Frank Aletter, the remarkable character artist of yesteryears dies at 83

May 17th, 2009 - 8:36 pm ICT by GD  

Frank Aletter, one of the most impressive and popular character artists died on the 15th of this month. Aletter’s death was announced by his daughter Kyle Oldham. He was suffering from cancer for a long time and he breathed his last at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

Frank Aletter had risen to fame with his famous comedies “Bringing Up Buddy” and “It’s About Time” in the 1960s. He had also acted in a number of Broadways plays and had also made his presence felt on the big screen. However, it was his roles on the television sitcoms that earned him recognition and fame.

In the cult series, “Bringing Up Buddy”, he played the role of an investment guy living with his spinster aunts. He played the role with great flair and then moved on to play the astronaut in “It’s About Time”. The comedy series was telecast from 1966-67, but within this short span he had made a place for himself in the highly competitive comic space on the American television. He is also well-known for his roles in the other serials like “The Cara Williams Show” and “Nancy”.

Beside his regular roles in the popular sitcoms of the sixties and the seventies, Frank had also played important guest appearances in over hundreds of serials like, “Perry Mason”, “MASH,” “All in the Family,” “Murder, She Wrote”, “Fantasy Island,” “The Lucy Show” and more.

Born in 1926 in New York, Frank’s career did not start as an actor. For two years from 1946 to 1948, he was in the army. His debut in the field of entertainment was through the Broadway production called “Mister Roberts”. The other plays that he acted in were “Wish You Were Here” and “Time Limit”. With his death, a great chapter in American television has come to an end.

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