When Rosemary Clooney appeared on David Frankham’s BBC radio program in 1955, she encouraged her host to pursue his unfulfilled dream of acting. Without knowing anyone else in America, Frankham left England for Hollywood, where a same day chance encounter with Elizabeth Taylor and Alec Guinness soon launched him onto live television without a single acting lesson or credit to his name.
Frankham appeared on many of TV’s enduring classics, from playing Larry Marvick, one of the engineers who designed the USS Enterprise on Star Trek, to other popular shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits, and Maverick. Movie success followed, including leading roles in Return of the Fly, Master of the World, and Tales of Terror, all three starring his boyhood idol, Vincent Price. Other notable film roles included voicing Sgt. Tibs the cat in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.
With a foreword by film and Disney historian Brian Sibley, here is the inspiring story of a working actor whose passion for his craft only enhanced his appreciation of working with such greats as Walt Disney, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Boris Karloff, Shirley Temple, Rock Hudson, Roger Corman, and many more. David Frankham shares his anecdotes and the positive worldview that enabled him to make boyhood dreams come true.
Collaborator Jim Hollifield has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist and in public relations. He has contributed to several books on popular culture.