Steve Franken

Though actor Steve Franken groused about being typecast for his best-known role as the arrogant millionaire foil to the teen lead in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," he managed to find plenty of other roles in a career ... Read more »
Born: 05/27/1932 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Cardinal Colbert (Actor)

Panic Button 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Threshold 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1993 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1993 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

Administrator (Actor)

Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murphy Brown 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sparks 1993 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Herman's Head 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breakfast of Aliens 1993 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Never Forget 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Transylvania Twist 1989 (Movie)

Has Upp (Actor)

Freeway 1988 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Can't Buy Me Love 1987 (Movie)

Moda Clerk (Actor)

Packy 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

High School U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sheriff and the Astronaut 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 (Movie)

Drunk (Actor)

Scared Silly 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hardly Working 1981 (Movie)

Steve Torres (Actor)

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu 1980 (Movie)

Pete Williams (Actor)

The North Avenue Irregulars 1979 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Avalanche 1978 (Movie)

Henry McDade (Actor)

It Happened at Lake Wood Manor 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

Organist (Actor)

Man From Atlantis 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Tony Orlando and Dawn 1973 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Sky Hei$t 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Lonesome Kid (Actor)

Houston, We've Got a Problem 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stranger 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Westworld 1973 (Movie)

Technician (Actor)

Three For Tahiti 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Number One 1969 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Which Way to the Front? 1969 (Movie)

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Angel in My Pocket 1968 (Movie)

Zimmerman (Actor)

Panic in the City 1968 (Movie)

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The Party 1968 (Movie)

Levinson--the Waiter (Actor)

Follow Me, Boys! 1966 (Movie)

POW Lieutenant (Actor)

The Americanization of Emily 1964 (Movie)

Young Sailor (Actor)

Dobie Gillis 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Time Travelers 1963 (Movie)

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Every Man Needs One (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Me... Kill Me (TV Show)

Actor

Murder on Flight 502 (TV Show)

Actor

Not Just Another Affair (TV Show)

Actor

On Wings of Eagles (TV Show)

Actor

Terror Out of the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Survivors (TV Show)

Actor

The Voyage of the Yes (TV Show)

Actor

There Were Times, Dear (TV Show)

Actor

Zuma Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though actor Steve Franken groused about being typecast for his best-known role as the arrogant millionaire foil to the teen lead in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," he managed to find plenty of other roles in a career spanning over 50 years. Born in Brooklyn, the son of a Hollywood press agent, he acted for the stage before making the move to the big and small screens in minor feature parts and an episode of the anthology series "Playhouse 90." Spotted in a play by producer-director Rod Amateau, he was soon cast as Chatsworth Osborne Jr., the entertainingly irritating rich friend in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," a character so popular and commanding that he was limited to occasional episodes in order to avoid overpowering the lead. The infrequent work left Franken struggling to land roles of a different stripe, but falling into a similar part in the single season of "Tom, Dick and Mary." He persisted in his search and played a vast number of guest spots on shows of the '60s through the '80s in such varied series as "Mission: Impossible," "Mary Tyler Moore," and "Bewitched." On the big screen, he filled smaller supporting parts in such memorable films as the Peter Sellers comedy "The Party," the science fiction classic "Westworld," and the religious thriller sequel "Angels & Demons."

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