Actor Anthony Franciosa has died of a stroke at age 78, just days after the death of his ex-wife Shelley Winters. Franciosa, the embodiment of the intense fifties-era Method actor, played Orson Welles' son in THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958). Reportedly, the two did not get along. But then Franciosa often butted heads with his colleagues, and this confrontational attitude may have hampered his career.
This is one of the strangest instances of miscasting father and son roles in cinema history: it is impossible to accept the slim, handsome and athletic Italian-American Franciosa as the son of the enormous, slovenly, grotesque and boisterous Welles, then tipping the scales at 375 pounds.
Only the casting of Peter Lorre as Jack Nicholson's father in THE RAVEN (1963) is more preposterous.