US character actor Steve Franken, best known for The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Bewitched and The Party has died, aged 80.
Franken’s career spanned almost 60 years with more than 150 film and TV appearances. He played played millionaire ‘Chatsworth Osborne Jr.’ on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis from 1959-1963 and had characters in seven episodes of Bewitched.
He also appeared on Love, American Style five times and had guest shots in other series including Petticoat Junction, My Favorite Martian, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, The Patty Duke Show, McHale’s Navy, That Girl, The Mod Squad, Quincy ME, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Simon and Simon, Adam-12, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Charlie’s Angels, Diff’rent Strokes, Hill Street Blues, Barney Miller, Hotel, Seinfeld, ER, Murphy Brown, and The King of Queens.
Film roles included the the increasingly inebriated waiter on The Party, plus The Americanization of Emily, Panic in the City, Which Way to the Front?, Westworld, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Missouri Breaks, The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu, Curse of the Pink Panther , Nurse Betty, Angels & Demons and Reach, not yet released.
Franken died of cancer in Los Angeles.