Anthony Franciosa

Actor
A handsome, forceful, compact leading man of Italian descent with an easy, lithe manner and walk and an aggressive, sly quality not unlike Burt Lancaster, Franciosa first established himself on stage with a powerful ... Read more »
Born: 10/24/1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Anthony Quinn 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Threat 1992 (Movie)

Crocker Scott (Actor)

Anthony Quinn 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstreet Dreams 1990 (Movie)

Angelo Carnevale (Actor)

Ghost Writer 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

La Morte e di moda 1989 (Movie)

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Death House 1988 (Movie)

Vic Moretti (Actor)

Finder of Lost Loves 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Wish II 1982 (Movie)

LA Police Commissioner (Actor)

Aiutami a sognare 1981 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Sotto gli occhi dell'Assassino 1981 (Movie)

Peter Neal (Actor)

Firepower 1979 (Movie)

"Dr Felix"--Carl Stegner (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Wheels" 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The World Is Full of Married Men 1978 (Movie)

David Cooper (Actor)

Matt Helm 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Helm 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Drowning Pool 1974 (Movie)

Detective Broussard (Actor)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

Pierre Rodriguez (Actor)

Across 110th Street 1971 (Movie)

Nick D'Salvio (Actor)

A Man Called Gannon 1969 (Movie)

Gannon (Actor)

In Enemy Country 1968 (Movie)

Colonel Charles Waslow-Carton (Actor)

The Sweet Ride 1967 (Movie)

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Assault on a Queen 1966 (Movie)

Vic Rossiter (Actor)

Fathom 1966 (Movie)

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The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

Ric Colby (Actor)

A Man Could Get Killed 1965 (Movie)

Steve-Antonio (Actor)

Rio Conchos 1964 (Movie)

Rodriguez (Actor)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

Emilio Lacaye (Actor)

Period of Adjustment 1962 (Movie)

Ralph Baitz (Actor)

Go Naked in the World 1961 (Movie)

Nick Stratton (Actor)

Senilita 1961 (Movie)

Emilio (Actor)

The Story on Page One 1959 (Movie)

Victor Santini (Actor)

Career 1958 (Movie)

Sam Lawson (Actor)

The Long, Hot Summer 1958 (Movie)

Jody Varner (Actor)

The Naked Maja 1958 (Movie)

Francisco Goya (Actor)

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

Joey Kiely (Actor)

A Hatful of Rain 1957 (Movie)

Polo (Actor)

This Could Be the Night 1957 (Movie)

Tony Armotti (Actor)

Wild Is the Wind 1957 (Movie)

Bene (Actor)

Aspen (TV Show)

Actor

Earth II (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

This Is the West That Was (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A handsome, forceful, compact leading man of Italian descent with an easy, lithe manner and walk and an aggressive, sly quality not unlike Burt Lancaster, Franciosa first established himself on stage with a powerful turn as the brother of a drug addict in Michael V Gazzo's play "A Hatful of Rain" (1956). Hollywood beckoned and in 1957 he had roles in four prominent features: a nightclub owner in "This Could Be the Night", an unethical personal manager in Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd", a hired man who falls for his boss' wife in "Wild Is the Wind" and recreating his stage triumph in Fred Zinnemann's film version of "A Hatful of Rain", for which he earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The actor was miscast as a weak Southerner in "The Long Hot Summer" (1958) but delivered a strong portrayal of a struggling actor in "Career" (1959).

Relationships

Beatrice Bakalyar

Wife
married in 1952 divorced in 1957

Nina Franciosa

Daughter
born 1964 mother, Judy Balaban Kanter

Christopher Franciosa

Son
born c. 1968 mother, Rita Thiel

Marco Franciosa

Son
volunteer with AmeriCares born c. 1972

Rita Franciosa

Wife
German met in 1967 married on November 27, 1970

Ava Gardner Actor

Companion

Judy Kanter

Wife
married in 1962 divorced c. 1968

Silvana Mangano Actor

Companion

Anthony Papaleo

Father
divorced Franciosa's mother c. 1929

Jean Papaleo

Mother
divorced Franciosa's father c. 1929

Shelley Winters Actor

Wife
Married on May 4, 1957 divorced in November 1960

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

1995

Toured with Loretta Swit in the stage production "Love Letters"

1972

Played agent Nick Bianco opposite Hugh O'Brian on the NBC spy drama, "Search"

1966

Made TV-movie debut in "Fame Is the Name of the Game" (NBC)

1959

Had one of his best screen roles as a struggling actor in "Career"

1957

Entered feature films with "This Could Be the Night"

1957

Recreated his stage role in the film version of "A Hatful of Rain"; received Best Actor Oscar nomination

1956

Received Tony nomination as Featured Actor in a Drama for a breakthrough role on Broadway in "A Hatful of Rain"; co-starred opposite future wife Shelley Winters and Gazzara

1953

Made Broadway debut in "End as a Man"; appeared alongside Ben Gazzara

Was the "Finder of Lost Loves" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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"Tony has a smile that cuts through you." --"City Hall" director Harold Becker to PEOPLE, March 18, 1996

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"I went to Hollywood in the mid-50s, and I would say I went out there a little too early. It was an incredible amount of attention, and I wasn't quite mature enough psychologically and emotionally for [it]." --Anthony Franciosa in DAILY NEWS, February 19, 1996

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