Billy Franey

William Gerald Franey (June 23, 1889 December 6, 1940) was an American film actor.[1] Born in Chicago in 1889, Franey appeared in more than 400 films between 1914 and 1941, mostly playing comedic roles. He was an actor of disheveled appearance and fuzzy mustache, usually in a suit a couple of sizes too big. His late career included numerous uncredited appearances in classics like Bringing Up Baby, and he also appeared as the father-in-law of Edgar Kennedy in several of his series of short comedies. He contracted influenza and died from complications involving the illness in 1940.

Billy Franey
Franey at right in Her Naughty Wink (1920)
William Gerald Franey

(1889-06-23)June 23, 1889
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedDecember 6, 1940(1940-12-06) (aged 51)
Years active1914–1940

Partial filmography


  1. Vazzana, Eugene Michael (May 18, 2019). "Silent Film Necrology". McFarland. Retrieved May 18, 2019 via Google Books.
  2. Motography Volume 17, Issue 4 - Page 1019 1917 The Leak (William Franey)

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