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Anthony Franciosa is a Actor American born on 25 october 1928 at New York City (USA)

Anthony Franciosa

Anthony Franciosa
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Birth name Anthony George Papaleo
Nationality USA
Birth 25 october 1928 at New York City (USA)
Death 19 january 2006 (at 77 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Anthony Franciosa (October 25, 1928 – January 19, 2006), usually billed as Tony Franciosa during the height of his career, was an American film, TV and stage actor. He made several feature films, including Career (1959) for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor/Drama and A Face in the Crowd (1957). In television, along with many minor parts, he played lead roles in five major TV series: the sitcom Valentine's Day (1964–65), drama The Name of the Game (1968–71), Search (1972–73), Matt Helm (1975) and Finder of Lost Loves (1984). However, he began as a successful stage actor, gaining a Tony Award nomination for the drug-addiction play A Hatful of Rain.

He married four times. His last marriage—to Rita Theil—was his longest. It lasted 36 years. He had been married during 1957–1960 to Academy Award-winning actress Shelley Winters, who died five days before him.


Tony Franciosa was married four times, and had three children. His most famous wife was Oscar-winning actress Shelley Winters; they were married from May 4, 1957 until their divorce in 1960; they had no children. Her death preceded his by five days.

His first wife, Beatrice Bakalyar, was a writer. They were married from 1952 to 1957. The marriage ended in divorce.

His third wife, the former Judith Balaban, is the author of the book The Bridesmaids, about her friend Princess Grace of Monaco, in whose wedding she served as a bridesmaid. This marriage produced Franciosa's only daughter, Nina.

His last wife (from November 27, 1970 until his death in 2006) was Rita Theil, by whom he had two sons, Marco and Christopher. Christopher Franciosa is an actor. Marco Franciosa is an organic farmer.

During his later years, Tony lived in Brentwood, a district in West Los Angeles.

Best films

Death Wish II (1982)
Wild Is the Wind (1957)

Usually with

Edith Head
Edith Head
(5 films)
Ben Nye
Ben Nye
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Anthony Franciosa (37 films)

