Frank Sully

Character actor Frank Sully proved wildly prolific; in a screen career that lasted nearly 35 years, he appeared in more than 270 film and television productions. Sully made his screen debut in 1934, when he scored extra ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1908

Filmography

Actor (18)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Last Hurrah 1958 (Movie)

Fire Captain (Actor)

Frontier Gambler 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

You Can't Run Away From It 1956 (Movie)

Rred (Actor)

Jungle Moon Men 1955 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Naked Street 1955 (Movie)

Nutsy (Actor)

The Spoilers 1955 (Movie)

miner (Actor)

The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

Doorman (Actor)

Battle of Rogue River 1953 (Movie)

Kohler (Actor)

Take Me to Town 1953 (Movie)

Sammy (Actor)

Man in the Saddle 1951 (Movie)

Lee Repp (Actor)

Killer Shark 1950 (Movie)

Patrick, bartender (Actor)

The Phantom Thief 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Got Me Covered 1942 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

All Through the Night 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Sister Eileen 1941 (Movie)

Jenson (Actor)

The Grapes of Wrath 1940 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

Some Like It Hot 1938 (Movie)

Sailor Burke / The Living Corpse (Actor)

Biography

Character actor Frank Sully proved wildly prolific; in a screen career that lasted nearly 35 years, he appeared in more than 270 film and television productions. Sully made his screen debut in 1934, when he scored extra work in the musical murder mystery "Murder at the Vanities." Never one to turn down a small role, Sully appeared in slews of Hollywood productions in minor roles, for many of which he did not receive screen credit. Happily, due to the rise in interest in Hollywood's Golden Age, scholars and historians have searched archives, awarding credits retroactively where they are due. While the 1930s were full of these long-lost bit parts, the 1940s brought Sully noteworthy roles and screen time. In 1940 alone, he appeared in 15 different films. Of these, the Missouri native may be best remembered as Noah, one of the long-suffering Joads in John Ford's Oscar-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck's dustbowl drama "The Grapes of Wrath," which starred Henry Fonda. Sully would go on to work with a number of big stars, including Lucille Ball in the romantic-comedy "A Girl, A Guy, and a Gob," Rosalind Russell in the screwball comedy "My Sister Eileen," Gary Cooper in the romance-fueled Western "Along Came Jones," and Janet Leigh in the musical comedy "Bye Bye Birdie." Sully retired after scoring one last (formerly) uncredited role in the Oscar-winning musical biopic "Funny Girl." He died in 1975, leaving behind a long history of supporting turns.

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