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James Franciscus is a Actor and Producer American born on 31 january 1934 at Clayton (USA)

James Franciscus

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Birth name James Grover Franciscus
Nationality USA
Birth 31 january 1934 at Clayton (USA)
Death 8 july 1991 (at 57 years) at North Hollywood (USA)

James Grover Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was an American actor, known for his roles in feature films and in four television series, Mr. Novak, The Naked City, The Investigators, and Longstreet.


On March 28, 1960, Franciscus married Kathleen "Kitty" Wellman, the daughter of film director William A. Wellman. They had four children — Jamie, Kellie, Korie, and Jolie. After his divorce from Kathleen, he married the former Carla Ankney in 1980. They were still married at the time of Franciscus' death in 1991 from emphysema in North Hollywood, California, at age 57.

Best films

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Marooned (1969)

Usually with

Ted Post
Ted Post
(4 films)
Edward Albert
Edward Albert
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of James Franciscus (31 films)

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La Classe américaine, 1h10
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Dustin Hoffman, Burt Lancaster, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Lana Turner
Roles Professor Hammond
Rating80% 4.0378754.0378754.0378754.0378754.037875
The film begins with the following lines appearing on screen, complete with deliberate spelling mistakes: "Attention! Ce flim n'est pas un flim sur le cyclimse. Merci de votre compréhension." ("Attention! This flim is not a flim about cyclign. Thank you for your understanding.")
Butterfly (1982)
, 1h48
Directed by Matt Cimber
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles, Lois Nettleton, Edward Albert, James Franciscus
Roles Moke Blue
Rating47% 2.3624952.3624952.3624952.3624952.362495
Jess Tyler is a hermit who guards a silver mine. His daughter Kady ran off and gave birth to the illegitimate child of a rich man who refused to marry her.
The Last Shark, 1h28
Directed by Enzo G. Castellari
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about sharks, Natural horror films, Mise en scène d'un poisson
Actors James Franciscus, Vic Morrow, Joshua Sinclair, Massimo Vanni, Romano Puppo, Ennio Girolami
Roles Peter Benton
Rating44% 2.216632.216632.216632.216632.21663
While wind surfing near the seaside community of Port Harbor, a young man is killed by a giant Great White Shark. Author Peter Benton and professional shark hunter Ron Hammer realize the truth, but ambitious governor William Wells refuses to accept that a shark threatens their community. Fearing that a canceled wind-surfing regatta would derail his gubernatorial campaign, Wells has shark nets installed. But the sounds of teenagers splashing in the surf leads the shark to rip through the nets. The next day, the shark plows through the wind surfers, knocking them off their boards. But rather than eat the scattered teenagers, the shark targets the governor's aide and eats him.
Nightkill (1980)
, 1h44
Directed by Ted Post
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Robert Mitchum, Jaclyn Smith, Mike Connors, Fritz Weaver, Sybil Danning, James Franciscus
Roles Steve Fulton
Rating55% 2.7579652.7579652.7579652.7579652.757965
Unhappily married to unscrupulous Arizona businessman Wendell Atwell, the beautiful Katherine has been carrying on behind his back with Steve Fulton, his assistant. Knowing that a million dollars in cash has been stashed by Wendell in an airport locker, Steve plots behind his lover's back to poison her husband, then impersonate Wendell on a flight to Washington D.C. to make it appear he is still alive.
When Time Ran Out..., 2h1
Directed by James Goldstone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Disaster, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Seafaring films, Transport films, Volcanisme, Films about volcanoes, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden, James Franciscus, Ernest Borgnine, Edward Albert
Roles Bob Spangler
Rating45% 2.265592.265592.265592.265592.26559
Shelby Gilmore (William Holden), who owns a newly constructed hotel on a remote Pacific island, wants desperately to marry his secretary, Kay Kirby (Jacqueline Bisset) and proposes to her under the impression that she'll become his seventh wife. Kay is in love with Hank Anderson (Paul Newman), an oil rigger whose scientists are warning him that a nearby active volcano is about to erupt.
The Concorde Affair, 1h36
Directed by Ruggero Deodato, Claude d'Anna
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors James Franciscus, Mimsy Farmer, Venantino Venantini, Edmund Purdom, Dennis Hopper, Van Johnson
Roles Moses Brody
Rating56% 2.819462.819462.819462.819462.81946
Concorde Test Flight 820 is sabotaged which forces the plane to crash land in the ocean off coast of Martinique in the Antillies of the Caribbean. The only survivor is a Jean Beneyton (Mimsy Farmer), a French hostess on the flight. Two fishermen find her, but then are soon killed off by a group of suited corporate agents who ride out in a speedboat, because they were witnesses to the crash.
City on Fire, 1h46
Directed by Alvin Rakoff
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes La fin du monde, Films about music and musicians, Films about the labor movement, Musical films, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Barry Newman, Susan Clark, Shelley Winters, Leslie Nielsen, James Franciscus, Ava Gardner
Roles Jimbo
Rating36% 1.831751.831751.831751.831751.83175
William Dudley (Leslie Nielsen) is a corrupt mayor of a nameless Midwestern U.S. city who has allowed an oil refinery to be built right in the center of town, far from any river, lake or reservoir. On one typical hot summer day, Herman Stover (Jonathan Welsh), a dangerously disturbed employee at the works has been denied an expected promotion and in addition, finds himself fired. He then decides to take his revenge against the works by opening the valves to the storage vats and their interconnecting pipes, flooding the area and sewers with gasoline and chemicals. It doesn't take long for this act of petty vandalism to start a fire, which starts a chain reaction that causes massive explosions at the refinery, destroying it and spreading a mushroom-cloud of flame that soon engulfs the entire metropolis. The drama focuses on a newly built hospital which, like the refinery and all civic buildings that went up during the mayor's crooked administration, is shoddily built and poorly equipped where the head doctor, Frank Whitman (Barry Newman), and his staff treat thousands of casualties from the fire while the city fire chief Risley (Henry Fonda) keeps in constant contact with the fire companies fighting a losing battle against the fires, and Maggie Grayson (Ava Gardner), an alcoholic reporter, sees it as her chance to make it nationwide with her coverage of the story of the "city on fire".
