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Billy Franey

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Billy Franey
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]

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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