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Billy Franey

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Billy Franey
Billy Franey - Jun 1922 EH.jpg
Franey in 1922
William Gerald Franey

(1889-06-23)June 23, 1889
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedDecember 6, 1940(1940-12-06) (aged 51)
Years active1914–1940

William Gerald Franey (June 23, 1889 – December 6, 1940) was an American film actor.[1]

Born in Chicago in 1889,[2] Franey appeared in more than 400 films between 1914 and 1941, mostly playing comedic roles. He was an actor of disheveled appearance and fuzzy mustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His late career included numerous uncredited appearances in classics like Bringing Up Baby, and he also appeared as the father-in-law of Edgar Kennedy in several of his series of short comedies.

Franey contracted influenza and died from complications involving the illness in 1940.[2]

in his funeral the Mouners were Gale Henry, Vivian Oakland, Milburn Morante, Edgar Kennedy, and Max Asher (actor)

Partial filmography

Franey at right in Her Naughty Wink (1920)
Franey at right in Her Naughty Wink (1920)


  1. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (May 18, 2019). Silent Film Necrology. McFarland. ISBN 9780786410590. Retrieved May 18, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Wollstein, Hans J. "Billy Franey". AllMovie. Archived from the original on July 21, 2021. Retrieved July 21, 2021.
  3. ^ Motography Volume 17, Issue 4 - Page 1019 1917 The Leak (William Franey)
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