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