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James Franciscus

James Franciscus

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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 ...
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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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