Frank Fay (I) (1891–1961)

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Frank Fay was born on November 17, 1891 in San Francisco, California, USA as Francis Anthony Donner. He was an actor, known for God's Gift to Women (1931), Nothing Sacred (1937) and The Matrimonial Bed (1930). He was married to Barbara Stanwyck, Gladys Buchanan, Betty Kean and Frances White. He died on September 25, 1961 in Santa Monica, ... See full bio »

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God's Gift to Women Toto Duryea
Nothing Sacred Master of Ceremonies
The Matrimonial Bed Leopold Trebel
Love Nest Charles Kenneth 'Charley' Patterson


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 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Father O'Dowd
- Tom and Jerry (1955) ... Father O'Dowd
 1951 Love Nest
Charles Kenneth 'Charley' Patterson
 1943 Spotlight Scandals
Frank Fay
 1940 They Knew What They Wanted
Father McKee
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Jefferson Anthony Gilman (Jeff)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Master of Ceremonies
 1935 Stars Over Broadway
 1932 A Fool's Advice
Spencer Brown
 1931 Stout Hearts and Willing Hands (Short)
The Hero
 1931 God's Gift to Women
Toto Duryea
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Frank Fay
 1930 Bright Lights
Wally Dean
 1930 The Matrimonial Bed
Leopold Trebel
 1930 Under a Texas Moon
Don Carlos
 1929 Show of Shows
Master of Ceremonies
 1922 Wicklow Gold (Short)
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Stage: Appeared in / assembled / directed / produced "Frank Fay Vaudeville" on Broadway. Special/revue. Musical Director: Tom Jones. Scenic Design by Hjalmer Hermanson. Costume Design by John Booth Jr. and Billy Livingston. 44th Street Theatre: 2 Mar 1939-19 Apr 1939 (60 performances). Cast: Charles Dale, Elsie Janis [final Broadway ... See more »

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Severe alcoholism was the purported reason his marriage to Barbara Stanwyck failed. It nearly obliterated his career until he revived himself in the 1940s, starring in the play "Harvey" as the lead character, Elwood P. Dowd, whose friend is an invisible rabbit. However, James Stewart played the role in the film version. See more »



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