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Steve Franken dies at 80; portrayed rich pal of 'Dobie Gillis'
Steve Franken dies at 80; portrayed rich pal of 'Dobie Gillis'

Steve Franken, a veteran character actor whose long career included playing the spoiled young millionaire Chatsworth Osborne Jr. on the popular situation comedy "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" in the early 1960s, has died. He was 80. Franken died of cancer Friday at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Canoga Park, said his wife, Jean. In a more than 50-year career that began in New York, Franken appeared in scores of TV shows and several movies, including "The Party," "The Americanization of Emily," "The Missouri Breaks" and the Jerry Lewis comedies "Which Way to the Front?" and "Hardly Working." But for many TV fans, Franken...

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