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James Franciscus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. James Grover Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was an American actor. He was born in Clayton, Missouri. His first major role was as Detective Jim Halloran in the half-hour version of ABC's The Naked City television series. Franciscus was thereafter the lead star in the 13-week series The Investigators, which aired on CBS from October 5 to December 28, 1961. He played the insurance investigator Russ Andrews, with James Philbrook as a co-star. Franciscus also appeared in the role of Tom Grover in the 1961 episode "The Empty Heart" of CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He performed in many feature films and television programs throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including a minor role in an episode of The Twilight Zone titled Judgment Night in 1959. In 1963, he appeared as Mike Norris in the episode "Hang By One Hand" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, Combat! and Miracle of the White Stallions. Franciscus may be best-remembered for his title roles in two television series, NBC's Mr. Novak (1963–65) and ABC's Longstreet (1971–72), and for his vocal performance in the big-screen version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). In 1976, he starred in the TV series, Hunter, a series about espionage in which he played a secret agent. He was also frequently seen in feature films of the 1960s and 1970s such as Snow Treasure, The Amazing Dobermans, Marooned, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, City on Fire, When Time Ran Out and The Valley of Gwangi. Over the years, Franciscus found film work with Italian cinema. In 1971 he accepted the lead role in Dario Argento's second film, The Cat o' Nine Tails. 1979 saw him appear in Antonio Margheriti's Killer Fish, and in 1980 he starred in director Enzo G. Castellari's notorious Jaws rip-off, Great White. He continued appearing in roles on the screen and television. When less important roles were offered Franciscus turned to writing screenplays and producing. In 1991, the year of his death, he worked as an associate producer and screenwriter on the movie 29th Street starring Anthony LaPaglia and Danny Aiello; it was his final project. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Franciscus, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jan 31, 1934 In Clayton, Missouri, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
55
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Secret Weapons 1985-03-03
Known For
Poster of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
Poster of Under the Law: The Hitchhike
Poster of Hell Boats
Poster of The Outsider
Filmography
Movie Secret Weapons Victor Khudenko 1985-03-03
Movie Great Transport John Mason 1983-07-04
Movie Butterfly Moke Blue 1982-02-05
Movie The Last Shark Peter Benton 1981-04-02
Movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1981-01-01
Movie When Time Ran Out... Bob Spangler 1980-03-28
Movie Nightkill Steve Fulton 1980-12-18
Movie The Concorde Affair Moses Brody 1979-03-23
Movie City on Fire Jimbo 1979-07-11
Movie Killer Fish Paul Diller 1979-12-07
Movie The Greek Tycoon President James Cassidy 1978-05-12
Movie Good Guys Wear Black Conrad Morgan 1978-06-01
Movie Puzzle Harry Scott 1978-12-05
Movie The Pirate Dick Carriage 1978-11-21
Series Hunter 1977-02-18
Movie One of My Wives Is Missing Daniel Corban 1976-03-05
Movie The Amazing Dobermans 1976-11-24
Movie The Trial of Chaplain Jensen Chaplain Andrew Jensen 1975-02-11
Movie Under the Law: The Hitchhike 1973-01-01
Movie Jonathan Livingston Seagull Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973-10-23
Series Doc Elliot 1973-10-10
Series Ghost Story Unknown 1972-09-15
Movie The Cat o' Nine Tails Carlo Giordani 1971-02-11
Series Longstreet Mike Longstreet 1971-09-16
Movie Longstreet Mike Longstreet 1971-02-23
Movie Beneath the Planet of the Apes Brent 1970-05-01
Movie Hell Boats Lt. Comdr. Jeffords, R.N.V.R. 1970-03-20
Movie Night Slaves Clay Howard 1970-09-29
Movie The Valley of Gwangi Tuck 1969-07-24
Movie Marooned Clayton Stone 1969-12-11
Movie Shadow Over Elveron Dr. Matthew Tregaskis 1968-03-05
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Movie Youngblood Hawke Youngblood Hawke 1964-11-04
Movie Miracle of the White Stallions Maj. Hoffman 1963-03-29
Series Mr. Novak John Novak 1963-09-24
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series The Investigators 1961-10-05
Movie The Outsider Pvt. James B. Sorenson 1961-12-01
Movie I Passed for White Rick Leyton 1960-03-18
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The Twilight Zone Lt. Mueller 1959-10-02
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie The Mugger Eddie Baxter 1958-11-01
Movie Four Boys and a Gun Johnny Doyle 1957-01-01
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Father Knows Best Unknown 1954-10-03
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07