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|Also Known As:||Died:||July 8, 1991|
|Born:||January 31, 1934||Cause of Death:||emphysema|
|Birth Place:||Clayton, Missouri, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Acted in summer stock theater in Massachussetts
Produced and scripted three plays while at Yale Drama School
First TV appearance as performer on "The General Electric Theater" (1953-1962)
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)
Feature acting debut, "Four Boys and a Gun"
Regular role on TV series, "Naked City"
Played insurance company investigator in short-lived TV series, "The Investigators"
Starred as a high-school English teacher in TV series, "Mr. Novak"
Became vice president, producer of Omnibus Productions Inc. which he cofounded with with Fred Brogger
Produced TV special, "Heidi" (also acted)
Starred in title role as a blind insurance investigator in "Longstreet"
Played the title role in the ABC drama series, "Doc Elliot"
Started James Franciscus Celebrity Tennis Tournament to help victims of multiple sclerosis (a disease afflicting his mother) in the 1970s
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