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Frank Fay

Born: Nov 17, 1891

Death: Sep 25, 1961

Birthplace: San Francisco

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Frank Fay

Date of Birth : Nov 17, 1891
Date of Death : Sep 25, 1961
Birth Place : San Francisco

Frank Fay was an American vaudeville comedian and film and stage actor. Highly successful in vaudeville, he originated the role of "Elwood P. Dowd" in the Broadway play Harvey by the American playwright Mary Coyle Chase. He is probably best known as actress Barbara Stanwyck's first husband. Their troubled marriage is thought by some to be the basis of the 1937 film A Star is Born, in which the previously unknown wife shoots to stardom while her husband's career goes into sharp decline. In January 1946, just months after Nazi Germany had been defeated, a rally of ten thousand white supremacists gathered at Madison Square Garden for a pro-Fascist event called "The Friends of Frank Fay."


  • Actor
  • Comedian

Also known as

  • Francis Anthony Donner


  • Frances White
  • Lee Buchanan
  • Barbara Stanwyck
  • Betty Kean


  • Dion Anthony Fay
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