Some people may never have heard of the actor, the character or even the TV shows but they were shows I will admit to watching when I was a kid and many of them are still on in reruns.  His name is Frank Cady and he played the role of Sam Drucker, the grocer on three sitcoms in the 1960's and early '70's; "Green Acres", "Petticoat Junction" and "Beverly Hillbillies."

Cady died at his home in Oregon last Friday.  He was 96.

He played the role of the more sane character in a cast of often looney characters on all three shows and there was a time when all three shows were running on CBS-TV at the same time.

"Green Acres" was the series about a Manhattan couple who left the big city to buy a farm.  "Beverly Hillbillies" was the story of a poor family who struck it rich when they found oil on their land .  "Petticoat Junction" was about a woman who ran the rural "Shady Rest" hotel along with her three beautiful daughters.  All of the series were interconnected with some characters appearing on multiple shows and the shows often visited Sam Drucker's general store in the fictional town of Hooterville.

Frank Cady had numerous TV and movie roles.  He played Doc Williams on the TV series "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" in the '50's and '60's.  One of his early roles was in the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie "Rear Window."