Frank Cady Dies: “Green Acres” Actor Was 96

By: Amanda Crum - June 11, 2012

Frank Cady, who was best known for his work on the ’60s television show “Green Acres” as general store owner Sam Drucker, has died at his Oregon home at the age of 96.

Cady had a remarkable acting career, beginning in 1936 and ending in 1990. Aside from playing several roles on popular television shows such as “Ozzie And Harriet” and “The Andy Griffith Show”, he was the first and only actor to play a recurring character on three separate shows which ran simultaneously: “Green Acres”, “Petticoat Junction”, and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. He also had a small role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. For the most part, Cady was cast in the same sort of roles over and over again, but he once said that didn’t bother him.

“You get typecast. I’m remembered for those shows and not for some pretty good acting jobs I did other times,” he said. “I suppose I ought to be grateful for that. Because otherwise I wouldn’t be remembered at all. I’ve got to be one of the luckiest guys in the world.”

Cady also served in WWII and was married for 58 years to the love of his life, Shirley, who died in 2008. They are survived by a son and daughter, as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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  • beth


    • Randy Morgan

      I wish the world was like Greenacres. Better place to live

  • Droopy56

    I saw an old episode of “Wagon Train” over the weekend. Frank played a bigot who harrassed an Indian (played by a very young MacDonald Carey)who was a decorated Army veteran. Talk about being cast against type! The Frank I remember was the Mr. Drucker type: affable, talkative and just a bit dim. So long, Mr. Cady. You and the your peers from the Golden Age of television are just about gone, but you will live on as long as there are those of us who remember.

  • lamar

    i always enjoyed Franks work and specially on Green Acres. Sam Drucker was a piece of work and from time to time i catch some of those shows including the Beverly Hillbillies on TV. those were the days and i always enjoyed them and have great memories of them and always will. May he RIP and i send my condolences to your family and friends.

  • Jim

    I wish they would make all of the shows available again every night. This CRAP on TV now isn’t worth watching anymore. I loved Green Acres”, “Petticoat Junction”, and “The Beverly Hillbillies” and a select few others like “Soap”. I’m not that old that I don’t appreciate the shows from the Golden Age of Television !!!

    • Janice Malnory

      That’s well said Jim……..

    • PghBruce

      Not that old? You sound plenty old to me, and I’m 46. How can you yearn for the high-concept comedies of the 1960s and call today’s shows crap? Since you mention “Soap,” I’ll feel free to point out some pretty funny, intelligent shows you’ve missed since then: Friends, Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Big Bang Theory, Frasier, Wings, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Mike & Molly. I’m guessing that hilarious shows like Family Guy and Three & a Half Men would probably offend you, since you yearn for those older, more family-friendly but not-too-intelligently-written shows. But there was crap then, just as now. Ignore that and find the good stuff out there now.

      • Janice Malnory

        My Name is Earl, King of Queens, that 70’s Show are a few others with silly comedy that I watch re-runs over and over of………I forgot about Mike and Molly. Is that still on and when?

  • Debi

    RIP… Sam was not dim witted it was his patrons who were! Yes I too would life like Green Acres…Thank You for making us smile all these years….

    • PghBruce

      A good observation, Debi, that few noticed. Sam was always the voice of reason.

  • floyd rutland

    they don’t make them like that any more. those shows were alot better than the ones on today.

    • Jim Whitson

      You should watch old Gilmore Girls alot like Green Acres
      Crazy characters weird neighbors if you never watched the series it is worth watching

  • Joe

    Hey, Frank is still on in 46 episodes of Green Acres.

  • anne

    WE loved this show! so intertaining, actually…you could leave your kids in the room and not worry about innapropriate language! everybody could watch it together. I miss those days, so much talent, anne

  • John

    RIP Sam. Greener acres are waiting for you now…

  • Paul Presti

    Whe don’t realize what actors go through.I believe it’s very heard and in the end their glad to get home to familly.What a great guy and such goofy
    lines.I will always love “Green Acres”. What a one line comic greatness.

  • Joe Lefebre

    Frank Cady defined the roles he played. A believable likable actor with great timing and a very smooth performance. He is one of comedy’s finest set-up men. He added balance and extended the opportunities for comedy or situations which moved us forward in the plot. As the glue which made so many situations work, Frank Cady can be remembered as a top artist to his craft and as a exceptional performer.