Franz, Arthur Sofield, Maj

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Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1034-Navigator
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 9th Air Force
Service Years
1943 - 1945
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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Home Town
Perth Amboy
Last Address
New Zealand

Date of Passing
Jun 17, 2006
 
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Arthur Franz 

Date of Birth
29 February 1920, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

Date of Death
16 June 2006, Oxnard, California, USA (emphysema)

Nickname
Turo

Height
5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Biography

Reliable character actor in many '50s B pictures, often cast as a friendly small-town businessman or professional (as in The Doctor and the Girl (1949)) or the lead's sympathetic friend (as in 1953's Invaders from Mars (1953)). However, in The Sniper (1952), he turned in an outstanding performance as a mentally unstable ex-soldier who, after being rejected by a woman he was interested in, snaps and terrorizes the city of San Francisco by stalking and picking off women.

IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse
Sharon Keyser (14 February 2006 - 16 June 2006) (his death)
Doreen Lang (1957 - 21 April 1999) (her death)
Adele Longmire (1946 - 1957) (divorced) 2 children
Anna Minot (1945 - 1946) (divorced) 1 child

Trivia

During World War II, Franz served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was shot down over Romania and incarcerated in a POW camp, from which he escaped.

Franz's interest in acting developed when he was a high school student.

Lived in New Zealand for many years but wished to return to California during the last stages of his illness.

Had three children: Gina, Melissa and Michael.

Actor:
  1. That Championship Season (1982) .... Macken
  2. Bogie (1980) (TV) .... Dr. Bogart
     
  3. Jennifer: A Woman's Story (1979) (TV) .... Dick Leonard
  4. "Hallmark Hall of Fame" .... Hack Wiles / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1977)
        - The Last Hurrah (1977) TV episode .... Hack Wiles
        - A Story About Henry Ford (1955) TV episode .... Henry Ford
  5. "The Waltons" .... Police Chief Moresdale (1 episode, 1977)
        - The Seashore (1977) TV episode .... Police Chief Moresdale
  6. Sisters of Death (1977) .... Edmond Clybourn
  7. The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV) .... Barnes
  8. "The Quest" .... Charles Minter (1 episode, 1976)
        - Portrait of a Gunfighter (1976) TV episode .... Charles Minter
  9. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (1976) (TV) .... Man at party
  10. "Medical Story" (1 episode, 1976)
        - The Quality of Mercy (1976) TV episode
  11. King Monster (1976) .... Narrator
    ... aka "Mystery of the Golden Eye" - USA (alternative title)
  12. The 'Human' Factor (1975) .... Gen. Fuller
  13. The Missiles of October (1974) (TV) .... Congressman Charles A. Halleck
  14. "The Six Million Dollar Man" .... Dr. Wayne Carlton (1 episode, 1974)
        - Stranger in Broken Folk (1974) TV episode .... Dr. Wayne Carlton
  15. "The Rookies" .... Vic Phillips (1 episode, 1974)
        - The Old Neighborhood (1974) TV episode .... Vic Phillips
  16. Murder or Mercy (1974) (TV) .... Dr. Raymond Eckworth
  17. "Police Story" .... Professor (1 episode, 1974)
        - The Wyatt Earp Syndrome (1974) TV episode .... Professor
  18. "Barnaby Jones" .... Morgan Walding (1 episode, 1974)
        - A Gold Record for Murder (1974) TV episode .... Morgan Walding
  19. So Long, Blue Boy (1973) .... Ed Rilke
  20. "The New Perry Mason" .... Dave Wallant (1 episode, 1973)
        - The Case of the Wistful Widower (1973) TV episode .... Dave Wallant
  21. "Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law" (1 episode, 1973)
        - The Pool House (1973) TV episode
  22. "Mission: Impossible" .... Dr. Adler / ... (2 episodes, 1970-1972)
        - Crack-Up (1972) TV episode .... Dr. Adler
        - The Choice (1970) TV episode .... First Minister Andre Picard
  23. "McCloud" .... Police Detective Charlie Harrington (1 episode, 1972)
        - Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) TV episode .... Police Detective Charlie Harrington
  24. "Cannon" .... Steven Carr (2 episodes, 1972)
        - The Island Caper (1972) TV episode .... Steven Carr
        - To Kill a Guinea Pig (1972) TV episode .... Steven Carr
  25. "The F.B.I." .... Carl / ... (5 episodes, 1967-1971)
        - The Recruiter (1971) TV episode
        - The Architect (1970) TV episode .... Stacy Merriman
        - Scapegoat (1969) TV episode .... Carl
        - Region of Peril (1968) TV episode .... Joseph Daly
        - The Conspirators (1967) TV episode .... John Caldwell
  26. "Mannix" .... Father Vale (1 episode, 1971)
        - To Save a Dead Man (1971) TV episode .... Father Vale
  27. "The Mod Squad" .... Arthur Westphal / ... (4 episodes, 1968-1971)
        - The Sands of Anger (1971) TV episode
        - The Hot, Hot Car (1971) TV episode
        - Lisa (1969) TV episode .... Dr. Sam Berger
        - Love (1968) TV episode .... Arthur Westphal
  28. "Men at Law" .... Henry Millett (1 episode, 1971)
    ... aka "Storefront Lawyers" - USA (original title)
        - Hostage (1971) TV episode .... Henry Millett
  29. "Hawaii Five-O" .... Del Enright (1 episode, 1970)
    ... aka "McGarrett" - USA (rerun title)
        - The One with the Gun (1970) TV episode .... Del Enright
  30. Dream No Evil (1970) .... Psychiatrist
    ... aka "The Faith Healer" - USA (alternative title)
     
