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Francis Matthews


Born - 2 September 1927, York, England
Died - 14 June 2014

British actor with dark wavy hair, high forehead and narrow-faced handsomeness, a light leading man of the 1950s who became popular a decade later as sleuth Paul Temple on TV. A high-profile film debut came in Bhowani Junction (1956), and other leading roles followed: Small Hotel (1957), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), Corridors of Blood (1958), Sentenced for Life (1960), The Hellfire Club (1961), The Secret of Monte Cristo (1961), The Lamp in Assassin Mews (1962), Bitter Harvest (1963), Murder Ahoy (1964), The Beauty Jungle (1964), Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1965), Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1965) and Just Like a Woman (1966), before he moved into TV. Later film titles were more scattered, but included Taste of Excitement (1970), Do Not Disturb (1999) and Run for Your Wife (2012), his last. He married actress Angela Browne, but she died at 63 in 2001.