Frank McHugh

23 May 1898 - 11 Sep 1981


Francis Curray "Frank" McHugh (May 23, 1898 – September 11, 1981) was an American film and television actor.

Born in Homestead, Pennsylvania, 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 an act with him by the time he was ten years old, but the family quit the stage around 1930. Another brother, Ed,[1] became a stage manager and agent in New York.[2]

McHugh debuted on Broadway in The Fall Guy in 1925. Warner Bros. hired him as a contract player in 1930. McHugh 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 Bros. He was a close friend of James Cagney and appeared in more Cagney movies than any other actor. He appeared with him in eleven movies between 1932 and 1953. Their friendship lasted until McHugh's death. By the 1950s, his film career had begun to decline, as evinced by his smaller role in Career (1959). From 1964 to 1965, he played the role of Willie Walters, a live-in handyman on ABC's sitcom, The Bing Crosby Show. His last television appearance was as Charlie Wingate in the episode "The Fix-It Man" on CBS's Lancer western series. McHugh played a handyman in that role too.

McHugh was married to Dorothy Spencer. He had three children and two grandchildren.


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Filmography (34 titles)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eddie Dugan, Vicky's Agent)
(movie, 1953)
···It Happens Every Thursday
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Fred Hawley)
(movie, 1952)
···The Pace That Thrills
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Rocket Anderson)
(movie, 1949)
···Mighty Joe Young
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Windy)
(movie, 1947)
···Carnegie Hall
Genre: Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as John Donovan)
(movie, 1944)
···Going My Way
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Father Timothy O'Dowd)
(movie, 1942)
···Her Cardboard Lover
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Chappie Champagne)
(movie, 1941)
···Back Street
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ed Porter)
(movie, 1939)
···Dust Be My Destiny
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Caruthers)
(movie, 1939)
···On Your Toes
Genre: Comedy, Music
Role: Actor (as Paddy Reilly)
(movie, 1939)
···Wings of the Navy
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Scat Allen)
(movie, 1938)
···Four Daughters
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Ben Crowley)
(movie, 1938)
···He Couldn't Say No
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lambert T. Hunkins)
(movie, 1938)
···Little Miss Thoroughbred
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Todd Harrington)
(movie, 1938)
···Swing Your Lady
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Popeye)
(movie, 1938)
···Valley of the Giants
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as 'Fingers' McCarthy)
(movie, 1937)
···Submarine D-1
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as 'Lucky')
(movie, 1936)
···Freshman Love
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Role: Actor (as Coach Hammond)
(movie, 1936)
···Moonlight Murder
Genre: Mystery
Role: Actor (as William)
(movie, 1936)
···Three Men on a Horse
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Erwin Trowbridge)
(movie, 1935)
···The Irish in Us
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mike O'Hara)
(movie, 1934)
···6 Day Bike Rider
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Clinton)
(movie, 1934)
···Fashions of 1934
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Role: Actor (as Snap)
(movie, 1934)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as George)
(movie, 1933)
···Elmer, the Great
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Healy High-Hips)
(movie, 1933)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Hugo Van Hugh)
(movie, 1933)
···Grand Slam
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Philip 'Speed' McCann)
(movie, 1933)
···Mystery of the Wax Museum
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jim)
(movie, 1933)
···Son of a Sailor
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as 'Gaga')
(movie, 1933)
···Tomorrow at Seven
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Clancy)
(movie, 1932)
···One Way Passage
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Skippy)
(movie, 1930)
···The Dawn Patrol
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Flaherty)
(movie, 1930)
···The Widow from Chicago
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Slug)
(movie, 1930)
···Top Speed
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance, Sport
Role: Actor (as Tad Jordan)