  31. "Lancer" .... Sheriff Platt (1 episode, 1969)
        - Devil's Blessing (1969) TV episode .... Sheriff Platt
  32. "Land of the Giants" .... Dr. Franzen (1 episode, 1969)
        - Target: Earth (1969) TV episode .... Dr. Franzen
  33. "The Virginian" .... Fitz Warren / ... (2 episodes, 1963-1968)
    ... aka "The Men from Shiloh" - USA (ninth season title)
        - Big Tiny (1968) TV episode .... Sheriff Mike Miller
        - No Tears for Savannah (1963) TV episode .... Fitz Warren
  34. "The Outcasts" .... Anse Farnum (1 episode, 1968)
        - My Name Is Jemal (1968) TV episode .... Anse Farnum
  35. Anzio (1968) .... Maj. Gen. Luke Howard
    ... aka "Lo sbarco di Anzio" - Italy (original title)
  36. The Sweet Ride (1968) .... Psychiatrist
  37. "The Invaders" .... Capt. Jim Trent (1 episode, 1968)
        - The Life Seekers (1968) TV episode .... Capt. Jim Trent
  38. "Custer" .... Bledsoe / ... (1 episode, 1967)
    ... aka "The Legend of Custer" - USA (theatrical title)
        - Massacre (1967) TV episode .... Grey Fox/Bledsoe
  39. "Tarzan" .... Dan Morrisey (1 episode, 1967)
        - Algie B for Brave (1967) TV episode .... Dan Morrisey
  40. Alvarez Kelly (1966) .... Capt. Towers
  41. "The Nurses" (1965) TV series .... Hugh McLeod (unknown episodes, 1965-1967)
  42. "The Fugitive" .... Bus Driver (1 episode, 1965)
        - Landscape with Running Figures: Part 1 (1965) TV episode .... Bus Driver
  43. "Profiles in Courage" .... James Madison (1 episode, 1965)
        - George Mason (1965) TV episode .... James Madison
  44. "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" .... Archer (1 episode, 1965)
        - The Condemned (1965) TV episode .... Archer
  45. "The Bing Crosby Show" .... Fearnley (1 episode, 1965)
        - The Gifted Child (1965) TV episode .... Fearnley
  46. "Slattery's People" .... Morris (1 episode, 1965)
        - Question: What Did You Do All Day, Mr. Slattery? (1965) TV episode .... Morris
  47. "Mr. Novak" .... Det. Sgt. Sol Moss (2 episodes, 1964)
        - Little Girl Lost (1964) TV episode .... Det. Sgt. Sol Moss
        - With a Hammer in His Hand, Lord, Lord! (1964) TV episode
  48. "Lassie" .... Professor Standish (1 episode, 1964)
    ... aka "Jeff's Collie" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "Timmy and Lassie" - USA (syndication title)
        - Lassie and the Savage (1964) TV episode .... Professor Standish
  49. The Carpetbaggers (1964) .... Morrissey
  50. "Perry Mason" .... Danny Harrison / ... (5 episodes, 1958-1964)
        - The Case of the Fifty-Millionth Frenchman (1964) TV episode .... Ray Ogilvie
        - The Case of the Captain's Coins (1962) TV episode .... Evans
        - The Case of the Larcenous Lady (1960) TV episode .... Mayor James 'Jim' Henderson
        - The Case of the Golden Fraud (1959) TV episode .... Richard Vanaman
        - The Case of the Married Moonlighter (1958) TV episode .... Danny Harrison
  51. "77 Sunset Strip" .... Dr. Alex Conley / ... (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
        - Reunion at Balboa (1963) TV episode .... Lieutenant Rudy
        - The Space Caper (1961) TV episode .... Dr. Alex Conley
  52. "Wagon Train" .... Dan Highet / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
