James Franciscus

About James Franciscus

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: January 31, 1934
Birth Place: Clayton, Missouri, United States, United States
Cause of death: Emphysema
Other names: James Francicus
Years active: 1957–1985
Spouse(s): Carla Ankney Franciscus (1980-1991; his death) Kathleen Wellman (1960-1977; divorced; 4 children)

James Franciscus

James Franciscus was born on January 31, 1934 in Clayton, Missouri, United States, United States, is Actor. James Grover Franciscus was an American actor. He had appeared in many films, but he is better known for his roles in television series. These include roles in popular shows, such as ‘The Investigators,’ ‘Longstreet,’ ‘The Naked City,’ and ‘Mr. Novak.’ With a face that seemed chiseled to perfection, and a deep penetrating gaze, Franciscus exuded both boyish charm and maturity. This curious combination was reflected in many of his major roles on both the big and the small screens. In these roles, he was not just a character who moved along a plotline by matured decision-making, but also had his own vulnerabilities and naiveties. His career as an actor bloomed during the 1960s and the 1970s. As a testament to his mettle as an actor, James Franciscus landed roles, not just in American productions, but also in Italian films, under esteemed directors, such as Dario Argento. However, in the latter years, he was offered less substantial roles. Disheartened with this scenario, he shifted his focus to writing and producing films. Unfortunately, he died due to complications that arose from his smoking habits.
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As per our current Database, James Franciscus has been died on July 8, 1991(1991-07-08) (aged 57)\nNorth Hollywood, California, U.S..

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When James Franciscus die, James Franciscus was 57 years old.

Popular As James Franciscus
Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 57 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 31, 1934 (Clayton, Missouri, United States, United States)
Birthday January 31
Town/City Clayton, Missouri, United States, United States
Nationality United States

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James Franciscus’s zodiac sign is Aquarius. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.

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Franciscus was born in Clayton, Missouri, to Lorraine (née Grover) and John Allen Franciscus, who was killed in action during World War II. In 1957, Franciscus received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theatre arts from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, from which he graduated magna cum laude. He was a classmate of Dick Cavett and Bill Hinnant.


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' 1991 death (he was a four pack a day smoker) from emphysema in North Hollywood, California, at the age of 57.


His first major role was as Detective Jim Halloran in the half-hour version of ABC's The Naked City television series. Franciscus guest starred on the CBS military sitcom/drama Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper, and on the NBC drama about family conflicts in the American Civil War entitled The Americans. CBS soon cast him in the lead in the 13-week series The Investigators, which aired from October 5 to December 28, 1961. He played the insurance investigator Russ Andrews, with James Philbrook as a co-star. Franciscus was also cast in the role of Tom Grover in the 1961 episode "The Empty Heart" of the CBS anthology series, The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He performed in many feature films and television programs throughout the 1960s and 1970s, preceded by a minor role in an episode of The Twilight Zone titled Judgment Night in 1959, and a major role in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Summer Shade in 1961.

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