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October 14, 2023

30 Portrait Photos of Anthony Franciosa in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1928 in New York City, American actor Anthony Franciosa began his career on stage and made a breakthrough portraying the brother of the drug addict in the play A Hatful of Rain, which earned him a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He reprised his role in its subsequent film adaptation, for which he won the 1957 Venice Film Festival Award for Best Actor, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

After relocating to Hollywood he made numerous feature films, including A Face in the Crowd (1957), The Long, Hot Summer (1958), and Career (1959), for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor. In television, Franciosa 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 (1984). Later in his career, he acted primarily in Europe, starring in the erotic drama The Cricket (1980) and Dario Argento’s giallo Tenebrae (1982).

Franciosa died in 2006, at age 77 at nearby UCLA Medical Center after suffering a massive stroke. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Anthony Franciosa in the 1950s and 1960s.


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