        - The Annie Duggan Story (1963) TV episode .... Dan Highet
        - The Jud Steele Story (1962) TV episode .... Nathan Forge
  53. "Saints and Sinners" .... Everett Harper (1 episode, 1962)
        - Judith Was a Lady (1962) TV episode .... Everett Harper
  54. "Rawhide" .... Charles Fredericks / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
        - Incident at Sugar Creek (1962) TV episode .... Sheriff Art Harris
        - Incident of the Wanted Painter (1960) TV episode .... Charles Fredericks
  55. "Bonanza" .... Asa Moran (1 episode, 1962)
    ... aka "Ponderosa" - USA (rerun title)
    ... aka "Ride the Wind" - USA (recut version)
        - The Lawmaker (1962) TV episode .... Asa Moran
  56. "Tales of Wells Fargo" .... Mel Akins (1 episode, 1962)
        - Portrait of Teresa (1962) TV episode .... Mel Akins
  57. "Death Valley Days" .... Matt Warner / ... (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
    ... aka "Call of the West" - USA (syndication title)
    ... aka "The Pioneers" - USA (syndication title)
    ... aka "Trails West" - USA (syndication title)
    ... aka "Western Star Theater" - USA (syndication title)
        - Justice at Jackson Creek (1962) TV episode .... Payne Piprim
        - The Young Gun (1960) TV episode .... Matt Warner
  58. "Ripcord" .... Dr. Joe Hagen (1 episode, 1962)
        - Hagen Charm (1962) TV episode .... Dr. Joe Hagen
  59. "Ichabod and Me" .... Rick Norton (1 episode, 1961)
        - The Phippsboro Story (1961) TV episode .... Rick Norton
  60. "Hawaiian Eye" .... Harry Lytton / ... (2 episodes, 1961)
        - Satan City (1961) TV episode .... Paul Hoyt
        - The Trouble with Murder (1961) TV episode .... Harry Lytton
  61. "The Deputy" .... Herb Caldwell (1 episode, 1961)
        - Past and Present (1961) TV episode .... Herb Caldwell
  62. "Whispering Smith" .... Paul Landers (1 episode, 1961)
        - Hired to Die (1961) TV episode .... Paul Landers
  63. "Checkmate" .... Robert Haskell (1 episode, 1960)
        - Lady on the Brink (1960) TV episode .... Robert Haskell
  64. "Assignment: Underwater" .... Andy Schramm (1 episode, 1960)
        - The Sea Cave (1960) TV episode .... Andy Schramm
  65. "The Chevy Mystery Show" .... Simon Dow (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka "Sunday Mystery Hour" - USA (rerun title)
        - Fear Is the Parent (1960) TV episode .... Simon Dow
  66. "Gunsmoke" .... Red Larned (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka "Marshal Dillon" - USA (rerun title)
        - Cherry Red (1960) TV episode .... Red Larned
  67. "The Alaskans" .... Dr. Jim Manning (1 episode, 1960)
        - The Silent Land (1960) TV episode .... Dr. Jim Manning
  68. "Bourbon Street Beat" .... Dr. Joshua Hart (1 episode, 1960)
        - Deadly Persuasion (1960) TV episode .... Dr. Joshua Hart
  69. "Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond" .... Kevin Stacy (1 episode, 1960)
    ... aka "Alcoa Presents" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "One Step Beyond" - USA (syndication title)
        - Call from Tomorrow (1960) TV episode .... Kevin Stacy
  70. "Wanted: Dead or Alive" .... John Garth (1 episode, 1960)
        - Most Beautiful Woman (1960) TV episode .... John Garth
     
