Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gone Too Soon: Robert Francis

Robert Francis' career was on the rise when he was killed at the very young age of 25. Robert Charles Francis was born on February 26th 1930 in Glendale, California. 25 years later on July 31st 1955 in Los Angeles, California, Robert's life would end.

The year of 1955 was a year of both happiness and sadness for Robert Francis. His career was beginning to rise and he was getting some really good roles opposite acting giants such as Humphrey Bogart, Tyrone Power, and Maureen O' Hara. He also had the chance to star in two films titled "They Rode West"(1954) and "The Bamboo Prison"(1954).

During the afternoon of July 31st of 1955, Robert Francis was found dead in a private plane, that he was piloting. Two other passengers were also on the plane and they too died on the plane. What went wrong was, the power went out in midair, and without much time on Robert's hands, he veered the plane away from a church that had people coming out, instead the plane crashed in a vacant parking lot. He risked his own life by veering away from the church that had people in it. If he hadn't veered away, he could have easily killed the people in the church.

If Robert had lived, his career could have gotten bigger and better but sadly his life was cut short and we were unable to see the true talents of Robert Francis. Unlike many actors during the 1950's, Robert's approach to his characters were often of the quiet and reserved type, unlike James Dean and Marlon Brando, who would play quiet characters, they were often very rebellious in their approach.

Robert made just four films during his career in Hollywood, and they were->
"They Rode West"(1954)
"The Caine Mutiny"(1954)
"The Bamboo Prison"(1954)
"The Long Gray Line"(1955)

Rest in Peace Robert Francis

February 26th 1930 - July 31st 1955


Kate Gabrielle said...

That's so sad! I think the only one I've seen is The Caine Mutiny-- I'm going to have to re-watch it & look out for his performance this time.

Princess Fire and Music said...

I haven't seen any of his films, but what a tragic end.

Mercurie said...

I remember him well from The Caine Mutiny. He did have a lot of talent.

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Yeah! The matter is so sad. I have seen few movies of him. He was a very great actor. I am a fan of his.
The god of Heaven help him.
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Nasim said...

Yes, It is really very sad. I have enjoyed an old movie of Robert Francis. He was an awesome . I am a very big fan of him. God help him.
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Raynard said...

Just finished watching "The Caine Mutiny" and was so impressed by the film had to research it a bit.
Wondered why I hadn't heard of Robert in any other films and wow what a sad end for a potential screen giant. Somewhat fitting that he was truley a real life hero tho. RIP Robert

Anonymous said...

he was so handsome, what a pity

Yvon, from Toronto said...

I have a beautiful picture of Bob Francis that belonged to my sister.
I haven't seen this photo in any of his internet messages.

Yvon, from Toronto.

Anonymous said...

Just saw the Caine mutiny again...now watching the long grey line.....I often wondered why he was not in more movies....now I have the sad albeit heroic answer to my query.....

Anonymous said...

Sadly him and James Dean died tragically only two months apart.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering who else dies in the plane crash? It's reported he was flying with two friends, but I can't find their names anywhere. Does anyone know who was flying with Robert Francis that fateful afternoon?

Anonymous said...

I had such a crush on him back in the 50s with photos pulled from my Photoplays and Modern Screen tacked to my bedroom walls. Also of John Saxon. Talented young guys.

Anonymous said...

He was my first crush as a young girl. I loved him. I remember hearing a radio report of his death and being devastated. Rest in peace, Robert. Your work will not be forgotten.