Arthur Franz


Actor
Arthur Franz

About

Birth Place
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
Born
February 29, 1920
Died
June 17, 2006
Cause of Death
Heart Failure And Emphysema

Biography

Best known as a 1950's B-movie actor, Arthur Franz first showed an interest in acting while in high school. Like many in the movie making industry, Franz served in the military during World War II. He was a B-24 Liberator navigator in the United States Army Air Force. Shot down over Romania, he was thrown into an enemy POW camp, from which he managed to escape. Upon returning to the stat...

Family & Companions

Doreen Lang
Wife
Actor. Died on April 21, 1999 at age 81.

Biography

Best known as a 1950's B-movie actor, Arthur Franz first showed an interest in acting while in high school. Like many in the movie making industry, Franz served in the military during World War II. He was a B-24 Liberator navigator in the United States Army Air Force. Shot down over Romania, he was thrown into an enemy POW camp, from which he managed to escape. Upon returning to the states he pursued an acting career with relish, and broke into film in 1948 as Lieutenant 'Mace' Willard in "Jungle Patrol." The following year, Franz appeared in six films, most of them B-movies. By the '50s he had built a reputation as a solid actor for genre films, and was cast steadily. In 1952, his title character in "The Sniper" terrorized the city of San Francisco, brutally shooting down women after being rebuffed by the object of his affection. In a career that spanned three decades, Franz landed numerous notable roles, yet his most acclaimed is undoubtedly Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr. in the maritime drama "The Caine Mutiny." After making over 140 appearances in television and film, Franz retired in 1982. He died 24 years later at the age of 86.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

That Championship Season (1982)
Macken
Bogie (1980)
Dr Bogart
Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979)
Dick Leonard
The Last Hurrah (1977)
Hack Wiles
Sisters of Death (1977)
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976)
The Human Factor (1975)
The Missiles of October (1974)
Murder or Mercy (1974)
Dr Raymond Eckworth
So Long, Blue Boy (1973)
Editor Rilke
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
District Attorney
Anzio (1968)
General Howard
The Sweet Ride (1968)
Psychiatrist
Alvarez Kelly (1966)
Captain Towers
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Morrissey
The Atomic Submarine (1960)
Cmdr. Richard "Reef" Holloway
Woman Obsessed (1959)
Tom Sharron
The Young Lions (1958)
Lieutenant Green
Monster on the Campus (1958)
Dr. Donald Blake
The Flame Barrier (1958)
Dave Hollister
Back from the Dead (1957)
Dick Anthony
The Devil's Hairpin (1957)
Danny Rhinegold
The Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Lt. Commander Don Landon
The Unholy Wife (1957)
Rev. Stephen Hochen
Running Target (1956)
Sheriff Scott
The Wild Party (1956)
Arthur Mitchell
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
Bob Hale
New Orleans Uncensored (1955)
Dan Corbett
Battle Taxi (1955)
Lt. Pete Stacy
Bobby Ware Is Missing (1955)
George Ware
The Steel Cage (1954)
Father Harvey
The Eddie Cantor Story (1954)
Harry Harris
Bad for Each Other (1954)
Dr. Jim Crowley
Flight Nurse (1954)
Capt. Mike Barnes
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Lt. Paynter
The Member of the Wedding (1953)
Jarvis Addams
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Dr. Stuart Kelston
The Sniper (1952)
Edward Miller
Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952)
Phil Young
Eight Iron Men (1952)
Carter
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Tommy Nelson
Strictly Dishonorable (1951)
Henry Greene
Submarine Command (1951)
Lt. Carlson
Flight to Mars (1951)
Jim Barker
Three Secrets (1950)
Paul Radin
Tarnished (1950)
Bud Dolliver
Roseanna McCoy (1949)
Thad Wilkins
The Doctor and the Girl (1949)
Dr. Harvey L. Kenmore
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Corp. Robert Dunne
Red Light (1949)
Jess Torno
Red Stallion in the Rockies (1949)
Thad Avery
Jungle Patrol (1948)
Mace Willard

Cast (Special)

Man of Fear (1958)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977)

