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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 17, 2006|
|Born:||February 29, 1920||Cause of Death:||heart failure and emphysema|
|Birth Place:||Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
Best known as a 1950's B-movie actor, Arthur Franz first showed an interest in acting while in high school. Like many in the movie making industry, Franz served in the military during World War II. He was a B-24 Liberator navigator in the United States Army Air Force. Shot down over Romania, he was thrown into an enemy POW camp, from which he managed to escape. Upon returning to the states he pursued an acting career with relish, and broke into film in 1948 as Lieutenant 'Mace' Willard in "Jungle Patrol." The following year, Franz appeared in six films, most of them B-movies. By the '50s he had built a reputation as a solid actor for genre films, and was cast steadily. In 1952, his title character in "The Sniper" terrorized the city of San Francisco, brutally shooting down women after being rebuffed by the object of his affection. In a career that spanned three decades, Franz landed numerous notable roles, yet his most acclaimed is undoubtedly Lt. JG H. Paynter Jr. in the maritime drama "The Caine Mutiny." After making over 140 appearances in television and film, Franz retired in 1982. He died 24 years later at the age of 86.
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Arthur Franz (b. February 29, 1920 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey - d. June 17, 2006) was a B-movie actor who appeared in a number of films in the 1950s including Invaders from Mars (1953), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) and The Unholy Wife (1957) playing a priest. In 1952's The Sniper, Franz played a rare movie lead in the films title role as a tormented killer. In addition to films, Franz was a familiar face on American television, appearing on dozen of television programs including Perry Mason, The FBI, The Mod Squad, The Virginian and Rawhide. Franz's last film role was in That Championship Season (1982). Franz's interest in acting developed when he was a high school student. During World War II, Franz served as a navigator in the United States Army Air Forces. He was shot down over Romania and incarcerated in a POW camp, from which he escaped. Franz died June 17, 2006 in Oxnard, California at the age of 86 from emphysema and heart disease.
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