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Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton

Frank Sutton is an internationally recognised project management expert, internationally recognised leadership expert, cofounder of a commercial company and the author of numerous best-selling books and articles.

Actor

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, Sutton developed an interest in acting, playing his first role at age nine and also starring in the drama club at East Nashville High School, where he graduated in 1941. He later said, "The first time I walked out on a stage, I had a warm feeling. I knew then I wanted to be an actor."

Frank Sims Sutton and Thelma Sutton met working for The Leaf Chronicle in Clarksville. He was a Linotypist, and she performed many tasks within the business to include bookkeeping, proofreading, and even writing. The pair fell in love, married and had a child together. On October 23, 1923, on S. Second Street in Clarksville, Tennessee, Frank Spencer Sutton was born. He was the typical little boy who enjoyed playing outside and coming home dirty. One particular instance of his childhood stands out, though. His parents had given him some grease paint, which he used to paint his face, and he then put on a theatrical performance for his family; he told them that he was going to be an actor, but it wasn’t until later that the family sensed any legitimacy behind this claim. (Source: www.visitclarksvilletn.com)

Carter

His acting career took off while he was still in college at Colombia University, when he was featured in Captain Video and his Video Rangers. However, Frank’s big break occurred in 1955, when he was offered a role in the movie Marty; the film won an Academy Award as well as four Oscars. This opened the door for him to be featured in more films, to include: Four Boy and a Gun (1957), Town Without Pity (1961), and The Satan Bug (1965). Frank also starred in a memorable episode of The Twilight Zone in 1962, entitled “The Dummy.” In 1964, Frank was offered a role in a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show, which was to be titled Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Starring alongside Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle; Frank played Sergeant Vince Carter in the series. Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C is the role that catapulted Frank Sutton to stardom; Sergeant Vince Carter is his most memorable character. The show was televised from 1964 until nearly the end of the decade, around 1969, when Jim Nabors and Frank Sutton decided to end the series before it had a chance to decline in popularity. After the cancellation of the show, Frank regularly appeared on The Jim Nabors Hour.

Frank Sutton was an American actor, best known for playing ‘Gunnery Sergeant Vince Carter’ in the series ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’ Born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee, Frank became interested in acting at a tender age. He started acting in dramas at the age of 9. Following his high-school graduation, he began working as a radio announcer. He also enlisted in the ‘US Army’ during the Second World War. Following his stint with the army, he began stage acting yet again. He made his on-screen debut in 1950, with a supporting role in the series titled ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.’ Throughout the 1950s, he continued to play small and supporting roles in series such as ‘The Edge of Night’ and ‘The Secret Storm.’ He gained recognition appearing in various roles in the series ‘The Untouchables.’ He had his acting breakthrough in 1964, playing ‘Vince Carter’ in the sitcom ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’ However, despite appearing in some acclaimed TV series, he never quite achieved the success he desired. Throughout his career, he also played supporting roles in films such as ‘Four Boys and a Gun’ and ‘The Satan Bug.’ (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

June

As the brash and bruising tough guy with wide, flaring nostrils, compact features and boorish, bullying personality, you could have placed bets that anyone who had the guts to go nose-to-nose against crew cut-wearing badger Frank Sutton had better be one tough order. Nope. Far from it. Sutton's most feared, ulcer-inducing on-camera nemesis would be none other than one of TV's gentlest souls ever--Mayberry's own lovable gas station attendant Gomer Pyle. As the antagonistic, in-your-face Sgt. Vince Carter, whose outer bluster occasionally revealed a softer inner core, the 41-year-old Sutton finally found himself front and center co-starring in one of sitcomdom's most successful spin-offs--Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), the offspring of The Andy Griffith Show (1960). Fans really took to Sutton's volatile character whose hilarious slow burn meshed perfectly with Jim Nabors' awkward guile. The gimmick of watching Carter's devious but ultimately failed plans to transfer Pyle out of his unit each week worked for five seasons. Off-stage Nabors and Sutton shared a mutual respect for each other. After the show's demise, in fact, Sutton went on to become a part of Jim's roster of regulars on The Jim Nabors Hour (1968), a variety show that had a very short run. Frank Spencer Sutton was born in Clarksville, Tennessee. Although some sources list the year of his birth as 1922, his grave marker indicates 1923. An only child, both his parents had jobs working for the local newspaper. When he was eight, the family moved to Nashville, his father dying some time later of an intestinal ailment. Belonging to the drama club and appearing in high school plays sparked his early interest in acting, and he majored in Dramatic Arts at Columbia University, graduating cum laude. Gaining experience on the local stages, he eventually found a job as a radio announcer. Following WWII military service, he returned to acting and in the 1950s segued into TV, appearing on a couple of the more popular children's adventure series -- Captain Video and His Video Rangers (1949) and Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950). Based in New York, Sutton also found work on the soaps The Edge of Night (1956) and The Secret Storm (1954). Sutton's imposing mug and hothead countenance proved quite suitable for playing both good guys and bad guys and he became a steady, reliable fixture in rugged surroundings. With work on such series as "Gunsmoke", "Maverick", "The Fugitive", "Combat!", and "The Untouchables" he could be counted on to play everything from a crass, outspoken blue-collar buddy to a menacing henchman. Film appearances were sporadic, with only a few secondary roles offered. His best chances were in Four Boys and a Gun (1957), Town Without Pity (1961) (a very good performance as one of a trio of American GIs accused of raping a young German girl) and The Satan Bug (1965). In the early 1970s, after the success of the "Gomer Pyle" series, Sutton was seen in TV guest spots while performing in small-scale stock plays all over the US. His stage work would include comedic roles in "The Odd Couple," "Anything Goes" and "No Hard Feelings." In fact, he died suddenly of a heart attack on June 28, 1974, while in rehearsals for a show at a Louisiana dinner theater. The 50-year-old actor was survived by his wife of 25 years, daytime soap writer Toby Igler, and children Joseph and Amanda. He was buried in his home town.

In the early 1970s, after the success of the "Gomer Pyle" series, Sutton was seen in TV guest spots while performing in small-scale stock plays all over the US. His stage work would include comedic roles in "The Odd Couple," "Anything Goes" and "No Hard Feelings." In fact, he died suddenly of a heart attack on June 28, 1974, while in rehearsals for a show at a Louisiana dinner theater. The 50-year-old actor was survived by his wife of 25 years, daytime soap writer Toby Igler, and children Joseph and Amanda. He was buried in his home town. (Source: www.amazon.com)

 

 

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