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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 26 February 1930Glendale, California, USA
Date of Death 31 July 1955Los Angeles, California, USA  (airplane crash)
Birth NameRobert Charles Francis

Mini Bio (1)

Relatively new to Hollywood, young Robert Francis, 25, was a rising young actor on the verge of film stardom in 1955 after making a solid debut as a ranking officer in The Caine Mutiny (1954) - alongside a formidable, normally intimidating group of veterans such as Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray. Handsome, clean-cut, solid-bodied, rather quiet and sporting a typical 50s brush-cut, the up-and-comer showed exceptional poise and restraint in his next few co-leads, finding an early niche as loyal military types. And, then, on July 31, 1955, he was suddenly killed along with a friend after a private plane he was piloting crashed. He had just taken off from the Burbank airport when the plane suddenly lost power and crashed into an abandoned parking lot. All on board were killed instantly. He was buried at Forest Lawn two days later. The plane was owned by Joe Kirkwood Jr.. He had appeared in only four films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jay Kauffman

Trivia (3)

Voted one of Screen World's "Promising Personalities of 1954."
Robert Francis appeared in only four films in his brief life and in each film he played a character in the military.
Robert Francis's last two films, The Bamboo Prison and The Long Gray Line, were completed in March 1954 and May 1954, even though they were released several months later. This means that, at the time of his death in July 1955, he had not worked in over a year since the completion of his last film, The Long Gray Line. This is curious indeed, considering he had been voted one of Screen World's "Promising Personalities of 1954" and seemed to have been under exclusive contract to Columbia Pictures, who apparently failed to offer him further work after his first, and only, four films.

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