Actor Known for Role on ‘Dobie Gillis’ Dead at 80

Aug 30, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A veteran TV actor who played an iconic character on the early 1960s comedy series “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” has died, TheWrap.com reports. Steve Franken, best known for playing the dilettante Chatsworth Osborne Jr., was 80.

Franken died Friday after a battle with cancer.

Franken had a long career in television and also appeared regularly in feature films. He made his biggest impact during “Dobie’s” 1959-1963 run on CBS, but also played many characters on "Bewitched," such as Cousin Henry and Orvis.

Other TV appearances included “Adam-12,” “Love, American Style,” “The Patty Duke Show” and “Mission: Impossible.” He was a regular on the short-lived “Tom, Dick and Mary” in the mid-1960s.

Franklin appeared in the 2009 film "Angels & Demons," playing Cardinal Colbert. One of his more notable film appearances was in 1968’s "The Party," in which he played an increasingly drunk waiter, the story notes.

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Here’s a clip of Franken as Warlock Bruce on "Bewitched":

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