Anthony Franciosa (I) (1928–2006)

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Franciosa was born Anthony Papaleo on October 25, 1928, in New York City. The son of a construction worker and seamstress who divorced when he was a year old, he seldom saw his father after this and never man really got to know the other. After graduating high school, during a visit to a YMCA to take a free dance lesson, Franciosa came across an ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Hatful of Rain Polo Pope
Tenebrae Peter Neal
A Face in the Crowd Joey DePalma
City Hall Paul Zapatti


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 1997 Dellaventura (TV Series)
Sergio Alfano
- Above Reproach (1997) ... Sergio Alfano
 1996 City Hall
Paul Zapatti (as Tony Franciosa)
 1995 El caçador furtiu
 1992 Double Threat
Crocker Scott
 1990 Backstreet Dreams
 1989 Ghost Writer
Vincent Carbone
 1989 Fashion Crimes
Commissioner Rizzo
 1989 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Nino Lancaster
- Crazy as a Soup Sandwich (1989) ... Nino Lancaster
 1988 Death House
Vic Moretti
 1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Morris Conrad
- The 13th Floor (1988) ... Morris Conrad
 1988 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Dennis Julian
- I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan (1988) ... Dennis Julian
 1987 Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife (TV Movie)
Lou Di Luca (as Tony Franciosa)
 1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
David Morgan
- The Christmas Cruise: Part 2 (1986) ... David Morgan
- The Christmas Cruise: Part 1 (1986) ... David Morgan
 1986 Hotel (TV Series)
Drew Fletcher
- Pressure Points (1986) ... Drew Fletcher (as Tony Franciosa)
 1986 Stagecoach (TV Movie)
Henry Gatewood - Tonto Banker (as Tony Franciosa)
 1984-1985 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
Cary Maxwell
- Connections (1985) ... Cary Maxwell (as Tony Franciosa)
- Broken Promises (1985) ... Cary Maxwell (as Tony Franciosa)
- Final Analysis (1985) ... Cary Maxwell (as Tony Franciosa)
- Surrogates (1985) ... Cary Maxwell (as Tony Franciosa)
- Mister Wonderful (1985) ... Cary Maxwell (as Tony Franciosa)
 1984 Masquerade (TV Series)
Roman Lasalle
- The French Correction (1984) ... Roman Lasalle (as Tony Franciosa)
 1982 Julie Darling
 1982 Tenebrae
Peter Neal
 1982 Kiss My Grits
Charlie Karkas
 1982 Death Wish II
Herman Baldwin
 1981 Side Show (TV Movie)
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Arnold Bourdon
- A Woman's Help (1981) ... Arnold Bourdon (as Tony Franciosa)
 1981 Help Me Dream
 1980 The Cricket
 1979 The World Is Full of Married Men
David Cooper
 1979 Firepower
Dr. Charles Félix
 1978 Wheels (TV Mini Series)
Smokey Stevenson
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Smokey Stevenson (as Tony Franciosa)
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini Series)
Alex Budde
- Aspen: Chapter III (1977) ... Alex Budde
- Aspen: Chapter II (1977) ... Alex Budde
- Aspen: Chapter I (1977) ... Alex Budde
 1977 Curse of the Black Widow (TV Movie)
Mark Higbie (as Tony Franciosa)
 1975-1976 Matt Helm (TV Series)
Matt Helm
- Die Once, Die Twice (1976) ... Matt Helm
- Panic (1975) ... Matt Helm
- Murder on the Run (1975) ... Matt Helm
- Think Murder (1975) ... Matt Helm
- Double Jeopardy (1975) ... Matt Helm
 1975 The Drowning Pool
Chief Broussard (as Tony Franciosa)
 1974 Ghost in the Noonday Sun
Pierre Rodriguez
 1974 This Is the West That Was (TV Movie)
J.W. McCanles
 1972-1973 Search (TV Series)
Nick Bianco
- The Packagers (1973) ... Nick Bianco (as Tony Franciosa, credit only)
- Suffer My Child (1973) ... Nick Bianco (as Tony Franciosa, credit only)
- Ends of the Earth (1973) ... Nick Bianco (as Tony Franciosa)
- Moment of Madness (1973) ... Nick Bianco (as Tony Franciosa, credit only)
- The Mattson Papers (1973) ... Nick Bianco (as Tony Franciosa)
 1972 Across 110th Street
Nick D'Salvio
 1972 The Catcher (TV Movie)
Joe Cade
 1971 Earth II (TV Movie)
Frank Karger (as Tony Franciosa)
 1971 The Deadly Hunt (TV Movie)
 1971 Web of the Spider
Alan Foster
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Ritter Miley / Kordick
