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Coleman Francis (1919–1973)

Coleman Francis was born on January 24, 1919 in Oklahoma, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Night Train to Mundo Fine (1966), Motorpsycho! (1965) and The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961). He was married to Barbara Francis. He died on January 15, 1973 in Hollywood, California, USA. See full bio »

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 1970 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Rotund Drunk
 1970 The Dirtiest Game
 1969 Body Fever
 1968 P.J.
Factory Worker (uncredited)
 1965 Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Monsters
"Big Ed" Narzak (segment "The Lemon Grove Kids") / Mr. Miller (segment "The Lemon Grove Kids Meet the Green Grasshopper and the Vampire Lady From Outer Space")
 1965 Motorpsycho!
Harry Bonner
 1964 The Thrill Killers
Narrator (uncredited)
 1963 The Skydivers
Spectator / Gunman in Plane (uncredited)
 1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
1st Man
- The Dodger (1961) ... 1st Man
 1961 The Beast of Yucca Flats
Narrator / Gas Station Attendant / Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
 1961 The Rifleman (TV Series)
- Stopover (1961) ... (uncredited)
 1960 Cimarron
Mr. Geer (uncredited)
 1960 Spring Affair
 1960 From the Terrace
Office Worker (uncredited)
 1960 The Man and the Challenge (TV Series)
- The Dropper (1960)
 1960 M Squad (TV Series)
Moving Man
- Diary of a Bomber (1960) ... Moving Man
 1960 Tombstone Territory (TV Series)
Burt Graves
- The Lady Lawyer (1960) ... Burt Graves
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
- The Ticket (1960) ... Bailiff
 1957-1959 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Red (1959)
- The Big Tip (1958)
- The Big Match (1957)
 1959 T-Bird Gang
Capt. R. M. Prell
 1959 Highway Patrol (TV Series)
- Cargo Hijack (1959) ... Henchman
 1958 Twilight for the Gods (uncredited)
 1958 Stakeout on Dope Street
Detective (as Colman Francis)
 1958 The Old Testament Scriptures (TV Series)
Pharaoh's Baker
- Joseph: The Young Man ... Pharaoh's Baker
 1955-1957 Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV Series)
Jonathan Dewey / Matt Lance / Powers / ...
- The Mark of Crime (1957) ... Jonathan Dewey
- Border Action (1956) ... Matt Lance
- Relief Train (1956) ... Powers
- The Assassins (1955) ... Jake Martin
 1957 The Phantom Stagecoach
Townsman (uncredited)
 1957 Burden of Truth
 1957 The Book of Acts Series
Chief Jailer
 1954 She Couldn't Say No
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1954 Killers from Space
Guy in Power Plant Answering Phone (uncredited)
 1952 Scarlet Angel
Deckhand (uncredited)
 1952 The Girl in White
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Alternate Names:

C. Francis | Colman Francis

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One of the trademarks of his style as a director was to feature coffee as a central plot point or a focus of conversation. Also, the plots of his scripts often wander inexplicably, so much so that some critics have suggested that it represents an intentional artistic style. See more »


All of his movies feature characters named, "Joe." Sky Divers has Joe Moss, Beast of Yucca Flats has Joe Dobson and Joseph Javorski, and Night Train to Mundo Fine has Joe and Jose. See more »



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