Most people know William Frawley as Fred Mertz, the landlord to the Ricardo’s in the long running comedy show I Love Lucy. However, long before television he got his start in Vaudville.
For a time he performed a vaudeville act with his brother Paul. In 1914 Frawley married Edna Louise Broedt and they performed in vaudeville as Frawley and Louise until they divorced in 1927.
William Frawley was a character actor in over 100 films from 1931-1962. Some of Frawley’s films include: Mad About Music (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939), Gentleman Jim (1942), Going My Way (1944), Ziegfield Follies (1946) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
For six years he played Fred Mertz in I Love Lucy and was nominated for an Emmy Award five times for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a comedy series. After I Love Lucy he played Uncle Bub in My Three Sons for five years.
An Interesting tidbit about William Frawley is that he was a huge Yankees fan. It was written in his I Love Lucy contract that if the Yankees went to the World Series he did not have to work those days.