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Frank Spencer Sutton

  • Birth 23 Oct 1923 Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
  • Death 28 Jun 1974 Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot Section 12, section 188, next to the access road in the back of the cemetery
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  • Memorial ID 1317

Actor. He is best remembered for his role of 'Gunnery Sergeant Vincent Carter' on the television comedy series "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964 to 1968). Born in Clarksville, Tennessee, he was the only child of Frank Sims Sutton and Thelma Spencer, who met while both were working at the local newspaper, the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. About 1930, his father became a linotype operator for another newspaper, the Nashville Tennessean, and the family moved to Nashville, where Frank Jr would become an active member of his high school drama club. He was also a radio announcer and after military service during World War II, he went to Columbia University School of Drama, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. In the 1950s and 1960s, he played many small roles, usually tough guys with a soft heart, in television and the movies, including such shows as "Captain Video" (1949 to 1956), the soap opera "The Secret Storm" (he was a regular during the 1960 to 1961 season), "Naked City", "The Untouchables", "Gunsmoke", "Maverick", "Combat", and "The Twilight Zone". His lasting fame came as the tough 'Sergeant Carter', the drill instructor for 'Private Gomer Pyle' (played by Jim Nabors) in "Gomer Pyle, USMC". After the show's cancellation, he remained friends with Nabors, and worked on Nabor's next show, "The Jim Nabors Hour" (1969). Following this, he continued to make guest television appearances and performed in dinner theater. He died suddenly of a heart attack, while preparing for an appearance in a dinner theater in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1317
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Spencer Sutton (23 Oct 1923–28 Jun 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1317, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .