Wednesday, June 21, 2006

'Hellcats" actor Franz dead at 86

Veteran character actor, Arthur Franz, whose long list of movie credits includes a film with a Lamar connection, died Saturday at age 86.
The most well known film Franz appeared in was the John Wayne war classic, "Sands of Iwo Jima," but he also had a featured part in the 1957 movie, "Hellcats of the Navy," based on the memoirs of Admiral Charles Lockwood, a Lamar native.
That movie is better known for being the only one to costar Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy Davis.


Anonymous said...

Gee, what was the Lamar connection?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I get it--the Admiral was from there and that's the only connection.

Must be all that Navy food I consumed while watching Duke Wayne get killed in "The Sands of Iwo Jima."

Ron and Nancy also starred in "The Presidency of the United States," a TV series (more or less) that ran from 1980-88.

Randy said...

I will admit, there wasn't much of a connection, but how often does Admiral Lockwood get any recognition?