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Francis Sayles

Francis Sayles
Screen capture of Sayles in the 1935 film, Midnight Phantom, flanked by Reginald Denny to the left and John Elliott to the right.
Born (1891-11-22)November 22, 1891
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Died March 19, 1944(1944-03-19) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1932–44

Francis Sayles (November 22, 1891 – March 19, 1944) was an American character actor at the beginning of the sound film era. In the short dozen years of his career he appeared in over 100 films, most of them features. While he was normally cast in small uncredited parts, he was occasionally cast in featured roles, as in the role of Dickman in the 1934 film, One in a Million, starring Dorothy Wilson and Charles Starrett.[1]

Contents

  • Life and career 1
  • Filmography 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Sayles was born on November 22, 1891 in Lionel Stander;[5] the featured role of Charlie in Archie Mayo's 1937 drama Black Legion, starring Humphrey Bogart;[6] as Detective William Jones in the 1938 western The Purple Vigilantes, starring Robert Livingston, Ray Corrigan, and Max Terhune;[7] an uncredited role in Michael Curtiz' 1939 western, Dodge City, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland;[8] as a politician in Orson Welles' 1941 classic, Citizen Kane;[9] as a taxi driver in the 1943 Howard Hawks' romantic comedy, Ball of Fire (1942), starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck;[10] again as a cab driver in the 1943 biopic, The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright;[11] and the 1944 biography The Adventures of Mark Twain, starring Fredric March and Alexis Smith.[12] Sayles had a small role of an elevator operator in the 1944 film, Casanova Brown, again starring Cooper and Wright. It was his final film, he died on March 19, 1944, while the film was still in production. It was released later that year in August.[13]

Filmography

(Per AFI database)[14]

References

  1. ^ "One in a Million: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Strangers of the Evening: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blonde Venus: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Gay Deception: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "More Than a Secretary: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Black Legion: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The Purple Vigilantes: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dodge City: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Citizen Kane: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ball of Fire: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Pride of the Yankees: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Adventures of Mark Twain: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Casanova Brown: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Francis Sayles". American Film Institute. Retrieved July 23, 2015. 

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