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Arthur Franz (February 29, 1920 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey—June 17, 2006) was a B-movie actor whose most notable role was as Lieutenant, Junior Grade, H. Paynter Jr. in The Caine Mutiny. He also appeared in Roseanna McCoy (1949), Eight Iron Men (1952), Invaders From Mars (1953), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), and The Unholy Wife (1957), among others. In The Sniper (1952), he played a rare movie lead in the film’s title role as a tormented killer. And with John Wayne In the Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Franz’s interest in acting developed when he was a high school student.
Franz was also a familiar face on American television. He made five guest appearances on Perry Mason, twice playing the defendant and one time the murderer. In 1958 he played the title role of Danny Harrison in “The Case of the Married Moonlighter,” and in 1959 he played Richard Vanaman in “The Case of the Golden Fraud.” In 1962 he played murderer Mr. Evans in “The Case of the Captain's Coin.” He appeared on dozens of other television series, including Schlitz Playhouse, Crossroads, The Alaskans, Mr. Novak, The F.B.I., The Mod Squad, Hawaii Five-O, Custer, Mannix, Storefront Lawyers, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Virginian, and Rawhide.
In 1965 Franz played the role of later U.S. president James Madison in the episode “George Mason” of the NBC documentary series Profiles in Courage. William Bakewell played George Wythe, and Laurence Naismith played the title role of George Mason.
Franz’s last film role was in 1982 in That Championship Season.