  71. The Atomic Submarine (1959) .... Lt. Cmdr. Richard 'Reef' Holloway
    ... aka "The Atomic Sub" - USA (alternative title)
  72. "Men Into Space" .... Captain Tom Farrow (1 episode, 1959)
    ... aka "Space Challenge" - USA (syndication title)
        - Moonquake (1959) TV episode .... Captain Tom Farrow
  73. "World of Giants" (1959) TV series .... Bill Winters (unknown episodes)
    ... aka "W.O.G." - USA (short title)
  74. Woman Obsessed (1959) (uncredited) .... Tom Sharron
  75. Monster on the Campus (1958) .... Prof. Donald Blake
  76. "The Millionaire" .... Carl Nelson / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1958)
        - The Frank Harrigan Story (1958) TV episode .... Frank Harrigan
        - The Carl Nelson Story (1955) TV episode .... Carl Nelson
  77. "Target" (1 episode, 1958)
        - Once Too Often (1958) TV episode
  78. The Young Lions (1958) .... Lt. Green
  79. The Flame Barrier (1958) .... Dave Hollister
    ... aka "It Fell from the Flame Barrier" - USA (promotional title)
  80. "Zane Grey Theater" .... Lee Brand (1 episode, 1958)
    ... aka "Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater" - USA (complete title)
    ... aka "The Westerners" - USA (rerun title)
        - Man of Fear (1958) TV episode .... Lee Brand
  81. The Devil's Hairpin (1957) .... Danny Rhinegold
  82. "Climax!" .... Dick Crosby / ... (4 episodes, 1954-1957)
    ... aka "Climax Mystery Theater" - USA (alternative title)
        - The Secret of the Red Room (1957) TV episode
        - Phone Call for Matthew Quade (1956) TV episode .... Walt
        - The Healer (1955) TV episode .... Dr. Joyce
        - The Thirteenth Chair (1954) TV episode .... Dick Crosby
  83. Back from the Dead (1957) .... Dick Anthony
    ... aka "Bury Me Dead" - USA (alternative title)
  84. The Unholy Wife (1957) .... Father Stephen Hochen
    ... aka "The Lady and the Prowler" - USA (alternative title)
  85. "The George Sanders Mystery Theater" (1 episode)
        - The People vs. Anne Tobin (????) TV episode
  86. "Crossroads" .... Father Robert W. Greene / ... (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
        - Deadline (1957) TV episode
        - The Rabbi Davis Story (1956) TV episode .... Rabbi Davis
        - Cavalry in China (1956) TV episode .... Father Robert W. Greene
  87. Hellcats of the Navy (1957) .... Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon (XO, USS Starfish)
  88. "The 20th Century-Fox Hour" .... Ben Macready / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1957)
        - Deadline Decision (1957) TV episode .... Ben Macready
        - The Late George Apley (1955) TV episode .... Howard Boulder
  89. "The Ford Television Theatre" .... David Chandler / ... (4 episodes, 1952-1957)
    ... aka "Ford Theatre" - USA (short title)
        - Mrs. Wane Comes to Call (1957) TV episode .... David Chandler
        - Hanrahan (1955) TV episode .... Joe Newbury
        - The Last Thirty Minutes (1954) TV episode
        - Junior (1952) TV episode
  90. "Studio 57" (1 episode, 1957)
    ... aka "Heinz Studio 57" - USA (alternative title)
        - No Sentiment (1957) TV episode
  91. "Science Fiction Theatre" .... Dr. Jeff Conover / ... (5 episodes, 1955-1956)
        - Facsimile (1956) TV episode .... George Bascomb
        - Brain Unlimited (1956) TV episode .... Dr. Jeff Conover
        - The Man Who Didn't Know (1956) TV episode .... Mark Kendler
        - The Strange People at Pecos (1955) TV episode .... Jeff Jamison
        - Marked 'Danger' (1955) TV episode .... Fred Strand
  92. The Wild Party (1956) .... Lt. Arthur Mitchell
  93. Running Target (1956) .... Scott
  94. "Cavalcade of America" .... Casimir Pulaski / ... (2 episodes, 1952-1956)
    ... aka "DuPont Presents the Cavalcade Theatre" - USA (fourth season title)
    ... aka "DuPont Theater" - USA (fifth season title)
        - Date with a Stranger (1956) TV episode .... Casimir Pulaski
        - No Greater Love (1952) TV episode .... Dr. William Gorgas
  95. "Schlitz Playhouse" .... Chris Grine / ... (7 episodes, 1953-1956)
    ... aka "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Herald Playhouse" - USA (syndication title)
    ... aka "The Playhouse" - USA (syndication title)
        - The House That Jackson Built (1956) TV episode
        - Pattern for Pursuit (1956) TV episode .... Sgt. Douglas Renfrew
        - Too Late to Run (1955) TV episode
        - Spangal Island (1954) TV episode
        - By-Line (1954) TV episode .... Chris Grine
          (2 more)
  96. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) .... Bob Hale
