Ivor Francis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ivor Francis
Born (1918-10-26)October 26, 1918
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died October 22, 1986(1986-10-22) (aged 67)
Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor/Acting coach
Years active 1950's - 1986, his death
Spouse(s) Rosemary Daley (? - 1986) (his death)
Children 3 children
Relatives Actress Genie Francis (daughter)

Ivor Francis (October 26, 1918 – October 22, 1986) was a Canadian-American actor and acting teacher. He is also the father of television soap opera actress Genie Francis.

Life and career[edit]

Francis was born in Toronto and began his acting career on the radio in Canada. He served in the Royal Air Force in the Second World War and then moved to the United States, where he played the son, Joe, in the radio program Ma Perkins.

Francis made several appearances on Broadway, in such plays as The Devil's Advocate, Gideon and J.B.. He also performed frequently in television, including an appearance on The Odd Couple, as Mr. Bengstrom, in the episode "A Grave for Felix" and as Father Flint in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He also appeared in Hawaii Five-O, Dark Shadows, Bright Promise, Room 222, Dusty's Trail, an episode of the 1976 NBC situation comedy The Practice, Little House on the Prairie and General Hospital, which starred his daughter, Genie Francis.

His film debut came in 1964 in The Devil Walks. Francis also appeared in such films as I Love My Wife, The World's Greatest Athlete, Superdad, Pieces of Dreams, The Steagle, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Busting, Alien Zone (previously called House of the Dead) and The North Avenue Irregulars.

He died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California.[1]