Francis De Sales (actor)

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Francis De Sales (actor)
Born Francis A. De Sales
(1912-03-23)March 23, 1912
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died September 25, 1988(1988-09-25) (aged 76)
Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950-1978

Francis A. De Sales (March 23, 1912—September 25, 1988)[1] was an American actor. He was known for his roles on two early television series: as police Lieutenant Bill Weigand on the CBS and then NBC drama Mr. and Mrs. North (1952–1954) and as Sheriff Maddox in the syndicated western Two Faces West (1960–1961). In the meantime, he guest starred on scores of other television programs, often in law-enforcement roles. He appeared four times as Ralph Dobson on ABC's long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and in five episodes in different roles on CBS's Perry Mason.[2]

Early years[edit]

De Sales was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and procured his Social Security number in New York State, when he was performing on Broadway as part of the Dead End Kids. His first screen role was as Harold Faller of the Huntington Advertiser newspaper of Huntington, West Virginia, telecast on NBC's The Big Story, a monthly anthology series about courageous journalists. After The Big Story, De Sales was cast as the police contact in Mr. and Mrs, North, starring Richard Denning as Jerry North, a publisher, and Barbara Britton as his wife, Pamela North. The couple seemed to stumble on an unsolved murder each week. The program had originated on radio, based on stories of Richard and Frances Lockridge.[3] Among the twenty-five episodes in which De Sales played a major role are entitled "Climax", "Mask of Hate", "The Girl in Cell 13", "The Placid Affair", and "Busy Signal".[2]

On Two Faces West, De Sales starred as Sheriff Maddox with Charles Bateman, who played dual roles, as Marshal Ben January and twin brother, physician Rick January. The series was set about Gunnison, Colorado. Joyce Meadows also co-starred in the role of Stacy. Among the twenty-three episodes in with De Sales appeared are: "The Assassin", "The Dead Ringer", "The Decision", "The Crisis", and "The Accused".[4]

In the 1955-1956 television season, De Sales appeared as naval officers in CBS's Navy Log in episodes entitled "Operation Three-In-One" and "Get Back Somehow". His film roles, mostly uncredited, included Darby's Rangers (1958), Sunrise at Campobello (1960), and The Flight That Disappeared and When the Clock Strikes (both 1961).[2]

Western roles[edit]

Drama roles[edit]

Comedy roles[edit]

Last years[edit]

Among De Sales's last roles were as ministers on CBS's Barnaby Jones ("The Deady Conspiracy, Part II", 1975) and on ABC's Dynasty (1976).

De Sales died at the age of seventy-six in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Francis De Sales at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 557
  4. ^ Two Faces West at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ ""The Boy from Pittsburgh", Riverboat, November 29, 1959". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 22, 2013.