonlight and Pretzels1933Mac
Fancy That1929ShortPercy
Turkey for Two1929ShortConvict
Ventriloquist1927Short'Hoak' salesman
Should Husbands Be Watched?1925ShortBeat Cop (unconfirmed)
Persistent Percival1916ShortBilly
Lord Loveland Discovers America1916Tony Kidd

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentary performer: "Carolina in the Morning" - uncredited
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Love Lucy1951-1954TV Series performer - 5 episodes
Good Sam1948performer: "There's No Place Like Home Home, Sweet Home" - uncredited
The Fighting Seabees1944performer: "Ireland Must Be Heaven, for My Mother Came from There" - uncredited
High, Wide, and Handsome1937performer: "Will You Marry Me Tomorrow, Maria ?"
Fancy That1929Short performer: "Dearest One"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Love Ryan?2015TV Series very special thanks - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I've Got a Secret1965TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1961TV SeriesHimself - Guest of Honor
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse1959TV SeriesHimself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1957TV SeriesHimself - Actor
I Love Lucy1956TV SeriesFred Mertz
The Bob Hope Show1956TV SeriesHimself
The NBC Comedy Hour1956TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Better Football1954DocumentaryHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHimself
Stars in the Eye1952TV SpecialHimself
The Ed Wynn Show1950TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryFred Mertz
Pioneers of Primetime1995TV Movie documentaryHimself / Fred Mertz
Babalu Music! I Love Lucy's Greatest Hits1991VideoFred Mertz
Murphy Brown1989TV SeriesHimself / opening credits
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter1982TV Movie documentaryActor - 'One Night in the Tropics' (uncredited)
CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television1975TV SpecialHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1974TV SeriesFred Mertz
America's Clown: An Intimate Biography of Red Skelton2014VideoHimself
TV's All-Time Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special2008TV SpecialHimself
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Fred Mertz
Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Desilu Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentaryCo-star of 'I Love Lucy'
American Masters2000TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6322 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Cantankerous CoupleI Love Lucy (1951)· Vivian Vance
1958Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic or Comedy SeriesI Love Lucy (1951)
1957Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Performance by an ActorI Love Lucy (1951)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleI Love Lucy (1951)
1955Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Regular SeriesI Love Lucy (1951)
1954Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Series Supporting ActorI Love Lucy (1951)

TitleSalary
I Love Lucy (1951)$7,500 weekly (1957)
I Love Lucy (1951)$3,500 weekly (1953)
I Love Lucy (1951)$1,000 weekly (1952)
I Love Lucy (1951)$450 weekly (1951)

#Fact
1William Frawley won five consecutive Emmy nominations for best supporting actor for _"I Love Lucy (1953)"_ but he never won.
2In 1912, he was the first person to sing the classic, 'My Melancholy Baby.' He was appearing at the Mozart Cafe in Denver, Colorado. He happened to visit a pub on Curtis Street, where he knew the proprietor. Knowing Bill was looking for a new song for his act, the proprietor directed him to the pub's back room, where George Norton and Ernie Burnett were in the process of composing 'My Melancholy Baby.' He introduced the song that very night at the Mozart Cafe. In the audience that night was writer Damon Runyan, well-known for his drinking. After he introduced the song, Runyan, drunk and maudlin, called out 'Get Frawley to sing 'Melancholy Baby'!' repeatedly throughout the rest of the evening. Bill sang many encores. The comedy staple of a drunk requesting 'My Melancholy Baby' actually has a basis in fact!.
3He said he introduced the classic song "(Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in) Carolina in the Morning" in the Broadway Musical Revue "The Passing Show of 1922", which ran at the Winter Garden Theater in New York September 20 - December 2, 1922. As of this writing (May 2008), this has not been positively confirmed, as he is not listed in the Internet Broadway Database as being a cast member of that show.
4When he died in 1966, his gross estate totaled $92,446, and his assets were on track to grow after he died. He had a residual deal for I Love Lucy (1951), which was unique to performers of the day; he was to be paid in perpetuity. His estate and heirs were paid for decades for rerun revenues.
5Is portrayed by John Wheeler in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991)
6In early 1928, he was fired from Broadway show 'She's My Baby' starring Beatrice Lillie for punching Clifton Webb in the nose.
7Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 168-169. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
8Despite the fact that they played husband and wife on I Love Lucy (1951), Frawley and Vivian Vance disliked each other intensely. Part of it was the real life age difference between the two (Frawley was 22 years Vance's senior), but essentially it was a clash of two driving, strong personalities. Vance and her fourth husband were dining out when they heard Frawley had died. Upon receiving the news, Vance reportedly shouted, "Champagne for everybody!".
9Unable to secure his first choice, Gale Gordon for the role of "Fred Mertz," Desi Arnaz agreed to consider Frawley, who heavily lobbied for the part. Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball had invested everything they had for the pilot and were concerned about Frawley's alcoholism--- which was no secret around Hollywood--- Arnaz made it clear to him that, if he showed up drunk for work more than once, he would not only be fired from the program but blacklisted throughout the entertainment industry. Frawley, despite his lengthy film resume, was virtually unemployable by 1951--- thanks to a combination of his fondness for the bottle, and his disagreeable personality. He readily agreed to Arnaz's condition. He never showed up drunk on the set at all, and, in fact, Arnaz became one of his very few close friends. When Frawley died, Arnaz took out a full-page ad in the trade papers, consisting of Frawley's picture, edged in black, and three words: "Buenas noches, amigo!".
10By almost all accounts, Frawley's off-screen personality was not all that much different from his on-screen one. A notorious misanthrope, with one brief failed marriage behind him and a fondness for the bottle, he lived in the same bachelor apartment for most of his years in Hollywood.
11Possessed of a fine singing voice in his earlier days, it was supposedly William Frawley, not Al Jolson, that introduced Jolson popular hit song, "My Mammy" to vaudeville audiences.
12Both he and Vivian Vance had nothing but contempt for each other during the run of I Love Lucy (1951), which is probably what filtered into their TV characters and made them work so beautifully. The two were given the opportunity to move into their own "Fred and Ethel" spin-off once "Lucy" had run its course in 1959. Despite his animosity towards her, Frawley saw a lucrative opportunity and was quite game, but Vance nixed the idea, having no interest in ever working with Frawley again. Vance got her own series, Guestward Ho! (1960), which failed, but went on to make sporadic appearances on Lucille Ball's sitcoms and in films throughout the 1960's. Frawley hit it big as Bub on My Three Sons (1960).
13Never felt comfortable with the out-of-sequence filming method used on My Three Sons (1960) after doing I Love Lucy (1951) in sequence for years.
14Interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California, USA.

#Quote
1[on Hollywood] The money was great, and you had a ball. I played in 96 pictures - maybe one or two good ones.
2[on his initial reaction to "I Love Lucy"] I didn't think the thing had a chance. We did the lines over and over again, and it was like eating stew every night - stale and not a bit funny.
3To tell you the truth, I don't give much thought to television as a field of endeavor. It's a place - an art let's call it - where I'm making a livelihood. If something happens to television, I'll tend bar, something I enjoy doing.

#Trademark
1His role as Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy (1951)
2Played numerous sarcastic characters, through out his career.

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