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Green Acres Star Frank Cady Dies at 96

Date June 11, 2012

Frank Cady

Frank Cady, best known as Sam Drucker on Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies, has died. He was 96.

Cady died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., his daughter Catherine Turk told The Los Angeles Times. A cause of death was not given.

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Born and raised in California, Cady started acting in 1946 after serving in World War II, landing small roles, including a non-speaking part in Rear Window. He recurred on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as Doc Williams in the 1950s.

In 1965, he scored the role of general store proprietor Sam Drucker on Green Acres. During the show's run, he guest-starred on Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies as Drucker, becoming the only actor to play a recurring character on three sitcoms simultaneously. He reprised the part for the 1990 TV movie Return to Green Acres — his final acting role.

Cady married his wife Shirley in 1940; she died in 2008. Besides their daughter Catherine, he is survived by their son Steven, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  

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