Frank Aletter
Frank Aletter
Frank Aletter
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Ethnicity White
Birth name: Francis Aletter
Born: (1926-01-14)January 14, 1926
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, NY, U.S.
Died (2009-05-13) May 13, 2009 (age 8)
Deathplace: Tarzana, California, U.S.
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1955 - 1991
Spouse(s): Lee Meriwether (1958–1974)
Estella Gelerter Hodes (1984–2009: his death)
Children: With Lee Meriwether:

Kyle Aletter-Oldham (Daughter)
Lesley Aletter (Daughter)

Julia Hodes (Stepdaughter)
Alexandria Hodes (Stepdaughter)
Ryan Isabelle Oldham (Granddaughter)

Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company
Character played: Tom Latham (Joanna's husband) in "Professor Jack" (Season 6)
Three's Company Script

Frank Aletter made a guest appearance as Tom Latham, the husband of Joanna Latham, who hired Jack to give her cooking lessons in the Season 6 episode of Three's Company titled "Professor Jack". A venerable actor on stage and in film and television, his career spanned five decades, dating back to the early 1950s.


During the 1950s, Frank appeared on Broadway in Bells Are Ringing, Time Limit, and Wish You Were Here.

He soon moved on to a prolific television career, appearing as a guest on numerous shows between 1956 and 1988. Aletter starred in three programs in the 1960s, beginning with Bringing Up Buddy, a CBS sitcom during the 1960–1961 season, featuring Aletter with Enid Markey and Doro Merande, who portrayed his overprotective spinster aunts to Aletter's character, Buddy Flower, a bachelor stockbroker. Aletter's first wife, Lee Meriwether, a former Miss America, guest-starred once on Bringing Up Buddy.

After the cancellation of Bringing Up Buddy, Frank guest starred in the ABC crime drama, Target: The Corruptors, the CBS anthology series, The Lloyd Bridges Show, and NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour. He portrayed murderer Harry Collins on the 1963 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Skeleton's Closet." In 1964, he played murder victim, television news reporter, Tommy Towne, in "The Case of the Arrogant Arsonist."

In the 1964–1965 season, Aletter appeared in The Cara Williams Show, where the played the TV husband of Cara Williams's character.

Personal/family life and deathEdit

Frank was married to former Miss America and TV/film actress Lee Meriwether (of Batman and Barnaby Jones TV show fame), from 1958 to 1974. They had two daughters: actresses, Kyle Aletter-Oldham and Lesley Aletter. He married his second wife, Estella, former Miss Hurricane Hunter, in 1984; he had two stepdaughters, Julia and Alexandria Hodes.

Aletter died of cancer in 2009 in Tarzana, California. He was survived by his second wife Estella; another daughter, Lesley Aletter; his stepdaughters Alix and Julia Hodes; and a granddaughter. [1]


  1. [Frank Aletter, Screen Actor, Dies at 83, New York Times (.com) article, by ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP), Published: May 15, 2009.

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