Billy Franey was a comic who never became a major star, but managed to work steadily for decades.

He entered films in 1914 as one of the stars of the Universal Joker comedies along with Gale Henry, Louise Fazenda, and Bobby Vernon. He made numerous comedies throughout the teens and twenties, but his best comedies were a series made for the Reelcraft Corporation in 1920. Both Franey and Reelcraft profited from the talents of writer/director Grover Jones. Jones had a penchant for bizarre gags that stretched the fantasy aspects of silent comedy.

Billy Franey was a very funny comedian who unfortunately never escaped the anonymity of low budget productions. For too long he has been overlooked and nearly forgotten by film historians.