Frank Craven biography

Frank Craven

Actor, Film director

1881 – 1945

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Who was Frank Craven?

Frank Craven was an American stage and film actor, playwright, and screenwriter, best known for originating the role of the Stage Manager in Thornton Wilder's Our Town.

Craven was a character actor who often portrayed wry, small-town figures. His first film role was in We Americans, and he appeared in State Fair, Penrod and Sam, Jack London, and Son of Dracula, among many others. He wrote numerous screenplays, most notably for the Laurel and Hardy film Sons of the Desert. His IMDB biography credits him with 16 writing credits and 2 directing credits.

In 1938, Craven played the Stage Manager in Our Town on Broadway, and reprised the role in the 1940 film version of the play. His son John Craven starred as George Gibbs in the stage version, a role played by William Holden in the 1940 film.

Craven died in 1945, shortly after finishing his work in Colonel Effingham's Raid.

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Born
Aug 24, 1881
Boston
Also known as
  • Francis Henry Craven
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Nationality
  • United States of America
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Died
Sep 1, 1945
Beverly Hills

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on July 23, 2013

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