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Steve Franken, RIP

LOS ANGELES — Actor Steve Franken, perhaps best remembered as the wealthy and snobbish Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the early 1960s sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” died of cancer here on Aug. 24. He was 80. MSTies will recall him as Henry Maitland in the movie in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
His NYT obit is here.

14 Replies to “Steve Franken, RIP”

  1. big61al says:

    Time marches forward waiting for no one. Yet another twinkling star in the constellation MST3K. RIP


  2. GregS says:

    Another familiar face is gone. RIP.


  3. gary bowden says:

    He was very funny in The Party with Peter Sellers..RIP.


  4. Leo Artunian says:

    Franken was brilliant as the spoiled rich boy Chatsworth Osbourne Jr. in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” His performance probably shaped my life-long opinion of rich folks and kept me from naming either of my sons “Chatsworth.”


  5. bobhoncho says:

    RIP Steve. And does anyone know if he is related to Al?


  6. lancecorbain says:

    Watched many an episode of Dobie Gillis growing up, to the point that I expect him to come out and talk to us whenever I see the “Thinker” statue in something. Oh Chatsworth…


  7. Thomas K. Dye says:

    He had many roles in Jerry Lewis films. He also had several supporting roles in Bewitched episodes, including “Cousin Henry.” It seemed like every time I turned around in an old sitcom or comedy, there he was. A prolific and funny actor. Rest in peace.


  8. Stefanie says:

    I loved that guy! :^(


  9. Sampo says:

    bobhoncho–according to one report I saw, they’re second cousins.


  10. darthservo says:

    How come they never released Dobie Gillis on DVD…that was a great show.


  11. Ryan says:

    In that picture, he kinda looks like a young Nicholas Cage.


  12. Larry says:

    Wow, huge bummer. Love Dobie Gillis and Franken was ALWAYS fantastic whenever he was on it. RIP.


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  14. Captn Ross Hagen says:

    Great picture of him, sad news he was a cool guy.


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