Frank Craven

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Frank Craven
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Frank Craven in 1922
Born(1875-08-24)24 August 1875
Died1 September 1945(1945-09-01) (aged 70)
Occupationactor, director, playwright, producer
Years active1928–1945
Spouse(s)Mazie B. Daly
ChildrenJohn Craven

Frank Craven (24 August 1875 – 1 September 1945)[1] 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.


Frank Craven, Martha Scott and John Craven in the original Broadway production of Our Town (1938)

Craven was a character actor who often portrayed wry, small-town figures. His first film role was in We Americans (1928), and he appeared in State Fair (1933), Penrod and Sam (1937), Jack London (1943), and Son of Dracula (1943), among many others. He wrote numerous screenplays, most notably for the Laurel and Hardy film Sons of the Desert (1933). 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.

Craven was a Republican who campaigned for Thomas Dewey in 1944.[2]


Frank Craven as the Stage Manager in the original Broadway production of Our Town (1938)


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