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James Franciscus (1934–1991)

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 ... See full bio »

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 1985 Secret Weapons (TV Movie)
Colonel Victor Khudenko
 1983 Veliki transport
John Mason
 1982 Butterfly
Moke Blue
 1981 The Last Shark
Peter Benton (as James Francicus)
 1980 Nightkill
Steve Fulton
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Bob Spangler
 1979 Killer Fish
Paul Diller
 1979 City on Fire
 1979 Concorde Affaire '79
Moses Brody
 1978 Puzzle (TV Movie)
Harry Scott
 1978 The Pirate (TV Movie)
Dick Carriage
 1978 Secrets of Three Hungry Wives (TV Movie)
Mark Powers
 1978 The Greek Tycoon
President James Cassidy
 1976 The Man Inside (TV Movie)
 1976 The Amazing Dobermans
 1976 One of My Wives Is Missing (TV Movie)
Daniel Corban
 1975 Insight (TV Series)
- The Man from Inner Space (1975) ... Psychiatrist
 1975 The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (TV Movie)
Chaplain Andrew Jensen
 1975 The Dream Makers (TV Movie)
Sammy Stone
 1974 Aloha Means Goodbye (TV Movie)
Dr. Lawrence Maddox
 1973-1974 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Benjamin Elliot / Dr. Ben Elliot
- The Pharmacist (1974) ... Benjamin Elliot
- The Brothers (1974) ... Benjamin Elliot
- Things That Might Have Been (1974) ... Benjamin Elliot
- Survival (1974) ... Benjamin Elliot
- The Gold Mine (1974) ... Benjamin Elliot
 1973 The 500 Pound Jerk (TV Movie)
Gil Davenport
 1973 Under the Law: The Hitchhike (Short)
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Paul Dover
 1970 Night Slaves (TV Movie)
Clay Howard
 1970 Hell Boats
Lt. Comdr. Jeffords, R.N.V.R.
 1969 Marooned
Clayton Stone
 1969 The Valley of Gwangi
Tuck Kirby
 1969 Trial Run (TV Movie)
Louis Coleman
 1968 Snow Treasure
2nd Lt. H. Kalasch
 1967-1968 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Mitchell Flynn / Charles Burnett
- Out of Control (1968) ... Mitchell Flynn
- Force of Nature (1967) ... Charles Burnett
 1968 Shadow Over Elveron (TV Movie)
Dr. Matthew Tregaskis
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Father William Chitwood
- The Devil's Surrogate (1968) ... Father William Chitwood
 1966 Combat! (TV Series)
Pfc. Charles Harris
- Decision (1966) ... Pfc. Charles Harris
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Capt. Tom Carpenter
- Cross-Hairs on Death (1966) ... Capt. Tom Carpenter
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Larry Martin
- Escape into Jeopardy (1965) ... Larry Martin
 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Youngblood Hawke
 1963 Miracle of the White Stallions
Maj. Hoffman
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Mike Norris
- Hang by One Hand (1963) ... Mike Norris
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Stan Fisher
- Jail Ward (1963) ... Stan Fisher
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
John Wickware
- So Oft It Chances in Particular Men (1962) ... John Wickware
 1961 The Outsider
Pvt. James B. Sorenson
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Lt. Hannon
- The Invaders (1961) ... Lt. Hannon
 1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Tom Grover
- The Guilty Heart (1961) ... Tom Grover
 1960-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ben Kendall / William Tyre
- Summer Shade (1961) ... Ben Kendall
- Forty Detectives Later (1960) ... William Tyre
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
William Emerson Stanhope / Billy Bart
- Mother and Son (1960) ... William Emerson Stanhope / Billy Bart
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Andy Nye
- Incident of the Murder Steer (1960) ... Andy Nye
 1960 Black Saddle (TV Series)
Quinn Jackson
- The Penalty (1960) ... Quinn Jackson
 1960 I Passed for White
Rick Leyton
 1960 Hennesey (TV Series)
- The Annapolis Man (1960) ... Williams
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
John Colter
- The Benjamin Burns Story (1960) ... John Colter
 1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Tom Doane
- Millionaire Margaret Stoneham (1960) ... Tom Doane
 1959 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Mike Ward
- Lady of the Press (1959) ... Mike Ward
 1959 The Rifleman (TV Series)
Philip Simmons
- The Legacy (1959) ... Philip Simmons
 1959 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Bill Shappard
- Bud, the Willing Worker (1959) ... Bill Shappard
 1959 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Lt. Mueller
- Judgment Night (1959) ... Lt. Mueller
 1959 Whirlybirds (TV Series)
Jerry Lambert / Tom Drake
- Dead Wrong (1959) ... Jerry Lambert / Tom Drake
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Clay Darrow
- Six Guns for Donegan (1959) ... Clay Darrow
 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Joe Braddock
- The Stage Line (1959) ... Joe Braddock
 1958-1959 Naked City (TV Series)
Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
- A Wood of Thorne (1959) ... Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
- The Canvas Bullet (1959) ... Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
- Saw My Baby There (1959) ... Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
- The Scorpion Sting (1959) ... Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
- The Bloodhounds (1959) ... Det. James 'Jimmy' Halloran
 1958 The Mugger
Eddie Baxter
 1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Lt. John R. Bertrand
- The Bowfin Story (1958) ... Lt. John R. Bertrand
 1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Johnny / Norstad / Brass
- The Strong Man (1958) ... Johnny
- Kurishiki Incident (1958) ... Norstad
- A Walk in the Forest (1957) ... Brass (as Jim Franciscus)
 1958 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Tom Nelson
- Deliver the Body (1958) ... Tom Nelson
 1957 Four Boys and a Gun
Johnny Doyle
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Two early guest shots were also considered pilots for possible series-- 1959's "Six Guns for Donegan" and 1961's "Love is a Lion's Roar" were both considered for series but didn't sell. See more »

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In 1959 Norman Lear produced a pilot for a situation comedy called "Band of Gold" in which James and Suzanne Pleshette played a different couple each week. The program was considered too "experimental" and was never broadcast. See more »


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