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Actor Tony Franciosa Dead at 77

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Jan 23, 2006 | 4:08am EST

Actor Tony Franciosa has died after suffering a massive stroke. He was 77.

Ironically, his death comes less than a week after that of Shelley Winters--one of his four wives. 

Franciosa made his movie debut in 1957's A Face in the Crowd and won a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role in A Hatful of Rain the same year.

But, despite an impressive big screen start, Franciosa failed to live up to his initial promise and after acclaimed roles in films like The Long Hot Summer (1958) and Rio Conchos (1964), he turned his attention to TV.

He found small-screen stardom on the TV series The Name of the Game and Matt Helm, among other shows.

He returned to the big screen for roles in late 1970s/early 1980s action movies like Firepower and Death Wish II and made his last appearance on the big screen in City Hall in 1996.

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