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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 29 February 1920Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 16 June 2006Oxnard, California, USA  (emphysema)
Nickname Turo
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Arthur Sofield Franz was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Dorothy and Gustave Franz, German immigrants. He was a reliable character actor in many '40s and '50s "B" pictures, often cast as a friendly small-town businessman or professional (as in The Doctor and the Girl (1949)) or the lead's sympathetic friend (as in 1953's Invaders from Mars (1953)). He wasn't confined to just "B" pictures, however. He had good parts in such major productions as Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and Alvarez Kelly (1966) and acquitted himself well. However, the film he's probably best remembered for is Edward Dmytryk's solid little "B" thriller The Sniper (1952), in which he turned in an outstanding performance as a mentally unstable ex-soldier in San Francisco who, after being rejected by a woman he was interested in, snaps and terrorizes the city by taking out his old army rifle and stalking and picking off women.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (4)

Sharon Keyser (14 February 2006 - 16 June 2006) (his death)
Doreen Lang (3 July 1964 - 21 April 1999) (her death)
Adele Longmire (1946 - 1957) (divorced) (2 children)
Anna Minot (1945 - 1946) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (4)

During World War II, Franz served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was shot down over Romania and incarcerated in a POW camp, from which he escaped.
Franz's interest in acting developed when he was a high school student.
Lived in New Zealand for many years but wished to return to California during the last stages of his illness.
Had three children: Gina, Melissa and Michael.

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