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|From the film trailer for The Unholy Wife (1957)|
|Birthday/Birthplace||(1920-02-29)February 29, 1920
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
|Deceased||June 17, 2006(2006-06-17)
Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
|Cause of death||Emphysema|
Anna Minot (m. 1945; div. 1946)
Adele Longmire (m. 1946; div. 1957)
Arthur Franz (February 29, 1920 – June 17, 2006) was a theater, film and television actor of American nationality, active mainly in the B-series and on television. His most prominent role was that of Lieutenant H. Paynter Jr. in the film El riot del Caine (1954).
Arthur Franz’s Biography
His full name was Arthur Sofield Franz, and he was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Being a student in high school, he began to be interested in acting.
During World War II, Franz served as navigator of a Consolidated B-24 Liberator in the Air Forces of the Army of the United States. Flying over Romania, his device was shot down, and he was admitted to a prisoner of war camp, from which he escaped later.
In his early days, Arthur Franz was a stage actor, working on the Broadway (New York) circuit in four pieces in the 1940s. The first was Hope for a Harvest, by Sophie Treadwell (1941, with Florence Eldridge and Fredric March). The fourth was Command Decision, by William Wister Haines (1947-1948, with Paul Kelly in the lead role.
As a film actor, his first film was a 1948 production. He shot another forty-nine films, most recently released in 1982. His films include Roseanna McCoy (1949), Eight Iron Men (1952), Invaders of Mars ( 1953), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) and The Unholy Wife (1957). In The Sniper (1952) he made a first role, that of a tormented assassin. He had the opportunity to work with John Wayne in the war film Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), and with Ronald Reagan in Hellcats of the Navy (1957).
Franz was also a familiar face of American television. One of his most outstanding performances in the middle was his role as Henry Ford in the 1955 telefilm A Story About Henry Ford, with Karen Sharpe. He also made five guest appearances on the Perry Mason series. He also participated in dozens of other series, including Schlitz Playhouse, Crossroads, Science Fiction Theater, Ripcord, The Alaskans, Mr. Novak, The FBI, The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Custer, Mannix, Storefront Lawyers, The Six Million Dollar Man, The invaders, The Virginian, Gunsmoke and Rawhide.
Another prominent role of Franz for television was that of the President of the United States James Madison in the episode “George Mason” of the documentary series of NBC Profiles in Courage (1965), in which William Bakewell and Laurence Naismith Franz was also Charles A. Halleck in the 1974 telefilm The Missiles of October, based on the Missile Crisis in Cuba.
Finally, in 1982 came the last performance of Franz, in the movie That Championship Season.
Arthur Franz died in Oxnard, California, in 2006, due to emphysema. He was 86 years old.
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