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Overview (4)

Born in Glendale, California, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (airplane crash)
Birth NameRobert Charles Francis
Nickname Bob

Mini Bio (1)

Relatively new to Hollywood, Robert Francis, 25, was a rising young actor on the verge of film stardom, when on 31 July, 1955, he, along with a friend, actress Ann Russell, were both killed instantly, after private plane owned by Joe Kirkwood Jr. which he was piloting, crashed. The plane had just taken off from the Burbank airport, when it suddenly lost power and crashed into an abandoned car park.

Francis had made a solid debut as a ranking officer in The Caine Mutiny (1954) - alongside a formidable, group of actors, including such stalwarts as Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson and Fred MacMurray. Clean-cut, solid-bodied, rather quiet and handsome,sporting the typical 50s brush-cut, Francis showed exceptional poise and restraint in his next few co-leads, finding a niche as loyal military types. Francis was buried at Forest Lawn. He appeared in only 4 films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jay Kauffman (corrected by U.N. Owen)

Trivia (5)

Voted one of Screen World's "Promising Personalities of 1954."
Appeared in only four films in his brief life and in each he played a character in the military.
His last two films, The Bamboo Prison (1954) and The Long Gray Line (1955), 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, which apparently failed to offer him further work after his first, and only, four films.
At the time of his death, he had been chosen to co-star with James Cagney in Tribute To A Bad Man. The part went to Don Dubbins.
Robert Francis appeared in only four films in his brief life and in each film he played a character in the military.

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