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Finding Aid for the Lou Frizzell Papers 1930s-1970s
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lou Frizzell Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930s-1970s
    Collection number: 309
    Creator: Frizzell, Lou
    Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear feet) 3 flat boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Character actor Lou Frizzell appeared in numerous stage productions, television shows, and motion pictures between the 1930s-1970s. The collection consists of scripts, photographs, scrapbooks, printed materials, and music related to his career.


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    Lou Frizzell Papers(Collection 309). Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Lou Frizzell was born June 10, 1920 in Missouri. He was character actor who appeared in numerous plays, Broadway productions, television shows, and films. Frizzell is probably best known for his work on the television shows Bonanza and Chopper One. Among his noteworthy motion picture credits are The Other (1972), Ruby and Oswald (1977), and Capricorn One (1978). He appeared in the Broadway production of Oklahoma! as well as guest starred on popular television shows such as The Waltons and The Partridge Family. Additionally, he wrote music for productions of Desire Under the Elms, Wedding Night and Aria Da Capo. One of Frizzell's most notable achievements came during World War II, when he served as Musical Director at the Japanese Internment Camp in Manzanar, California. The Japanese Community was so appreciative of his kindness and compassion that when the television movie, Return to Manzanar was in development, the Community requested that Frizzell play himself. Frizzell died at June 17, 1979 in his Los Angeles home after battling a lengthy illness.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of actor, Lou Frizzell. The collection includes scripts, scrapbooks, photographs, printed materials, and music spanning the 1930s to the 1970s. The scripts are from various motion picture, television, and what appears to be theater projects in which Frizzell was involved including Bonanza, Capricorn One, The Odd Couple, and The Walton's. The scrapbooks document Frizzell's career during the 1950s and include reviews, programs, and photographs from mostly theater productions for which he was involved in some capacity. Also included is a small quantity of headshots and professional photographs of Frizzell, clippings, memorabilia, and public notices of Frizzell's death. Additionally, there is a small amount of sheet music and music scores from Nuit De Noces, Desire Under the Elms, and Wedding Night, operas all written by Frizzell.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Music, no date
    • Series 2. Photographs
    • Series 3. Printed Material
    • Series 4. Scrapbooks
    • Series 5. Scripts

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Frizzell, Lou
    Actors-United States--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms

    Film scripts
    television scripts