Killer Fish, 1h41
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Heist films
Actors Lee Majors, Karen Black, Margaux Hemingway, Marisa Berenson, James Franciscus, Anthony Steffen
Roles Paul Diller
Rating40% 2.019012.019012.019012.019012.01901
The mastermind behind a precision theft of priceless emeralds decides to hide the jewels at the bottom of a reservoir he's secretly stocked with savage deadly piranha. Retrieving the gems turns to be a caper in itself since the group is now torn by suspicion and jealousy. Several gang members try to recover the loot on their own, only to become screaming victims of the insatiable horde of killer fish. The treasure is down there just waiting to be brought up. To get them, everyone must face the inescapable terror of thousands of man-eating creatures.
Good Guys Wear Black, 1h35
Directed by Ted Post
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Martial arts
Themes Politique, Sports films, Martial arts films, Political films
Actors Chuck Norris, Anne Archer, Soon-Tek Oh, Dana Andrews, James Franciscus, Lloyd Haynes
Roles Conrad Morgan
Rating51% 2.556322.556322.556322.556322.55632
Back in 1973, one United States Senator Conrad Morgan (James Franciscus), the chief delegate diplomat in negotiating the terms of the end of Vietnam War, made a deal in Paris, France with Kuong Yen, the North Vietnamese negotiator. The deal called for Yen to release certain key CIA POWs in exchange for Morgan setting up a death-trap for an elite group of CIA assassins, known as the Black Tigers. The treaty signed, the Black Tigers were sent into the jungles of 'Nam to their unknowing demise, under the guise that they were on mission to liberate American POWs. However, the truly important thing to understand is that the negotiators failed to realize one thing: the commando's team leader was one Major John T. Booker (Chuck Norris). So, needless to say and despite all odds, Booker survives. As do the four men wise enough to have remained in his general vicinity.
The Greek Tycoon, 1h47
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Political films
Actors Anthony Quinn, Jacqueline Bisset, James Franciscus, Raf Vallone, Edward Albert, Joss Ackland
Roles President James Cassidy
Rating52% 2.6141752.6141752.6141752.6141752.614175
The film focuses on the courtship and marriage of aging Greek Theo Tomasis, who rose from his humble peasant roots to become an influential mogul who owns oil tankers, airlines, and Mediterranean islands and longs to be elected President of Greece, and considerably younger Liz Cassidy, the beautiful widow of the assassinated President of the United States. The two first meet when she is visiting his island estate with her husband James, the charismatic Senator from the state of Massachusetts. Theo immediately is attracted to her and, despite the fact she obviously is happily married, begins to woo her aboard his yacht while her husband is deep in conversation with the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As the plot unfolds, Theo's beloved son Nico dies in an accident, his wife Simi commits suicide, James becomes President and appoints his brother John Attorney General, and Theo ends his affair with Paola to comfort and eventually marry grieving widow Liz.
The Amazing Dobermans, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs
Actors Fred Astaire, Barbara Eden, James Franciscus, Billy Barty, Jack Carter, Parley Baer
Roles Lucky Vincent
Rating52% 2.627242.627242.627242.627242.62724
Lucky Vincent (James Franciscus) is a gambler who, after a stretch of bad luck, owes over $12,000 to mobster Solly Kramer (Jack Carter). Lucky is rescued from Solly's goons by Daniel Hughes (Fred Astaire), a revivalist ex-con and his team of five trained Doberman pinschers. After going undercover at a circus, Lucky persuades Daniel to work up an act with his dogs and join the carnival; when Lucky discovers that Solly and his gang intend to rob an armored car hauling the circus's box office take, Daniel and his canine friends step forward to help thwart the plot. Along the way, Lucky also finds time to make romance with a beautiful circus performer named Justine (Barbara Eden).
The Dream Makers
Directed by Boris Sagal
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical
Actors James Franciscus, Diane Baker, John Astin, Ron Thompson, Kenny Rogers, Mickey Jones
Roles Sammy Stone
Rating67% 3.388273.388273.388273.388273.38827
A university professor with big dreams launches a career in the music industry, eventually running his own record label. To ensure radio stations play run his recording artists' music he illegally pays off deejays and in doing so runs the risk of destroying everything he's built.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, 2h
Directed by Hall Bartlett
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds
Actors James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy McGuire, Philip Ahn, David Ladd
Roles Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Rating60% 3.001863.001863.001863.001863.00186
As the film begins, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is soaring through the sky hoping to travel at a speed more than 60 miles per hour. Eventually, with luck he is able to break that barrier, but when Jonathan returns to his own flock he is greeted with anything but applause. The Elders of the flock shame Jonathan for doing things the other seagulls never dare to do. Jonathan pleads to stay and claims that he wants to share his newfound discovery with everybody, but the Elders dismiss him as an outcast, and he is banished from the flock. Jonathan goes off on his own, believing that all hope is lost. However, he is soon greeted by mysterious seagulls from other lands who assure him that his talent is a unique one, and with them Jonathan is trained to become independent and proud of his beliefs. Eventually, Jonathan himself ends up becoming a mentor for other seagulls who are suffering the same fates in their own flocks as he once did.