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City Hall
City Hall (1996)
, 1h47
Directed by Harold Becker
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Political films
Actors Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda, Danny Aiello, Richard Schiff, David Paymer
Roles Paul Zapatti
Rating61% 3.0982253.0982253.0982253.0982253.098225
John Pappas is the mayor of New York City and has far more grand ambitions, including the governor's office and the White House. His loyal deputy mayor is Kevin Calhoun, a young man from Louisiana who grew up loving politics.
Backstreet Dreams, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism
Actors Brooke Shields, Sherilyn Fenn, Anthony Franciosa, Burt Young, Nick Cassavetes, Elias Koteas
Roles Angelo
Rating48% 2.4299852.4299852.4299852.4299852.429985
Dean, a young hood, and his wife take their disturbed young son, Shane, to a clinic where the boy is diagnosed by Stevie, a psychologist. They discover that the boy is autistic. As the couple's marriage falls apart, Stevie believes she can help Shane as well as possibly help Dean break away from the backstreet dealings that he is living with.
Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife, 1h33
Directed by Paul Wendkos
Origin USA
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Melissa Gilbert, Joe Penny, Eileen Brennan, Anthony Franciosa, Talia Shire, Paul Wendkos
Roles Lou Di Luca
Rating64% 3.244573.244573.244573.244573.24457
Marian is an up-and-coming fashion designer in New York. One morning, while on her way to work, Marian is mugged. She calls the police and they manage to catch the thief. While waiting at the police station, a handsome Italian attorney named Edward Moran offers to take her home in his limousine. They eventually fall in love and get married. During the wedding celebration, Edward offers to set up in business Marian and her friend Silvia. On their honeymoon, Edward gets gets called away in on business. While he is away, Marian becomes suspicious after several incidents, leading to being dragged off to the family compound for protection. Marian's sister-in-law Gina tells her that the family is part of the Italian Mafia. This is followed by an improbable gun battle between mafia factions, including men in a helicopter shooting up the family compound, killing Gina's husband. Later, Sylvia tells Marian and Edward of her discovery that the business she has with Marian is a front for importing cocaine. As Marian tells Silvia that she has decided leave Edward, Silvia is pushed in front of a car (murdered by the family). Marian goes to the police offering to testify against the family. Despite police protection, the family kidnaps her, and takes her back to Edward. After some soapy dialogue between them, Edward shoots and kills Marian for "breaking the rules".
Stagecoach (1986)
, 1h40
Directed by Ted Post
Origin USA
Genres Action, Western
Actors Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Merritt Butrick, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Ashley, Mary Crosby
Roles Henry Gatewood
Rating57% 2.89962.89962.89962.89962.8996
Un remake de la chevauchée fantastique, sans guère d'intérêt... Un nouveau venu dans l'histoire : Doc Holliday, dont on se demande bien ce qu'il fait là ; il va même aider Ringo, à la fin. Cela permet au réalisateur de faire une jolie image déjà vue 163 fois où 4 hommes marchent de front, dans la rue et dans le plus pur style OK Corral. Le premier coup de feu intervient à la 70ème minute, à peu près, dans un film très ennuyeux. Seul intérêt, l'excellente interprétation des acteurs et la musique, qui bien que n'étant pas mon genre, m'a quand même procuré un certain plaisir... La VHS (VF) est assez mauvaise, mais, à mon avis, le film ne vaut guère mieux.
Ghost in the Noonday Sun, 1h33
Directed by Peter Medak
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Peter Sellers, Anthony Franciosa, Spike Milligan, Clive Revill, Peter Boyle, James Villiers
Roles Pierre Rodriguez
Rating46% 2.3277352.3277352.3277352.3277352.327735
Bumbling pirate crewman (Sellers) kills his captain after learning where he has hidden buried treasure. However as he begins to lose his memory, he relies more and more on the ghost of the man he's murdered to help him find the treasure.
Tenebrae (1982)
, 1h41
Directed by Dario Argento
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Mirella D'Angelo, John Steiner, Theresa Russell
Roles Peter Neal
Rating69% 3.498663.498663.498663.498663.49866
Peter Neal, an American writer of violent horror novels, is in Italy to promote his latest work, Tenebrae. He is accompanied by his literary agent, Bullmer and his assistant, Anne. Neal is unaware that he has also been followed to Rome by his embittered ex-wife, Jane. Just before Neal arrived in Rome, Elsa, a young female shoplifter, was murdered with a razor by an unseen assailant. The murderer sends Neal a letter informing him that his books have inspired him to go on a killing spree. Neal is soon contacted by the police in the form of Detective Giermani and his female partner, Inspector Altieri.
