James Franciscus

Actor, Producer, Playwright
Blonde, handsome, golden boy TV star of the 1960s and 70s. After a brief stint in summer stock, Franciscus made his feature debut in "Four Boys and a Gun" (1956). Although he appeared in several films during the 1960s ... Read more »
Born: 01/31/1934 in Clayton, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (44)

Butterfly 1981 (Movie)

Moke Blue (Actor)

L' Ultimo Squalo 1980 (Movie)

Peter Benton (Actor)

City on Fire 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nightkill 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

When Time Ran Out 1979 (Movie)

Bob Spangler (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Guys Wear Black 1978 (Movie)

Conrad Morgan (Actor)

Killer Fish 1978 (Movie)

Paul Diller (Actor)

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Hunter 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greek Tycoon 1977 (Movie)

James Cassidy (Actor)

The Amazing Dobermans 1975 (Movie)

Lucky Vincent (Actor)

Doc Elliot 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Doc Elliot 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 (Movie)

of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Voice)

Longstreet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 (Movie)

Brent (Actor)

Cat O' Nine Tails 1970 (Movie)

Carlo Giordani (Actor)

Marooned 1969 (Movie)

Claytone Stone (Actor)

Trial Run 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Boats 1968 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander Tom Jeffords (Actor)

Mr. Novak 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle of the White Stallions 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Youngblood Hawke 1963 (Movie)

Younglood Hawke (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

Jim Sorenson (Actor)

The June Allyson Show 1959 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

I Passed For White 1960 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

The Mugger 1957 (Movie)

Eddie Baxter (Actor)

Four Boys and a Gun 1956 (Movie)

Johnny Doyle (Actor)

Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Show)

Actor

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (TV Show)

Actor

Longstreet (TV Show)

Actor

Night Slaves (TV Show)

Actor

One of My Wives Is Missing (TV Show)

Actor

Secret Weapons (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Over Elveron (TV Show)

Actor

The 500-Pound Jerk (TV Show)

Actor

The Dream Makers (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunter (Movie)

(Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

29th Street 1991 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Heidi (TV Show)

Producer

The Red Pony (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Blonde, handsome, golden boy TV star of the 1960s and 70s. After a brief stint in summer stock, Franciscus made his feature debut in "Four Boys and a Gun" (1956). Although he appeared in several films during the 1960s and 70s (most notably as the title character in "Youngblood Hawke" 1964), he is best known for his work on four TV series: as the rookie detective on "Naked City" (1958-59), as the idealistic high school English teacher "Mr. Novak" (1963-65), the blind insurance investigator on "Longstreet" (1971-72), and the New York physician who retreats to the backwoods of Colorado, "Doc Elliot" (1973-74).

Relationships

Loraine Franciscus

Mother

Corie Franciscus

Daughter

Jamie Franciscus

Daughter

Jolie Franciscus

Daughter

Kellie Franciscus

Daughter

John Fraciscus

Brother

Carla Franciscus

Wife
married in the mid-1980s

John Franciscus

Father
killed in action in WWII

Kathleen Franciscus

Wife
married on March 28, 1960 divorced in 1980s her father was film director William Wellman both helped boost popularity of tennis in the 1960s with a series of "Celebrity Tennis Exhibitions" through the US with fellow actors Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Charlton Heston and Chad Everett

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1957
graduated magna cum laude

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1957
graduated magna cum laude

attended prep schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut

Milestones

1968

Produced TV special, "Heidi" (also acted)

1968

Became vice president, producer of Omnibus Productions Inc. which he cofounded with with Fred Brogger

1961

Played insurance company investigator in short-lived TV series, "The Investigators"

1958

Regular role on TV series, "Naked City"

1957

Feature acting debut, "Four Boys and a Gun"

1957

Disney executive saw him in production of "The Great Gatsby" and asked him to read for a role in "A Light in the Forest"; didn't get part but signed for lead in the thriller "Four Boys and a Gun" (date approximate)

Starred in title role as a blind insurance investigator in "Longstreet"

Starred as a high-school English teacher in TV series, "Mr. Novak"

Started James Franciscus Celebrity Tennis Tournament to help victims of multiple sclerosis (a disease afflicting his mother) in the 1970s

Acted in summer stock theater in Massachussetts

Produced and scripted three plays while at Yale Drama School

Played the title role in the ABC drama series, "Doc Elliot"

First TV appearance as performer on "The General Electric Theater" (1953-1962)

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