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British by birth, Derek Francis was an accomplished actor who appeared in a variety of Hollywood films. Francis began his acting career appearing in various films, such as the Stephen Boyd drama "Lisa" (1962), the crime flick "The Criminal" (1962) with Stanley Baker and the Vincent Price adaptation "The Tomb of Ligeia" (1965). He also appeared in the Frankie Howerd comedy "Carry on Doctor" (1968) and the comedy "Carry on Loving" (1970) with Sidney James. His film career continued throughout the seventies in productions like the comedy "Say Hello to Yesterday" (1970) with Jean Simmons, "Scrooge" (1970) with Albert Finney and the comedy "The Statue" (1970) with David Niven. He also appeared in "To the Devil, a Daughter" (1976). He also appeared in the TV special "Murder Motel" (ABC, 1974-75). Toward the end of his career, he continued to act in "Jabberwocky" (1977) with Michael Palin, "Electric Eskimo" (1979) and "The Wicked Lady" (1983). He held additional roles in television including a part on "Great Expectations" (1981). He also was featured in the TV movie "Pope John Paul II" (CBS, 1983-84). Francis last appeared in "A Christmas Carol" (CBS, 1984). Francis passed away in March 1984 at the age of 61.
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