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In Praise Of James Franciscus

31 January 2010 8:38 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

This Entry Was Updated On February 1On the subject of somewhat forgotten actors...   I'm writing to you today because it's January 31st and that was the birthday of the late James Franciscus, who would be 76 today.  Probably best recalled now for only Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970), Franciscus was part of a crop of handsome TV actors (he was the original star of The Naked City TV series) in the late fifties who longed for movie star status (and likely watched with burning resentment in the sixties as Steve McQueen shot past them all).  Franciscus tried for that brass ring several times (anyone remember Youngblood Hawke from 1964?) only to return again and again to series television to support his family.  Jane Fonda's "first" (according to her recent autobiography), Franciscus had a reasonably successful acting career by most standards, but was reportedly bitter that he never gained real leading »

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