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Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(born Anthony George Papaleo, October 25, 1928 – January 19, 2006), usually billed as Tony Franciosa during the height of his career, was an American film, TV and stage actor. He made several feature films, including A Face in the Crowd (1957) and Career (1959) for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor/Drama. In television, along with many minor parts, he played lead roles in five television series: the sitcom Valentine's Day (1964–65), drama The Name of the Game (1968–71), Search (1972–73), Matt Helm (1975) and Finder of Lost Loves
Finder of Lost Loves
(1984). However, he began as a successful stage actor, gaining a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination for the drug-addiction play A Hatful of Rain.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Awards

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Notes 6 Selected filmography 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Born to an Italian-American
family (his grandparents emigrated from Melfi, Basilicata, in 1890),[1] and raised by his mother and aunt, he adopted his mother's maiden name Franciosa as his professional name.[2] Career[edit] In 1948, Franciosa joined the Cherry Lane Theatre
Cherry Lane Theatre
Group off Broadway (at the same time as actress Beatrice Arthur). Within two years, he had been accepted as a member of the Actors Studio, which would prove an invaluable resource going forward[3] but it would be a few years more before Franciosa could make a living from acting. In the meantime, he worked a variety of jobs which included being a waiter, dishwasher, day laborer, and messenger boy. Several years later he garnered rave reviews and a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination for his Broadway performance of the play A Hatful of Rain.

With Robert Stack
Robert Stack
and Gene Barry
Gene Barry
in The Name of the Game (1968)

When he reprised his role in the film version in 1957, he was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actor. He followed that with roles in several major films, including A Face in the Crowd (1957) with Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith
and Patricia Neal, The Naked Maja
The Naked Maja
(1958) with Ava Gardner, The Long Hot Summer
The Long Hot Summer
(also 1958) with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Orson Welles, Career (1959) with Dean Martin
Dean Martin
and Shirley MacLaine, Period of Adjustment (1962) with Jane Fonda, The Pleasure Seekers (1964) with Ann-Margret
and Carol Lynley, Fathom (1967) with Raquel Welch, Across 110th Street (1972) with Anthony Quinn, The Drowning Pool (1975) with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward, and Rio Conchos with Richard Boone and Stuart Whitman. He also appeared in a prominent co-starring role in the Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
film Assault on a Queen
Assault on a Queen
(1966) and was later in the 70s film of the Jackie Collins
Jackie Collins
book The World Is Full of Married Men. He guest-starred in the television series The Greatest Show on Earth, Jack Palance's circus drama, which aired on ABC from 1963–1964. That same season, he appeared in the ABC medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point. Producer David Dortort was on the verge of casting him as Cameron Mitchell's best friend and brother-in-law, Manolito Montoya, on the western, The High Chaparral, if Henry Darrow
Henry Darrow
did not make it in time. Unfortunately for Franciosa, he lost the part, because Darrow had arrived on the set, right on time, before filming was about to begin, in two weeks.[4]

With Laraine Stephens in a publicity photo for Matt Helm in 1975

Eager to act in any medium, he became a series lead in the sitcom Valentine's Day and drama TV series The Name of the Game (and its pilot TV-movie Fame Is the Name of the Game), as lead role of charismatic but doggedly determined star reporter Jeff Dillon, alternating the regular lead spot with Gene Barry
Gene Barry
and Robert Stack. He was fired from the series because of his temper. He had a further alternating lead role, this time alongside Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian
and Doug McClure, as agent Nick Bianco in Search, and then on his own in Matt Helm, a spinoff of the spy-spoof films that starred Dean Martin. He also played roles in all-star television miniseries, such as Aspen (1977) and Wheels (1978). In the 1980s, he starred in the Aaron Spelling-produced series Finder of Lost Loves. Franciosa also made notable guest star appearances as a villain in the Western series The Virginian (episode "Holocaust," aka "The Shiloh Years") and later The Men from Shiloh, plus was star of the Theatre of Stars episode "A Case of Armed Robbery" convincingly playing a man with feelings of alienation from a society driven to crime. In the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone, he appeared in the third-season episode "Crazy As a Soup Sandwich," playing a gangster who is revealed to be the ultimate demon. Franciosa's final film was City Hall, a 1996 drama starring Al Pacino and John Cusack, in which he portrayed a New York City
New York City
crime boss. Awards[edit] Billed as "Anthony Franciosa," he won the 1960 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
for the role "Sam Lawson" in Career (1959), opposite Dean Martin
Dean Martin
and Shirley MacLaine. He had won the Globe competing with actors Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
in Ben-Hur, Richard Burton in Look Back in Anger, Fredric March
Fredric March
in Middle of the Night
Middle of the Night
and Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut
as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. In 1958, Franciosa had been nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for his role as Polo Pope in the film version of A Hatful of Rain
A Hatful of Rain
(1957), opposite Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint
and Don Murray as his brother, Johnny, a morphine addict. Personal life[edit] Franciosa was married four times, and had three children. His first wife, Beatrice Bakalyar, was a writer. They were married from 1952 to 1957. The marriage ended in divorce. His second wife was Oscar-winning actress Shelley Winters; they were married from May 4, 1957 until their divorce in 1960; they had no children. Her death preceded his by five days. His third wife, the former Judith Balaban, daughter of Barney Balaban, and author of the book, The Bridesmaids, about her friend Princess Grace of Monaco, in whose wedding she served as a bridesmaid. This marriage produced Franciosa's only daughter, Nina. His last wife (from November 27, 1970 until his death in 2006) was Rita Theil, by whom he had two sons, Marco and Christopher. Christopher Franciosa is an actor. Marco Franciosa is an organic farmer. Rita, his last wife, when asked about Anthony's hair-trigger temper said, "He was never taught how to control his temper ... I changed him a lot ... We still have good fights once in a while, but I can scream back at him."[5] Franciosa, reflecting about Rita's influence on him, said,

