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Also Known As: James Grover Franciscus Died: July 8, 1991
Born: January 31, 1934 Cause of Death: emphysema
Birth Place: Clayton, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, playwright, producer

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Secret Weapons (1985) Colonel Victor Khudenko
2.
 Butterfly (1981) Moke Blue
3.
 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981) John F Kennedy
4.
 Ultimo Squalo, L' (1981) Peter Benton
5.
 When Time Ran Out (1980) Bob Spangler
6.
 Nightkill (1980)
7.
 Killer Fish (1979) Paul Diller
8.
 City on Fire (1979)
9.
 Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (1978) Mark Powers
10.
 Greek Tycoon, The (1978) James Cassidy
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Acted in summer stock theater in Massachussetts
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Produced and scripted three plays while at Yale Drama School
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First TV appearance as performer on "The General Electric Theater" (1953-1962)
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)
1957:
Feature acting debut, "Four Boys and a Gun"
1958:
Regular role on TV series, "Naked City"
1961:
Played insurance company investigator in short-lived TV series, "The Investigators"
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Starred as a high-school English teacher in TV series, "Mr. Novak"
1968:
Became vice president, producer of Omnibus Productions Inc. which he cofounded with with Fred Brogger
1969:
Produced TV special, "Heidi" (also acted)
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Starred in title role as a blind insurance investigator in "Longstreet"
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Played the title role in the ABC drama series, "Doc Elliot"
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Started James Franciscus Celebrity Tennis Tournament to help victims of multiple sclerosis (a disease afflicting his mother) in the 1970s
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Education

Yale University: - 1957
Yale University: - 1957

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wife:
Kathleen Kent Franciscus. 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.
wife:
Carla Franciscus. Married in the mid-1980s.

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father:
John Allen Franciscus. Pilot. Killed in action in WWII.
mother:
Loraine Franciscus.
brother:
John Fraciscus.
daughter:
Jamie Franciscus.
daughter:
Kellie Franciscus.
daughter:
Corie Franciscus.
daughter:
Jolie Franciscus.
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