Hollywood veteran Frank Marth has passed away at the age of 91. Read on for the facts on his death as well as Marth’s life as a star.
1. The Death Occurred This Past Sunday
— Greg Kjos (@Kjosy) January 13, 2014
On Sunday, January 12, 2014, Frank Marth passed away from congestive heart failure as well as Alzheimer’s disease. The Hollywood Reporter states that he died in Rancho Mirage, California.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Hope Holiday.
2. Marth Was In Show Business For Over Five Decades
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Throughout his career, Marth appeared in many films and on a host of television shows. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
He played a detective in Madame X (1966) opposite Lana Turner, a police lieutenant working with Richard Widmark in Madigan (1968), an Air Force man in the Gregory Peck film Marooned (1969) and a Nazi officer on the sitcom Hogan’s Heroes.
Don't be the first name on the black list! (Hogan's Hofbrau/S1 E13) RIP Frank Marth (July 29, 1922-January 12, 2014) pic.twitter.com/bXW5Olth4D
— Hogan's Heroes Fans (@HogansHeroes_) January 14, 2014
3. He Is Most Known for The Honeymooners
As a member of Jackie Gleason’s stock company on The Honeymooners, Marth’s role was Harvey Wohlstetter. Check out an episode of The Honeymooners in the above video. Marth makes his appearance about 13 minutes into the episode as he gets his hair done in a local barbershop.
4. Gleason Always Called Marth “Francis”
Frank Marth worked with Jackie Gleason on several projects, not just The Honeymooners. He also particpated as a cast member on Gleason’s variety shows Cavalcade of Stars and American Scene Magazine. The two stars got along famously. In fact, in actress Audrey Meadows’ book “Love, Alice: My Life as a Honeymooner”, Marth stated that Gleason would always call him Francis, rather than Frank. He said:
I always felt like I was going to a party, instead of work. It was such a blast.
5. Marth’s Last Film Was Loving Deadly
The last movie that Frank Marth appeared in was Loving Deadly, which is about a man smuggling babies across the border. Of course he gets caught and falls in love with a hooker who’s hired to give him conjugal visits in prison.
Marth actually got his start in the entertainment industry as a stage actor in Manhattan. He then branched off onto the big and small screen and appeared on shows including The Young and the Restless, The Patty Duke Show, and Dirty Dozen: The Series.