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Eugene Francis

  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
  • Birthday: August 28
Date of passing: 
April 10, 2018

Obituary

Obituary: 

Eugene Francis was an American actor and writer.

As an actor, he was best known for his appearances as "Algy" in four films centered around a group of hooligans known as the “East Side Kids”: Boys of the City (1940), That Gang of Mine (1940), Pride of the Bowery (1940) and Flying Wild (1941).

Francis also wrote for several TV series such as The Loretta Young Show (1953), Matinee Theatre (1955), The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957), and the animated show Calliope in the 1980s.

Eugene Francis was an American actor and writer.

As an actor, he was best known for his appearances as "Algy" in four films centered around a group of hooligans known as the “East Side Kids”: Boys of the City (1940), That Gang of Mine (1940), Pride of the Bowery (1940) and Flying Wild (1941).

Francis also wrote for several TV series such as The Loretta Young Show (1953), Matinee Theatre (1955), The George Sanders Mystery Theater (1957), and the animated show Calliope in the 1980s.

In 1985, Francis was elected as a founding board member of the Screen Actors Guild Foundation (now SAG-AFTRA Foundation), and he served for 33 years as a board member, including a stint as treasurer, until his death.

Francis’ passion for children’s literacy, growth in performers’ programming and scholarships, and establishment of the Foundation’s Robin Williams Center in 2016 in the heart of the theater district in New York, contributed to the evolution of SAG-AFTRA.

Francis died April 10, 2018, in Westwood, New Jersey. He was 100.

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