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Franklin Parker

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Franklin Parker
Born(1902-11-08)November 8, 1902
Fillmore, Missouri, United States
DiedJune 12, 1962(1962-06-12) (aged 59)
Hollywood, California, United States
Years active1931–1955

Franklin Parker (November 8, 1902 – June 12, 1962), also known as Frank Parker or Franklyn Parker, was an American character actor who appeared in over 100 films during his twenty-five career. Born in Fillmore, Missouri on November 8, 1902,[1] he began his show business career on the vaudeville and Broadway stages, where he proved himself an admirable singer. During those years he would often be billed as Pinky.[2] In his final screen performance, on the small screen's The Donna Reed Show in 1961, he would return to his roots and be credited as Franklin Pinky Parker.[3] His film career would include appearances in such classic films as They Were Expendable, It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Mighty Joe Young, and Pat and Mike.[4] Occasionally he would have a larger role, such as the lead in the 1935 film, Sweet Surrender.[5] He would die of a heart attack in Hollywood, California on June 12, 1962.[1]


(Per AFI database)[4]


  1. ^ a b "Franklin Parker". Find a Grave. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Franklin Parker Biography". Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Merry Month of April". Archived from the original on October 17, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Franklin Parker". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Sweet Surrender: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
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