Anthony Franciosa

Anthony Franciosa


10/25/1928, New York, NY



Birth Name

Anthony Papaleo



Also Known As

Tony Franciosa
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Anthony Franciosa was born Anthony Papaleo on October 25, 1928 in New York City, New York. Franciosa's parents were divorced when he was one year old, and he never knew his father. He played a number of smaller roles before playing Polo Pope in an Actor's Studio production…more


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    • His second ex-wife, Judy Balaban, is author of the book, "The Bridesmaids", about her friend, Grace Kelly. She served as a bridesmaid in the princess's wedding. Judy and Tony had a daughter together.

    • He was fired from "The Name of the Game" (1968) during the show's second or third season and, instead of being replaced by one actor, he was replaced by a series of actors filling in on his rotation including Robert Culp, Peter Falk, Darren McGavin and Robert Wagner.

    • Mentioned in Tom Waits's song Goin' Out West.

    • Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for A Hatful of Rain, a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version with the same name, A Hatful of Rain (1957).

    • Studied at the Actors Studio and the New School for Social Research.

    • First wife Beatrice Bakalyar was a writer.

    • He was infamous on and off the set for his hot-headed temper. He was once jailed for ten days in Los Angeles for kicking a news photographer in the 1950s.

    • Earned an acting scholarship and became an alumnus of Lee Strasberg's famed Actor's Studio, where he met future wife Shelley Winters.

    • His death came only five days after that of his ex-wife Shelley Winters (19 January 2006).

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