Death Wish II, 1h28
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Vincent Gardenia, Anthony Franciosa, J. D. Cannon, Laurence Fishburne
Roles Herman Baldwin
Rating60% 3.0035053.0035053.0035053.0035053.003505
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) seems to have picked up the pieces of his life and moved on, and is now dating L.A. radio reporter Geri Nichols (played by Bronson's real-life wife Jill Ireland). They go to pick up Kersey's daughter Carol (Robin Sherwood) from the hospital, where her doctor says that despite traumatic catatonia, Carol has begun to speak again. Paul, Geri, and Carol spend the afternoon at a carnival. While waiting in line for ice cream, Paul gets pick-pocketed by five gang members (named Nirvana, PunkCut, Stomper, Cutter and Jiver). He catches up with Jiver, after a brief struggle, denies taking Paul's wallet. Paul lets him go.
The Cricket, 1h41
Directed by Alberto Lattuada
Genres Drama
Actors Anthony Franciosa, Virna Lisi, Renato Salvatori, Clio Goldsmith, Barbara De Rossi, Mario Maranzana
Roles Annibale Meneghetti, detto Ulisse
Rating59% 2.995192.995192.995192.995192.99519
Clio plays a fun loving girl who likes men. She leaves her home town and meets up with Wilma, a once famous singer. After Wilma bombs out at a local joint they hook up together and become prostitutes.
Firepower (1979)
, 1h44
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Heist films
Actors Sophia Loren, James Coburn, Eli Wallach, Victor Mature, Anthony Franciosa, Vincent Gardenia
Roles the doctor Charles Félix
Rating50% 2.5077952.5077952.5077952.5077952.507795
The FBI hires a former mafia hit man (James Coburn) to track down and bring in a powerful reclusive billionaire suspected of criminal acts for his own benefit. The man also comes into a conflict with a woman (Sophia Loren) tracking down the same crook for revenge reasons.
Curse of the Black Widow, 1h40
Directed by Dan Curtis
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Horror, Crime
Actors Anthony Franciosa, Donna Mills, June Allyson, June Lockhart, Vic Morrow, Patty Duke
Roles Mark Higbie
Rating56% 2.8493952.8493952.8493952.8493952.849395
For the past four years, Los Angeles has been terrorized by a series of mysterious murders, in which several men have been found dead with huge puncture wounds in their chests. The latest happens when private detective Mark Higbie (Franciosa) is visiting a bar. A dark-haired woman with a German accent needs help with her car, and one of Higbie's friends goes out to help her. The woman makes a pass at him, but is turned down. Minutes later, the man is found dead.
The Drowning Pool, 1h48
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Murray Hamilton, Gail Strickland, Melanie Griffith
Roles Broussard
Rating64% 3.247953.247953.247953.247953.24795
Private detective Lew Harper (Paul Newman) investigates a blackmail plot in Louisiana bayou country involving the daughter (Melanie Griffith) of an old flame of his, Iris Devereaux (Joanne Woodward).
Across 110th Street, 1h42
Directed by Barry Shear
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa, Paul Benjamin, Antonio Fargas, Ed Bernard
Roles Nick D'Salvio
Rating69% 3.497323.497323.497323.497323.49732
This film is set in Harlem, of which 110th Street is an informal boundary line. By-the-book African-American Lieutenant William Pope (Kotto) has to work with crude, racist but streetwise Italian-American Captain Frank Mattelli (Quinn) in the NYPD's 27th precinct. They are looking for three black men who slaughtered seven men—three black gangsters and two Italian gangsters, as well as two patrol officers—in the robbery of $300,000 from a Mafia-owned Harlem policy bank. Mafia lieutenant Nick D'Salvio (Franciosa) and his two henchmen are also after the hoods. In one of many violent scenes, D'Salvio finds getaway driver Henry J. Jackson (Antonio Fargas) and brutalizes him in a Harlem whorehouse.
Web of the Spider, 1h49
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Anthony Franciosa, Klaus Kinski, Michèle Mercier, Silvano Tranquilli, Raf Baldassarre, Peter Carsten
Roles Alan Foster
Rating56% 2.8054552.8054552.8054552.8054552.805455
The film is narrated by a troubled Edgar Allan Poe (Klaus Kinski). It begins with Poe's attempts to confirm a ghost story by examining the ghosts' tombs; however, he doesn't go too far to avoid being haunted and killed. Later, a journalist named Alan Foster (Anthony Franciosa) visits Poe to drive him out of madness, but he is forced to challenge the horror writer on the authenticity of his stories.
The Deadly Hunt, 1h14
Directed by John Newland
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Jim Hutton, Anthony Franciosa, Peter Lawford, Anjanette Comer, Tim McIntire
Roles Ryan
Rating48% 2.4437552.4437552.4437552.4437552.443755
Cliff Cope est un jeune homme d'affaires brillant qui a décidé de passer un week-end en forêt avec sa femme mais le couple devient la cible d'un duo de tueurs. Alors qu'un feu se déclare, la situation devient critique pour le couple.