James Franciscus Biography

Birthday: 1934-01-31
Place of Birth: Clayton, Missouri
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: James Grover Franciscus graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1957 with a B.A. in English and theater. His father, John Allen Franciscus, was a pilot killed in action during WWII. His mother was named Loraine (nee Grover) and he had one sibling, a brother named John. Mr. Franciscus is best known for his work in television, including "Naked City" (1958), "The Investigators" (1961), "Mr. Novak" (1963) and "Longstreet" (1971). He also made numerous guest appearances in other popular television programs, starred in numerous television movies, and appeared in numerous feature films. In the mid 1980s, he became dissatisfied with the roles offered to him and turned his attention to screen writing. As co-founder of Omnibus Productions, he produced many classic films, such as Heidi (1968) (TV), Jane Eyre (1970) (TV), "David Copperfield" (1986), Kidnapped (1987), and The Red Pony (1973) (TV). An avid tennis player, he founded the James Franciscus Celebrity Tennis Tournament in the mid 1970s to raise money for multiple sclerosis research and victims (his mother suffered from this disease). He also enjoyed sky diving and scuba diving. He married Kathleen 'Kitty' Wellman, daughter of director William A. Wellman, on March 28, 1960, and fathered four daughters (Jamie, Kellie, Corie and Jolie). A devoted family man, his contracts often stipulated that he not be required to work past 6:00 pm. After his divorce from Wellman, he married second wife Carla in 1980 and continued to live on his two acre North Hollywood estate until his death.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Investigators (1961) Russ Andrews 1961 - 1961
Mr. Novak John Novak 1963 Drama
Longstreet 1971 Action
Doc Elliot Benjamin Elliot / ... 1973 - 1974
The X Factor Us John Novak 2011 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Miracle of the White Stallions 1963 Family, Drama
The Valley of Gwangi 1969 Sport, Game Show, Fantasy, 0
Marooned 1969 Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi
Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970 Sport, Game Show, 0
Longstreet 1971 Action, Crime, Drama
Good Guys Wear Black 1978
The Greek Tycoon 1978 Drama
When Time Ran Out 1980 Action, Adventure, Drama