Life Events

Photo Collections

Battle Taxi - Title Lobby Card
Here is the Title Lobby Card from Battle Taxi (1955), starring Sterling Hayden. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Member Of The Wedding, The (1952) - That Green And Crazy Summer Julie Harris (as "Frankie") with Ethel Waters (as "Berenice") and the rest of the cast, introduced in the opening scene of Fred Zinnemann's The Member of the Wedding, 1952, from Carson McCullers' novel and play.
Sniper, The (1952) - Open, Law Enforcement Is Helpless Journalistic and inflammatory, the dramatized quasi-factual prologue, and the introduction of Arthur Franz as the title character, in producer Stanley Kramer and director Edward Dmytryk’s first collaboration, The Sniper, 1952, also starring Adolphe Menjou and Richard Kiley, shot largely in San Francisco.
Sniper, The (1952) - Find Me And Stop Me Digging into the psycho material now, Arthur Franz as Eddie (title character) seems to know he’s finding it too easy to get away with killing women with his rifle, makes a cry for help then goes after sexy May (Marlo Dwyer), whom he met the night of the first murder, in The Sniper, 1952.
Sniper, The (1952) - They Said I Was Looking In Their Windows Big set piece by director Edward Dmytryk, Ralph Peters the snarky cop at the podium as suspects John Pickard, Byron Foulger and Ralph Smiley are shredded, then Richard Kiley’s first scene as shrink Kent, discouraging chief cop Anderson (Frank Faylen) and Lt. Kafka (Adolphe Menjou) in The Sniper, 1952.
Sniper, The (1952) - Young Fool! Continuing the initial solo scenes profiling the title character, Arthur Franz as troubled Eddie, whom we’ve seen taking aim at strange women with his rifle, cruising his neighborhood, Danni Sue Nolan the cashier at the soda shop, in The Sniper, 1952, from Harry Brown’s script and story by Edna & Edward Anhalt.
Sniper, The (1952) - I Think It's Brandy After burning himself on the stove in a bid for attention, and mostly failing, we join Eddie (Arthur Franz, title character) at work for the first time, a delivery man (working on location) in San Francisco, Marie Windsor his benevolent and alluring customer, in Edward Dmytryk’s The Sniper, 1952.
Sniper, The (1952) - It'll Turn Out To Be Her Boyfriend Second appearance for Adolphe Menjou as Lt. Kafka and Gerald Mohr as Sgt. Ferris, after the crime scene, now at the home of the victim, terse chat even as the perp Eddie (Arthur Franz) calculates whether he should deliver the cleaning for the gal he murdered, in The Sniper, 1952, shot on location around Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, Paul Marion the debriefed boyfriend.
Red Light (1949) - Two Brothers Reunited Nick (Raymond Burr) and Rocky (Henry Morgan) are the prison projectionists, their newsreel introducing Torno (George Raft) greeting his priest brother Jess (Arthur Franz), early in Roy Del Ruth's Red Light, 1949.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) - Open, Execution Meant to be chilling opening from director Fritz Lang, writer Garrett (Dana Andrews) and editor Spencer (Sidney Blackmer) witnessing an execution, in Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) - You'll Get The Chair Writer Garrett (Dana Andrews) and ex-boss/future father-in-law Spencer (Sidney Blackmer) discussing how to prove capital punishment unjust, in Fritz Lang's Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, 1956.
Wild Party, The (1956) - Open, Kicks After credits, Nehemiah Persoff (who'll portray the pianist "Kicks") provides hip narration over genuine L-A night-life footage, from The Wild Party, 1956, starring Anthony Quinn and Carol Ohmart.
Hellcats Of The Navy (1957) - Clear The Deck! Future president Reagan here as WWII Commander Abbott, making the call to submerge before his submarine is spotted by a Japanese vessel, leaving a frogman at risk and infuriating his second in command (Arthur Franz), in Hellcats Of The Navy, 1957, co-starring Nancy Davis (Reagan).

Companions

Doreen Lang
Wife
Actor. Died on April 21, 1999 at age 81.

Bibliography