James Franciscus

Born Jan 31, 1934

James Grover Franciscus was an American actor, known for his roles in the series Mr. Novak, The Naked City and The Investigators, and in feature films.

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1934 Birth Born on January 31, 1934.


1957 23 Years Old 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. … Read More
1959 25 Years Old 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.
1960 26 Years Old On March 28, 1960, Franciscus married Kathleen "Kitty" Wellman, the daughter of film director William A. Wellman. … Read More
1963 29 Years Old He starred in I Passed for White (1960), and in 1963 he appeared as Mike Norris in the episode "Hang By One Hand" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, Combat! and Miracle of the White Stallions. … Read More


1972 38 Years Old Along with Lloyd Bridges, he served as host as the syndicated real-life adventure series Waterworld, which aired from 1972 to 1975.


1977 43 Years Old In 1977, he starred in his fifth television series, the short-lived Hunter (as a secret agent). … Read More
1979 45 Years Old In 1979, he appeared in Antonio Margheriti's Killer Fish, and in 1980 he starred in director Enzo G. Castellari's Jaws-inspired Great White (aka The Last Shark). … Read More
1980 46 Years Old After his divorce from Kathleen, he married the former Carla Ankney in 1980.


1991 57 Years Old 1 More Event
They were still married at the time of Franciscus' death in 1991 from emphysema in North Hollywood, California, at age 57.
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