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Character actor Frank Cady dies at 96

Played same character on 'Green Acres,' 'Petticoat Junction'

Frank Cady, a character actor best known as the general-store owner on the sitcom “Green Acres,” died Friday, June 8, at his home in Wilsonville, Ore. He was 96.

Cady played Sam Drucker, one of the less loony denizens of Hooterville in “Green Acres,”during the entire run of the 1965-71 series that starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Cady also played Drucker on “Petticoat Junction” and “The Beverly Hillbillies,” becoming the only actor to play the same character on three shows simultaneously, according to TV Guide. In his final acting role, he returned to play Sam Drucker in the 1990 telepic “Return to Green Acres.”

He also had a recurring role as Doc Williams on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”

The actor occasionally appeared in films as well, most notably in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Other films in the 1950s included “Ace in the Hole,” “When Worlds Collide,” “The Bad Seed” and “The Girl Most Likely.”

Born in Susanville, Calif., Cady went to Stanford, studying journalism and drama, and did an apprenticeship at the Westminster Theater in London, where he also appeared on TV in an early BBC experiment in 1938. His first film role was an uncredited part in Frank Capra classic “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town.”

He and his wife, Shirley, moved to Oregon in the 1990s. She died in 2008.

Cady is survived by a son and a daughter as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.