“Steve Franken, a character actor specializing in comedy who appeared in films with Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis and others, but was best known for playing the wealthy and snobbish Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the hit sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 80.
The cause was cancer, his wife, Jean, said.
Mr. Franken’s television and film career lasted more than 50 years. He was a frequent guest on popular shows like “Bewitched” and “Love, American Style,” and also appeared on “Mission: Impossible,” “Seinfeld” and many other series.
He acted in films with a long list of stars, including Peter Sellers in “The Party” and “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu”; Mr. Lewis in “Which Way to the Front?” and “Hardly Working”; Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson in “The Missouri Breaks”; and James Garner and Julie Andrews in “The Americanization of Emily.”
But Mr. Franken first gained widespread attention on “Dobie Gillis,” which ran from 1959 to 1963. His character, Chatsworth, was a boastful rich kid who nonetheless was friendly with Dobie (Dwayne Hickman), a grocer’s son, and his beatnik friend, Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver).”
When Franken left the show he was replaced by Warren Beatty as “Milton Armitage” — a wealthy lothario with eyes on Dobie’s invariably-out-of-reach inamorata “Thalia Meninger” — Tuesday Weld.
While he obviously longed to, Tuesday insists to this day that Warren never got to first base with her.
Of Franken, Wiki sez –
“Steve Franken, the son of a Hollywood press agent, was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. His first screen role was in 1958 as “Willie” in CBS’ Playhouse 90 dramatic series. Producer Rod Amateau saw him in a Los Angeles stage production of Say, Darling and cast him as playboy dilettante Chatsworth Osborne, Jr., on the CBS series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Franken appeared as a recurring guest in numerous episodes beginning midway through the first season and continuing through the fourth, from 1960 to 1963. Franken attributed the character’s look of pained condescension to an ulcer he had suffered since age 14, when his mother died.”
But what accounts for the pained expression of Chatsworth’s Iconographic Offspring jut nominated for POTUS by the Republi-Whigs?
“Mitt Romney, it turns out, is the perfect frontman for Wall Street’s greed revolution. He’s not a two-bit, shifty-eyed huckster like Lloyd Blankfein. He’s not a sighing, eye-rolling, arrogant jerkwad like Jamie Dimon. But Mitt believes the same things those guys believe: He’s been right with them on the front lines of the financialization revolution, a decades-long campaign in which the old, simple, let’s-make-stuff-and-sell-it manufacturing economy was replaced with a new, highly complex, let’s-take-stuff-and-trash-it financial economy. Instead of cars and airplanes, we built swaps, CDOs and other toxic financial products. Instead of building new companies from the ground up, we took out massive bank loans and used them to acquire existing firms, liquidating every asset in sight and leaving the target companies holding the note. The new borrow-and-conquer economy was morally sanctified by an almost religious faith in the grossly euphemistic concept of “creative destruction,” and amounted to a total abdication of collective responsibility by America’s rich, whose new thing was making assloads of money in ever-shorter campaigns of economic conquest, sending the proceeds offshore, and shrugging as the great towns and factories their parents and grandparents built were shuttered and boarded up, crushed by a true prairie fire of debt.”
No record of how Franken would vote were he still with us. Chatsworth certainly would be a Romney fan. But Warren Beatty is a solid Obama supporter.
Not as solid as his Iconographic Offfsping George Clooney perhaps
But then who is?
Sing us out kids.