Ivor Francis from film screenshot in 1970's
|Born:||October 26, 1918|
|Birthplace:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Died||October 26, 1918|
|Deathplace:||Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Years active:||1950's - 1986, his death|
|Spouse(s):||Rosemary Daley (? - 1986) (his deat, 3 children)|
|Related to:||Actress Genie Francis (daughter)|
|Appeared on:||The Jeffersons|
|Episodes appeared in:||"The Piano Man" (Season 1) |
"Dog Gone" (Season 8)
|Character played:||Mr. Curtis / H.L. Whittendale|
Ivor Francis (born October 26, 1918 – October 22, 1986) was a veteran Canadian-American character actor and acting teacher. He is also the father of television soap opera actress Genie Francis. Ivor made two appearances on The Jeffersons, first as Mr. Curtis, Mr. Whittendale's personal assistant in the Season 1 episode "The Piano Man", than as Mr. Whittendale himself in Season 8's "Dog Gone".
Life and careerEdit
Francis was born in Toronto and began his acting career on the radio in Canada. He served in the Canadian Royal Air Force in World War II and then moved to the United States, where he played the son, Joe, in the radio program Ma Perkins.
Francis made several appearances on Broadway, in such plays as The Devil's Advocate, Gideon and J.B.. He also performed frequently in television, including an appearance on The Odd Couple, as Mr. Bengstrom, in the episode "A Grave for Felix" and as Father Flint in an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He also appeared in Hawaii Five-O, Dark Shadows, Bright Promise, Room 222, Dusty's Trail and General Hospital, which starred his daughter, Genie Francis.
His film debut came in 1964 in The Devil Walks. Francis also appeared in such films as I Love My Wife, The World's Greatest Athlete, Pieces of Dreams, The Steagle, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Busting, Alien Zone (previously called House of the Dead) and The North Avenue Irregulars.
He died in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles after suffering a series of strokes.