- Follow the Leader (1970) ... Ritter Miley
- Holocaust (1970) ... Kordick
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Jeff Dillon
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 2 (1970) ... Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
- I Love You, Billy Baker: Part 1 (1970) ... Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
- The Other Kind of Spy (1970) ... Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
- Jenny Wilde Is Drowning (1970) ... Jeff Dillon (as Tony Franciosa)
 1968 In Enemy Country
Charles (as Tony Franciosa)
 1968 The Sweet Ride
Collie Ransom
 1968 A Man Called Gannon
Gannon (as Tony Franciosa)
 1967 Fathom
Peter Merriwether (as Tony Franciosa)
 1966 Fame Is the Name of the Game (TV Movie)
Jeff Dillon
 1966 The Swinger
Ric Colby (as Tony Franciosa)
 1966 Assault on a Queen
Vic Rossiter
 1966 A Man Could Get Killed
Steve / Antonio
 1964-1965 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
Valentine Farrow
- Climb Upon My Knee, Sonny Boy (1965) ... Valentine Farrow (as Tony Franciosa)
- I'll Cry at My Wedding (1965) ... Valentine Farrow (as Tony Franciosa)
- A Muffin Is Not a Tart (1965) ... Valentine Farrow (as Tony Franciosa)
- Farrow's Fling (1965) ... Valentine Farrow (as Tony Franciosa)
- Tell Me in English (1965) ... Valentine Farrow (as Tony Franciosa)
 1964 The Pleasure Seekers
Emilio Lacayo
 1964 Rio Conchos
Rodriguez (as Tony Franciosa)
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Jack Montrose
- A Case of Armed Robbery (1964) ... Jack Montrose
 1963 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Warren Duval
- An Echo of Faded Velvet (1963) ... Warren Duval
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
John Rollins
- Last Summer We Didn't Go Away (1963) ... John Rollins
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Steve Jared
- Call It a Lifetime (1963) ... Steve Jared
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
- One, Two, Three, Rita Rakahowski (1963) ... Gorilla
 1963 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Fred Russo
- The Shark (1963) ... Fred Russo
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Charlie Harris
- Charlie's Duet (1963) ... Charlie Harris
 1962 Period of Adjustment
Ralph Bates (as Tony Franciosa)
 1962 Careless
Emilio Brentani
 1961 Go Naked in the World
Nick Stratton
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
- Heaven Can Wait (1960)
 1960 Cradle Song (TV Movie)
 1959 The Story on Page One
Victor Santini
 1959 Career
Sam Lawson
 1958 The Naked Maja
Francisco Jose de Goya
 1958 The Long, Hot Summer
Jody Varner
 1957 Wild Is the Wind
 1957 A Hatful of Rain
Polo Pope
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Joey DePalma
 1957 This Could Be the Night
Tony Armotti
 1954-1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Arena (1954)
 1956 The Cradle Song (TV Movie)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
- This Happy Breed (1956)
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Whim of Iron (1955)
 1955 Studio One (TV Series)
Charles Egan
- It Might Happen Tomorrow (1955) ... Charles Egan
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Stage Play: A Hatful of Rain. Drama. Written by Michael V. Gazzo. Lyceum Theatre (moved to The Plymouth Theatre 10 Sep 1956- close): 9 Nov 1955- 13 Oct 1956 (398 performances + 1 preview on 9 Nov 1955). Cast: Ben Gazzara (as "Johnny Pope"), Shelley Winters (as "Celia Pope"), Anthony Franciosa (as "Polo Pope") [final Broadway role], Frank ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

A. Franciosa | Tony Franciosa


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I went to Hollywood in the mid-'50s, and I would say I went out there a little too early. It was an incredible amount of attention, and I wasn't quite mature enough psychologically and emotionally for [it].


Was due to appear as American mob boss Charlie in The Long Good Friday (1980). After accepting the job and flying from Los Angeles to London to film, he was unhappy with some of the rewrites and just returned home. The part was then given to Eddie Constantine. See more »


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