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Alec B. Francis

Alec B. Francis
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Francis in 1916
Alec Francis Budd

(1867-12-02)2 December 1867
Suffolk, England
Died6 July 1934(1934-07-06) (aged 66)
Hollywood, California, United States
Years active1911–1934
Known forActor
SpouseLucy Smith Bower (1923–1934; his death)

Alec B. Francis (born Alec Francis Budd, 2 December 1867 – 6 July 1934) was an English actor, largely of the silent era.[1] He appeared in more than 240 films between 1911 and 1934.


Francis was born in Suffolk, England.[2] He studied law at Uppingham College in England and practiced with a legal firm in London.[3]

Disliking legal work, Francis joined a stock theater company for which he played bit parts, and was baggage master and property man. He eventually came under contract with a touring company headed by Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kendall, acting in leading roles in England, India, South Africa, and the United States.[3] He also performed in vaudeville.[4]

Francis served twice in the military, once for Britain and once for the United States. He was in India for a four-year tour of duty with the British Royal Horse Artillery, and He was a nurse with American forces during the Spanish-American War.[3]

Although Francis tried farming after his service as a nurse, he returned to acting and appeared in some plays, including musical productions in which he sang as a baritone. He began acting in films in 1913 and worked for Vitagraph, World, and other film studios.[3]

Francis died in Hollywood Hospital in Hollywood, California, on 6 July 1934,[3] three days after emergency abdominal surgery.[5] His funeral was held at St. Athanasius Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, and his remains cremated.[6]

Theodora Fitzgerald and her father Captain Fitzgerald (played by Gloria Swanson and Alec B. Francis) talk to Lord Hector Bracondale (Rudolf Valentino) in a scene still for the 1922 silent drama Beyond the Rocks.
Theodora Fitzgerald and her father Captain Fitzgerald (played by Gloria Swanson and Alec B. Francis) talk to Lord Hector Bracondale (Rudolf Valentino) in a scene still for the 1922 silent drama Beyond the Rocks.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Katchmer, George A. (20 May 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 9781476609058.
  2. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (May 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7864-0983-9. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Alec B. Francis, film actor, dead". The New York Times. Associated Press. 7 July 1934. p. 13. Retrieved 26 December 2020 – via ProQuest.
  4. ^ "Alec B. Francis". The Moving Picture World: 57. 3 January 1914. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Alec B. Francis, Film Actor, Dies". Brooklyn Times Union. 6 July 1934. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Funeral Rites for Film Pair Set For Today". Los Angeles Times. 9 July 1934. p. 21.
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