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Character Actor Frank Cady Dies at 96

Sam Drucker

Cady as Sam Drucker

If you remember Petticoat Junction or Green Acres or The Beverly Hillbillies, you’ll remember General Store proprietor Sam Drucker, who was played by Frank Cady. Cady died Friday at his home in Wilsonville, Ore., at Age 96.

Cady played Drucker for the entire run of “Green Acres” on CBS, from 1965 to 1971, when it was canceled.He was also in the 1990 movie, Return To Green Acres.

Frank Cady was first known on television for playing Doc Williams on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In films, he had a part in Hitchcock’s Rear Window, among others. He also appeared in many Southern California stage productions.

David Nelson Dead at 74…

From NPR:

David Nelson, who starred on his parents’ popular television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick. The show originated on radio in 1952 as “Here Come the Nelsons, then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet with some of the story lines taken from the stars’ own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run.

The show was shot in the Nelson family home in the Hollywood foothills, which remains a popular attraction for visitors on Hollywood celebrity bus tours.

Born in New York City, David attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California.