Anthony Franciosa


Anthony Franciosa Trivia


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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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