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Francis Curran McHugh


Born: May 23, 1898 - Homestead, Pennsylvania

Died: September 11, 1981 - Greenwich, Connecticut

Spouse: Film editor Dorothy Spencer (from 1933 until his death). They had three children.

Biography: Frank McHugh came from a theatrical family. His parents ran a stock theatre company, and as a young child he performed on stage. His brother Matt and sister Kitty performed in an act with him by the time he was ten years old, but the family quit the stage around 1930. His brother Jimmy McHugh became a composer who wrote "On The Sunny Side of the Street" and "I'm in the Mood for Love" among many other songs. Another brother, Ed, became an agent in New York.

Frank debuted on Broadway in in 1925. Warner Brothers hired him as a contract player in 1930. He played everything from lead actor to sidekick, and would often provide comedy relief. He appeared in over 150 films and television productions, and worked with almost every star at Warner Brothers.

By the 1950s, his film career had begun to decline. From 1964 to 1965, he played the television role of Willis Walter on "The Bing Crosby Show".


- Bio courtesy of Wikipedia