  97. "TV Reader's Digest" .... Alphonse Bertillon / ... (3 episodes, 1955-1956)
        - The Only Way Out (1956) TV episode .... Master Sgt. Horst Bock
        - Emergency Case (1955) TV episode
        - France's Greatest Detective (1955) TV episode .... Alphonse Bertillon
  98. "Celebrity Playhouse" .... Arthur Gordon / ... (2 episodes, 1956)
        - Girl on the Run (1956) TV episode .... Dr. Kirk Mitchell
        - Shadow of a Thief (1956) TV episode .... Arthur Gordon
  99. "Four Star Playhouse" .... David / ... (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
    ... aka "Star Performance" - USA (rerun title)
        - Once to Every Woman (1956) TV episode .... David
        - Looking Glass House (1955) TV episode .... Richard
  100. "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" (1 episode, 1956)
    ... aka "Jane Wyman Presents" - USA (rerun title)
    ... aka "Jane Wyman Theater" - USA (alternative title)
        - Excuse Me for Living (1956) TV episode
  101. Bobby Ware Is Missing (1955) .... George Ware
  102. "Kraft Theatre" (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
    ... aka "Kraft Television Theatre" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Kraft Mystery Theatre" - USA (new title)
        - Spur of the Moment (1955) TV episode
        - The Picture Window (1954) TV episode
  103. "The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse" (1 episode, 1955)
    ... aka "The Philco Television Playhouse" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Arena Theatre" - USA (new title)
    ... aka "Repertory Theatre" - USA (new title)
        - Total Recall (1955) TV episode
  104. "The Whistler" .... Carter / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
        - An Actor's Life (1955) TV episode .... Leo
        - Borrowed Byline (1955) TV episode .... McKelvey
        - A Trip to Aunt Sarah's (1954) TV episode .... Carter
  105. "Fireside Theatre" .... Alan (3 episodes, 1953-1955)
        - The 99th Day (1955) TV episode .... Alan
        - No Captain Material (1955) TV episode
        - Grey Gardens (1953) TV episode
  106. "Justice" (1 episode, 1955)
        - Badge of Dishonor (1955) TV episode
  107. "Appointment with Adventure" (1 episode, 1955)
        - Priceless Cargo (1955) TV episode
  108. New Orleans Uncensored (1955) .... Dan Corbett
    ... aka "Riot on Pier 6" - USA (alternative title)
  109. Battle Taxi (1955) .... Lt. Pete Stacy
    ... aka "Operation Air Rescue" - USA (alternative title)
  110. The Steel Cage (1954) .... Chaplain Harvey, segment "The Face"
  111. The Caine Mutiny (1954) .... Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr.
  112. "Robert Montgomery Presents" .... Son (2 episodes, 1954)
        - For These Services (1954) TV episode .... Son
        - The Steady Man (1954) TV episode
  113. "Armstrong Circle Theatre" (1 episode, 1954)
        - Evening Star (1954) TV episode
  114. "The Web" (1 episode, 1954)
        - A Handful of Stars (1954) TV episode
  115. "Waterfront" .... Pete Wilson (1 episode)
        - Yellow Flag (????) TV episode .... Pete Wilson
  116. "Ponds Theater" (1 episode, 1954)
    ... aka "Kraft Television Theatre" - USA (original title)
        - The Shining Palace (1954) TV episode
  117. The Eddie Cantor Story (1953) .... Harry Harris
  118. Bad for Each Other (1953) .... Dr. Jim Crowley
  119. "Studio One in Hollywood" (2 episodes, 1953)
    ... aka "Studio One" - USA (original title)
    ... aka "Studio One Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
    ... aka "Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
    ... aka "Westinghouse Studio One" - USA (alternative title)
    ... aka "Westinghouse Summer Theatre" - USA (summer title)
        - Dry Run (1953) TV episode
        - Camille (1953) TV episode
  120. Flight Nurse (1953) .... Capt. Mike Barnes
  121. "Danger" (1 episode, 1953)
        - Help Wanted (1953) TV episode
  122. Invaders from Mars (1953) .... Dr. Kelston - astronomer/Narrator
  123. Three Lives (1953) .... Commentator
  124. Eight Iron Men (1952) .... Carter
  125. The Member of the Wedding (1952) .... Jarvis Addams
  126. Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder (1952) .... Phil Young
    ... aka "Castle in the Air" - USA (alternative title)
  127. The Sniper (1952) .... Eddie Miller
  128. Submarine Command (1951) .... Lt. Arnie Carlson
    ... aka "The Submarine Story" - USA (alternative title)
  129. Flight to Mars (1951) .... Dr. Jim Barker
  130. Other Comments:
    From SFGate:

