Method actor Anthony Franciosa

first_imgAnthony Franciosa, whose strong portrayals of moody, troubled characters made him a Hollywood star in the 1950s and ’60s but whose combative behavior on movie sets hampered his career, has died, his publicist said Friday. He was 77. Franciosa died Thursday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a massive stroke, publicist Dick Guttman said. The actor’s wife, Rita, and children were present. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime friend, visited the family later, Guttman said. Franciosa was part of a new wave in the mid-20th century who revolutionized film acting with their introspective, intensely realistic approach to their roles. Most of them were schooled in the method acting of New York’s Actors Studio. They included Marlon Brando, James Dean, Rod Steiger, Shelley Winters and Paul Newman. Franciosa was once married to Winters, who died last weekend. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card From his first important film role as the brother of a drug addict in “A Hatful of Rain,” Franciosa became known for his portrayals of complicated young men. He received a 1956 Tony nomination for his performance in the role he created on Broadway, then an Oscar nod. In 1957, the actor appeared in three other films, “This Could Be the Night,” “A Face in the Crowd” and “Wild Is the Wind.” Franciosa’s career continued in high gear with such films as “The Long Hot Summer,” “The Naked Maja” (as Goya), “The Story on Page One,” “Period of Adjustment,” “Rio Conchos” and “The Pleasure Seekers.” The actor’s behavior on movie productions became the subject of Hollywood gossip. The stories alleged fiery disputes with directors, sulking in his dressing room and outbursts with other actors. “I went out to Hollywood in the mid-1950s,” he remarked in a 1996 interview, “and I would say I went there a little too early. It was an incredible amount of attention, and I wasn’t quite mature enough psychologically and emotionally for it.” Besides Winters, Franciosa was married to writer Beatrice Bakalyar and real estate agent Judy Kanter, with whom he had a daughter, Nina. His last marriage was to Rita Thiel, a German fashion model. They were parents of sons Christopher and Marco., 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more