Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001409031: WILLIAM FRAWLEY

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Extremely rare vintage signature in indelible pencil on 4.5 x 6-inch pale grey autograph album page, acquired in-person by inveterate collector Rosanne Deerdorff Ochoa in 1935, who must have managed to charm the typically unobliging character actor.  In essentially perfect condition, having been lovingly stored for nearly 80 years.  Cranky William Frawley had memorable roles in films like Bolero (1934), The Crime Doctor (1934), Roberta (1935), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), Gentleman Jim (1942), Going My Way (1944), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Babe Ruth Story (1948), East Side, West Side (1949), The Lemon Drop Kid (1951), and the horror-themed comedy Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951).  However, it was in the then-burgeoning medium of television that he found his most lasting fame, unforgettable as snarky, hotheaded Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy" (1951-1957) and Grandpa Bub on "My Three Sons" (1960-1965).