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Milton Frome
Milton Frome
Role Mr. Hornbeck
Biographical Information
Birthdate February 24, 1909
Birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Date March 21, 1989 (age 80)
Death Place Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]

Milton Frome played pharmaceuticals client Mr. Hornbeck in the season three episode, "There's Gold in Them Thar Pills" (1967).


Milton Frome was an American actor, born in Philadelphia in 1909. He began acting in his mid-20s.

His first major movie role was in Ride ‘em Cowgirl in 1939. Frome. . . appeared in fifty-five movies (including The Nutty Professor, Bye Bye Birdie, and With Six You Get Eggroll), as well as five made-for-television movies.

He also had a thriving television career beginning with Chevrolet Tele-Theatre in 1950. Appearing in thirty-four different shows during the fifties, he performed in a variety of genres including dramas, comedies and westerns. [He appeared] on I Love Lucy, Lassie, The Adventures of Superman, Playhouse Theater, The Thin Man, and The Gale Storm Show. He also worked with many comic legends on television, including Milton Berle, Red Skelton, and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

His career escalated in the sixties, [appearing in] roles in forty-eight programs. He showed up in dramas, including The Twilight Zone, 77 Sunset Strip, and Dr. Kildare. He also found his way into many westerns such as Bat Masterson, Death Valley Days, Gunslinger, Big Valley, Rawhide, and Wagon Train. However, he seemed to excel at comedies and during the 1950s [and 1960s he appeared] in Bachelor Father, Pete and Gladys, The Jim Backus Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mister Ed, The Joey Bishop Show, I Dream of Jeannie, My Favorite Martian, The Donna Reed Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Bewitched, The Monkees, The Patty Duke Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Andy Griffith Show.

Frome was never offered a permanent role in a series, but he did have a recurring role in The Beverly Hillbillies, appearing eight times as Lawrence Chapman, who managed Jed Clampett’s Mammoth Studios.

His television career slowed down a bit in the 1970s and became nonexistent by 1983, but he did make appearances in shows like Ironside, Columbo, Here’s Lucy, The Streets of San Francisco, Sanford and Son, and Trapper John MD. He also appeared in two Love American Style episodes in 1971 and 1973.

Frome was married to Marjorie Ann Widman. He passed away in 1989 from congestive heart failure. He was 80.[2]


  1. Milton Frome on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on February 17, 2020.
  2. "Milton Frome: What a Character!", thewritelife61, February 2020. Retrieved on March 22, 2020, edited.