    Arthur Franz, a character actor whose credits from a career in films and television include the 1957 movie "Hellcats of the Navy," which featured Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Davis, has died. He was 86.

    Mr. Franz died Saturday at St. John's Hospital in Oxnard (Ventura County) of heart failure and emphysema, said friends and family members. Mr. Franz, who lived in New Zealand until recently, had been in failing health and wanted to spend his remaining days in California.

    A reliable actor in roles where a friendly and sympathetic character was called for, Mr. Franz achieved something in the prime of his career that every actor wants: steady work.

    He was in the 1949 John Wayne war film "Sands of Iwo Jima," supplied the narration to 1954's "The Caine Mutiny" and played a naval officer in 1951's "Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man." One of his better known "B" films from the 1950s was "Invaders From Mars," which included special effects from Ray Harryhausen.

    Mr. Franz's one starring role was in the 1952 film "The Sniper," where he played against type as an ex-soldier who snaps after being rejected in romance and goes on a killing spree in San Francisco. Directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Stanley Kramer, the film earned Mr. Franz the best reviews of his career.

    During the 1950s, Mr. Franz often was cast in television anthology theater series such as "Studio One," "The Ford Television Theater" and "Zane Grey Theater." For nearly 30 years, he was one of the more recognizable faces to show up in guest roles on such popular TV series as "Perry Mason," "The FBI," "The Mod Squad," "The Virginian" and "Rawhide."

    His last film credit came in a production of "That Championship Season" in 1982.

    Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., Mr. Franz became interested in acting in high school. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a navigator. According to his daughter Gina, he and his crew were shot down over Romania and spent a short time in a prisoner-of-war camp before escaping.

    After the war, he earned his first screen credit in the 1948 film "Jungle Patrol." After his starring turn in "The Sniper," he was featured on the Ralph Edward's television program "This Is Your Life."

    Two of Mr. Franz's four marriages ended in divorce. His third wife, actress Doreen Lang, died in 1999.

    Survivors include his fourth wife, Sharon, and daughters Gina Martenson and Melissa Franz, both of Taos, N.M.; and a son, Michael, who lives in the Lake Tahoe area.


   
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