Character actor Frank Aletter dies

Thesp appeared on television, Broadway

Character actor Frank Aletter, who starred in 1960s sitcoms “It’s About Time” and “Bringing Up Buddy,” died of cancer May 13 in Tarzana, Calif. He was 83.

Aletter started out on Broadway in shows such as musical “Bells are Ringing” also appeared in films such as “Mister Roberts” and “Tora!Tora!Tora!”

In sci-fi sitcom “It’s About Time,” he played an astronaut who breaks the time barrier and ends up back on earth, along with fellow astronaut Jack Mullaney.

He played Buddy Flower, a bachelor living with his aunts, in the 1960-61 series “Bringing Up Buddy.” He also had recurring roles on “The Cara Williams Show” and “Nancy.”

He appeared on more than 100 series, including “Perry Mason,” “The Lucy Show,” “MASH,” “All in the Family” and “Murder, She Wrote.”

Born in Queens, N.Y., he served in the Army just after WWII, then enrolled in the Dramatic Workshop at the New School for Social Research. He served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild for many years.

Married to actress Lee Meriwether during the 1960s, he is survived by his second wife, Estella, two daughters, two stepdaughters and a granddaughter.

Donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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