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From the film trailer for The Unholy Wife (1957)
February 29, 1920|
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||June 17, 2006
Henderson, Nevada, U.S.
Cause of death
Anna Minot (m. 1945; div. 1946)
Adele Longmire (m. 1946; div. 1957)
Arthur Sofield Franz (February 29, 1920 - June 17, 2006) was an American B-movie and television actor, whose most notable feature film role was as Lieutenant, Junior Grade, H. Paynter Jr. in The Caine Mutiny (1954). He also appeared in Roseanna McCoy (1949), Eight Iron Men (1952), Invaders From Mars (1953), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), and The Unholy Wife (1957), among many others. In The Sniper (1952), he played a rare lead in the film’s title role as a tormented killer; earlier, he co-starred with John Wayne in the WWII film Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and with Ronald Reagan in Hellcats of the Navy (1957).
Franz was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. His interest in acting developed while he was still a student in high school.
Franz was also a familiar face on American television series; he made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, twice playing the defendant and one time the murderer. In 1958 he played the title role of Danny Harrison in “The Case of the Married Moonlighter,” and in 1959 he played Richard Vanaman in “The Case of the Golden Fraud.” In 1962 he played murderer Mr. Evans in “The Case of the Captain's Coin.” He appeared on dozens of other series, including Schlitz Playhouse, Crossroads, The Alaskans, Mr. Novak, The F.B.I., The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, Custer, Mannix, Storefront Lawyers, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Virginian, Gunsmoke and Rawhide.
Franz played the role of U. S. president James Madison in the 1965 episode “George Mason” of the NBC documentary series Profiles in Courage. William Bakewell played George Wythe, and Laurence Naismith played the title role of George Mason.
Franz’s last role was in 1982 film That Championship Season.