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|Born||Franklin Latimore Kline
September 28, 1925
Darien, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||November 29, 1998
Denville Hall, London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Rukmini Sukarno (1960s-98)|
Franklin Latimore (September 28, 1925 - November 29, 1998) was an American actor best known for his character ‘Dr. Ed Coleridge’ on the television soap opera Ryan's Hope.
Latimore's came from a well-to-do family, and was able to trace his lineage back to the Revolutionary War. He ran away from home at an early age, and shortly thereafter got the lead part in a Broadway play. His acting career had begun in the 1930s, when he and longtime pal Lloyd Bridges began doing summer stock theater at a playhouse in Weston, Vermont.
Latimore then soon went out to Hollywood, where he signed a contract with 20th Century-Fox, and proceeded to appear in such hits as In the Meantime, Darling, The Dolly Sisters, Three Little Girls in Blue, and Shock.
After his years at Fox, he made many films in Europe, most of which were swashbucklers such as "Balboa, Conquistador of the Pacific", "The Golden Falcon", "The Devil's Cavaliers" and many others, including two Zorro films and some westerns. These were starring roles, much bigger than his Hollywood roels, to the effect that he became the darling of the swashbucklers during the late 50's and early 60's He also had a key role in the French film "Purple Noon", as well as in the Italian melodrama "A Woman Has Killed" (1952).
Latimore also played in two soap operas, Ryan's Hope and Guiding Light. As well, he did some work for PBS, most notably appearing in a film about the Civil War.
On November 29, 1998, he died in his sleep, at the age of 72. His remains were cremated and buried beneath a venerable old apple tree on ancestral property in Vermont.
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