Steve Franken Dead at 80, “Dobie Gillis” Actor

    August 31, 2012
    Chad Sweely
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If you were a fan of the 1959 TV series of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, I am sure you remember the character of Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. If so, I am saddened to tell you that Steve Franken, the actor who played Chatsworth Osborne, Jr, has died at the age of 80.

Steve Franken (born as Stephen Robert Franken) got involved with acting in 1958 with a small role in the TV show Cop Hater, and moved to a more developed role as Willie in Playhouse 90, his first CBS television series. After Franken’s involvement with The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis as Chatsworth Osborne, Jr. (his most-known role), Franken starred as Dick in Tom, Dick, and Mary.

Later in his acting career, Franken starred in various roles in the late 1960’s comedy TV series of Bewitched, playing minor roles in seven episodes, such as: George Barkley, Hawkins, Orvis, Juke, Cousin Henry, and Bruce.

Recently, Franken came active in voice acting, presenting the voices in various television series, such as Spawn (additional voices), and Detention (Mr. Beal). Franken can also be seen in the Ron Howard mystery Angels & Demons as Cardinal Colbert.

On August 24th, 2012, Steve Franken passed away due to complications with cancer at 80 years old. Many fans of Franken’s acting presence have left their respects via Twitter.

  • Bob Ventura

    Why couldn’t it be Al Franken!!! Why???

    • Don Jones

      How awful to wish someone else dead!

      • GeeAyeJoe

        YES! However, he’d probably cheat at that too and avoid dying.

    • Bobby

      @Bob, why is it someone always beats me to the good comments??? I was thinnking the same thing when I saw “Franken Dead”.

    • http://yahoo.com Barb

      Typical Republican. They claim to believe in democracy and freedom of speech, but only if you say what they believe. Have your own opinion–they wish you dead.

  • stacey

    because he is good enough… smart enough… and dog gonnit people like him!

    • Mark

      Wrong Franken.

  • Kathy

    I remember him. That is sad.

  • http://crocodile_smile_inc freakyfrank

    yeah !

  • Kim

    Oh darn, thought it was Al Franken!