Frank Cady

Sam Drucker, "Green Acres"

Born in Susanville, California on September 8, 1915, this actor is best remembered for playing the kind and helpful general store owner, Sam Drucker, on three 1960s Paul Henning TV series. He was a regular character on "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres," and was a recurring guest on "The Beverly Hillbillies."

Frank graduated from Stanford University, where he studied speech and drama, and when he first arrived in Hollywood, he taught announcing at the Don Martin School. He recently credited veteran film and television actor Fred Clark (best known to TV Land fans as the third Harry Morton on "The Burns and Allen Show") for helping him launch his successful show business career. When Clark and Cady met at Stanford, Clark arranged to have Cady cast in several plays in Los Angeles, including "The Square Needle" at the Las Palmas Theater in Hollywood. It was at a performance of this production that Ozzie and Harriet Nelson discovered Cady and offered him the role of Doc Williams, which he played on their TV program for the eleven years that directly preceded his tenure as Sam Drucker.

During Cady's 1954-1970 tenure as a TV Land regular, he had his share of guest appearances on other classic shows, including "The Danny Thomas Show," "Perry Mason," "Dennis the Menace," "Maverick," "The Real McCoys," "The Andy Griffith Show" (where he originated the role of the town drunk in the pilot episode), "Gunsmoke," and "Hawaii Five-O." One can also catch Frank at work in a trio of legendary film classics: John Huston's "The Asphalt Jungle," Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," and Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" (a.k.a. "The Big Carnival").