"It took years of therapy and simply living through things to finally accept and enjoy myself. My wife Rita's influence has been profound in that process. Her family was a product of The Great Disaster — World War II. She emerged from the flames with a remarkable buoyancy. Each day she rises with an optimism, a serenity toward life that is certainly contagious. Does that sound romantic? If so, so be it."[6]

During his later years, Franciosa lived in Brentwood, a district in West Los Angeles. Death[edit] On January 19, 2006, Franciosa died at age 77 at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
after suffering a massive stroke. His death followed that of his ex-wife Shelley Winters
Shelley Winters
by five days (Franciosa suffered the stroke the day Winters died, January 14). He is survived by his wife, Rita, his children, Nina, Christopher, and Marco and his grandchildren, Ruby, Cassius, Alistar, and Rye Franciosa. Notes[edit] In his autobiography, "The Garner Files," actor James Garner
James Garner
stated that Franciosa, on the set of A Man Could Get Killed, constantly abused the stunt crew by not pulling punches in fight scenes resulting in a physical altercation with Garner. [7] Selected filmography[edit]

This Could Be the Night (1957) - Tony Armotti A Face in the Crowd (1957) - Joey DePalma A Hatful of Rain
A Hatful of Rain
(1957) - Polo Pope Wild Is the Wind
Wild Is the Wind
(1957) - Bene The Long, Hot Summer
The Long, Hot Summer
(1958) - Jody Varner The Naked Maja
The Naked Maja
(1958) - Francisco Jose de Goya Career (1959) - Sam Lawson The Story on Page One (1959) - Victor Santini Go Naked in the World
Go Naked in the World
(1961) - Nick Stratton Careless (1962) - Emilio Brentani Period of Adjustment (1962) - Ralph Bates Rio Conchos (1964) - Rodriguez The Pleasure Seekers (1964) - Emilio Lacayo A Man Could Get Killed
A Man Could Get Killed
(1966) - Steve / Antonio Assault on a Queen
Assault on a Queen
(1966) - Vic Rossiter The Swinger (1966) - Ric Colby Fame Is the Name of the Game (1966) - Jeff Dillon Fathom (1967) - Peter Merriwether A Man Called Gannon (1968) - Gannon The Sweet Ride
The Sweet Ride
(1968) - Collie Ransom In Enemy Country (1968) - Charles Web of the Spider (1971) - Alan Foster Earth II (1971) - Frank Karger Across 110th Street
Across 110th Street
(1972) - Nick D'Salvio Ghost in the Noonday Sun (1973) - Pierre Rodriguez The Drowning Pool (1975) - Broussard Curse of the Black Widow (1977) - Mark Higbie Firepower (1979) - Dr. Charles Félix The World Is Full of Married Men (1979) - David Cooper The Cricket (1980) - Annibale Meneghetti, detto Ulisse Help Me Dream (1981) - Ray Death Wish II
Death Wish II
(1982) - Herman Baldwin, LA Police Commissioner Kiss My Grits (1982) - Charlie Karkas Tenebrae (1982) - Peter Neal Julie Darling (1983) - Harold Wilding Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife (1987) - Lou Di Luca Zombie Death House (1987) - Vic Moretti La morte è di moda (1989) - Commissioner Rizzo Ghost Writer (1989) - Vincent Carbone Backstreet Dreams (1990) - Angelo Double Threat (1993) - Crocker Scott El caçador furtiu (1995) - Walter City Hall (1996) - Paul Zapatti

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^ The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin ^ Tony Franciosa background ^ Michael A. Lipton: "Back in the Game," People Magazine (March 18, 1996). "By 22, Anthony Franciosa
Anthony Franciosa
(he had taken his mother's maiden name) was studying at the Actors Studio. At 25, he made his Broadway debut in End as a Man" ^ Darrow ^ People Weekly, March 18, 1996, v.45 n.11 p. 73. ^ Source: TV Heaven. ^ The Garner Files, James Garner
James Garner
and Jon Winokur, Simon & Schuster, 2011, ISBN 978-1-4516-4260-5; p. 255

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