Steve Franken is dead. The actor, who starred in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," passed away on Friday after a cancer battle. Franken was 80-years-old at the time of his death in Los Angeles.

Thursday afternoon, the "Los Angeles Times" reported the death of Steve Franken, whose career spanned over five decades.

It has to be noted that the veteran actor replaced Warren Beatty, who starred in the role of the show's original wealthy child, "Milton Armitage".

Sources claim that Beatty wanted to do feature-films and never returned to "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

Steve Franken was obviously very lucky because he was in the right place at the right time.

While the actor is famous for his role in the '60s situation comedy, he made as well appearances  in "Bewitched", "The Party", "The Missouri Breaks", "Hardly Working", "The Americanization of Emily" and "Which Way to the Front?"

It has to be mentioned that Franken's wife, Jean, revealed that Steve loved acting so much that in spite of undergoing cancer chemotherapy treatments, giving him another eight months of life, he auditioned for television, theater and movie roles.

Steve Franken's memorial services are scheduled for 2 in the afternoon September 22 in West Los Angeles. It's unclear if the funeral is open to the public.

R.I.P Steve Franken.

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