James Franciscus

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James Grover Franciscus (January 31, 1934 – July 8, 1991) was an American actor. He was born in Clayton, Missouri. His first major role was as Detective Jim Halloran in the half-hour version of ABC's The Naked City television series. Franciscus was thereafter the lead star in the 13-week series The Investigators, which aired on CBS from October 5 to December 28, 1961. He played the insurance investigator Russ Andrews, with James Philbrook as a co-star. Franciscus also appeared in the role of Tom Grover in the 1961 episode "The Empty Heart" of CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. He performed in many feature films and television programs throughout the 1960s and 1970s, including a minor role in an episode of The Twilight Zone titled Judgment Night in 1959. In 1963, he appeared as Mike Norris in the episode "Hang By One Hand" on the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour, Combat! and Miracle of the White Stallions. Franciscus may be best-remembered for his title roles in two television series, NBC's Mr. Novak (1963–65) and ABC's Longstreet (1971–72), and for his vocal performance in the big-screen version of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973). In 1976, he starred in the TV series, Hunter, a series about espionage in which he played a secret agent. He was also frequently seen in feature films of the 1960s and 1970s such as Snow Treasure, The Amazing Dobermans, Marooned, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, City on Fire, When Time Ran Out and The Valley of Gwangi. Over the years, Franciscus found film work with Italian cinema. In 1971 he accepted the lead role in Dario Argento's second film, The Cat o' Nine Tails. 1979 saw him appear in Antonio Margheriti's Killer Fish, and in 1980 he starred in director Enzo G. Castellari's notorious Jaws rip-off, Great White. He continued appearing in roles on the screen and television. When less important roles were offered Franciscus turned to writing screenplays and producing. In 1991, the year of his death, he worked as an associate producer and screenwriter on the movie 29th Street starring Anthony LaPaglia and Danny Aiello; it was his final project.

Most Popular James Franciscus Trailers

Total trailers found: 34

Beneath the Planet of the Apes Trailer (1970)

01 May 1970

Astronaut Brent is sent to rescue Taylor but crash lands on the Planet of the Apes, just like Taylor did in the original film.

The Valley of Gwangi Trailer (1969)

24 July 1969

A turn of the century wild west show struggling to make a living in Mexico comes into the possession of a tiny prehistoric horse.

The Cat o' Nine Tails Trailer (1971)

11 February 1971

A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research.

The Amazing Dobermans Trailer (1976)

24 November 1976

An ex-con man and his five trained Dobermans help a Treasury Dept. agent stop a racketeer and his gang.

The Concorde Affair Trailer (1979)

23 March 1979

A reporter tries to stop the crash of an aircraft after uncovering an airline's plot to save their business by sabotaging Concorde flights and have them decommissioned.

The Last Shark Trailer (1981)

02 April 1981

An enormous and angry 35 foot Great White Shark takes revenge on humans when they build a beach just for swimmers by a coastal town.

Good Guys Wear Black Trailer (1978)

01 June 1978

The former leader of a commando rescue attempt into Vietnam tries to discover why his squad members are being murdered, one-by-one, after the war is over.

Secret Weapons Trailer (1985)

03 March 1985

Hamilton plays a young Russian girl recruited to be a sex spy, seducing men and catching them in compromising situations so they can be blackmailed.

Butterfly Trailer (1982)

01 January 1982

Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady.

Killer Fish Trailer (1979)

07 December 1979

Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.

One of My Wives Is Missing Trailer (1976)

05 March 1976

Vacationing in a small town, a frantic Daniel Corban (James Franciscus) shows up at the local police station, declaring that his wife has disappeared.

Marooned Trailer (1969)

11 December 1969

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire.

The Greek Tycoon Trailer (1978)

12 May 1978

A lusty Greek shipping magnate courts the widow of an assassinated U.S. president.

Youngblood Hawke Trailer (1964)

04 November 1964

An unknown Kentucky writer (James Franciscus) comes to New York and pursues fame and women (Suzanne Pleshette, Genevieve Page).

Great Transport Trailer (1983)

04 July 1983

This WW2 epic was one of the last movies of that kind made in former Yugoslavia. It tells the true story of great transport of Partizans from Vojvodina to Bosnia in 1943.

City on Fire Trailer (1979)

11 July 1979

A pyromaniac, ex-employee of a city oil refinery creates an explosion at the facility which starts a chain-reaction of fires that engulf the entire city.

Miracle of the White Stallions Trailer (1963)

29 March 1963

In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands.

When Time Ran Out... Trailer (1980)

28 March 1980

An active volcano threatens a south Pacific island resort and its guests as a power struggle ensues between the property's developer and a drilling foreman.

Nightkill Trailer (1980)

18 December 1980

The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit.

Shadow Over Elveron Trailer (1968)

05 March 1968

A corrupt sheriff knows the secrets of everyone in town and uses that information to go unchallenged.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Trailer (1973)

23 October 1973

Jonathan is sick and tired of the boring life in his sea-gull clan. He rather experiments with new, always more daring flying techniques.

The Dream Makers Trailer (1975)

07 January 1975

A college president becomes the president of a record company, and finds himself enmeshed in a payola scandal.

Heidi Trailer (1968)

17 November 1968

Heidi is an orphaned girl initially raised by her aunt Dete in Maienfeld, Switzerland. In order to get a job in Frankfurt, Dete brings 5-year-old Heidi to her grandfather, who has been at odds with the villagers for years and lives in seclusion on the alm.

Hell Boats Trailer (1970)

20 March 1970

A war drama of motor torpedo boats which did much unsung work in WW2, but the naval battles merely provide an exciting story in which an even more special romantic drama is wrapped up.

The Mugger Trailer (1958)

01 November 1958

A police shrink tries to identify and capture an elusive mugger that scars his female victims before stealing their purse.

The Outsider Trailer (1961)

01 December 1961

Arizona Indian Ira Hayes' (Tony Curtis) life is a tragedy after he joins the Marines and helps raise the flag at Iwo Jima.

I Passed for White Trailer (1960)

18 March 1960

A young woman falls in love and marries, but withholds from her husband information about her family.

The Trial of Chaplain Jensen Trailer (1975)

11 February 1975

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of Chaplain Andrew Jensen, the only U.S. navy chaplain ever court-martialed on charges of adultery.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Trailer (1981)

01 January 1981

Biography of the former first lady, focusing on her years as a photojournalist and leading up to her marriage to John F.

Four Boys and a Gun Trailer (1957)

01 January 1957

Four friends are involved in a robbery that resulted in the killing of a police officer.

The Pirate Trailer (1978)

21 November 1978

An Israeli man, raised by a wealthy and powerful Arab, is put in charge of his country's vast oil fortunes.

Night Slaves Trailer (1970)

29 September 1970

A man and his wife stumble upon a town whose inhabitants turn into zombies and head for the edge of town every night.

Under the Law: The Hitchhike Trailer (1973)

01 January 1973

After receiving an anonymous phone call, the cops pick up a young woman who is wandering around alone in the desert.

Longstreet Trailer (1971)

23 February 1971

The pilot for the 1971 - 1972 series of the same title. Mike Longstreet, an insurance investigator in New Orleans loses his sight and his wife in an explosion and is determined to track down his wife's killers.