Frank Albertson Movies and Career Information

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Feb 02, 1909
Fergus Falls
Frank Albertson was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age thirteen. Francis Healey Albertson was a native of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the first child of Frank B. and Mary Albertson. He spent his childhood first in nearby Frazee, and later in Puyallup, Washington. As a young man in Los Angeles, he worked as a laboratory assistant in a photographic shop, which resulted in contacts leading to his acting career. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II. Albertson made well over one hundred appearances in movies and television. In his early career he often sang and danced in such films as Just Imagine and A Connecticut Yankee. He was featured in Alice Adams as the title character's brother, and in Room Service he played opposite the Marx Brothers. As he aged he moved from featured roles to supporting and character parts—in his later career he can be seen as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of the CBS western television series, My Friend Flicka. He guest starred in the early NBC western series, The Californians and twice in the David Janssen crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

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