‘Green Acres’ Actor Frank Cady Dies at 96

Sam Cady played general-store owner Sam Drucker throughout "Green Acres'" run, and also on "Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction"

Last Updated: June 11, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

Frank Cady, who played rural merchant Sam Drucker on the '60s series "Green Acres," has moved on to the great general store in the sky.

Cady's daughter, Catherine Turk, told the Los Angeles Times that Cady died at his Wilsonville, Ore. home on Friday at the age of 96. Turk did not offer a cause of death.

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Cady, who had played Drucker throughout "Green Acres"' 1965 to 1971 run on CBS, as well as on "Petticoat Junction" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," reprised the role once more in the 1990 made-for-television movie "Return to Green Acres."

Born in Susanville, Calif., Cady studied journalism and drama at Stanford University before serving an apprenticeship at London's Westminster Theater, where he appeared in four plays. It was in England that Cady made an early television appearance, on the BBC in 1938.

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After returning to Stanford to pursue graduate studies, Cady abandoned the academic life to become an announcer and news broadcaster at several radio stations in California. However, he set aside his show-business career to join the U.S. Air Force, serving overseas during World War II.

In addition to his portrayal of Sam Drucker, Cady also had a recurring role on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" as Doc Williams, and appeared in numerous television shows and movies throughout his career, including "Maverick," "Rear Window" and "Eight Is Enough."