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Frank Albertson

Personal information
Birth dateFebruary 2, 1909
Place of birthFergus Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Date of deathFebruary 29, 1964(age 55)
Death placeSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Years active1923 1964
SpouseVirginia Shelley (1931-1943) 2 children
Grace Gillern (1943-1964; his death) 4 children

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Frank Albertson (February 2, 1909 - February 29, 1964) was an American character actor who made his debut in a minor part in Hollywood at age 13.

Francis Healy Albertson was a native of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the first child of Frank B. and Mary Healy Albertson. He spent his childhood first in Frazee, Minnesota and then in Puyallup, Washington. As a young man in Los Angeles, he got work as a photography laboratory assistant, which resulted in contacts leading to his acting career.

Albertson made well over one hundred appearances (1923 - 1964) in movies and television. He is probably best remembered for his role as Sam Wainwright, the businessman fond of saying "Hee-Haw" in the movie It's a Wonderful Life (1946). He played the wealthy rancher, Tom Cassidy, at the start of Psycho (1960), who provides the cash that Janet Leigh's character later steals. Albertson portrayed future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1956 episode "Rough Rider" of CBS's My Friend Flicka television series.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit making training films during World War II.

Albertson died in his sleep at his home in Santa Monica, California. He was survived by his wife Grace and four children.

For contributions to the motion picture industry, Frank Albertson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6758 Hollywood Boulevard.

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