John Francis Lane
John Francis Lane (1 December 1928 – 15 January 2018) was an English journalist, critic and actor. He was known for being a small-part actor in many Italian films, and contributed to The Guardian as an obituarist for figures in Italian culture.
John Francis Lane
|Died||January 15, 2018 89) (aged|
|Education||Royal Grammar School Worcester|
|Alma mater||Sorbonne, Paris|
University of Florence
Il Quotidiano (Cosenza)
—John Francis Lane
Lane was born in Tankerton, a suburb of Whitstable in Kent, to a middle-class family in 1928. He became a boarder at the Royal Grammar School in Worcester, and towards the end of the Second World War attended Dulwich College in London. He then had a spell as a stage manager in London's West End.
Lane first visited Italy in 1949, following a German boyfriend from Paris, where he was then studying at the Sorbonne. After learning Italian at the University of Florence, he had settled in Rome by 1951, finding Italy more tolerant of his homosexuality than the Britain of the time. Learning Italian in Florence, he became entranced by the country after seeing Franco Zeffirelli's production of Troilus and Cressida. Zeffirelli later became one of his boyfriends.
He was made a Cavaliere in the 1975 Italian Order of Merit.
Lane died in January 2018 in Cosenza in southern Italy. Knowledge he had died was delayed and only emerged following the end of Zeffirelli's life.
|1960||La Dolce Vita||Reporter||Uncredited|
|Run with the Devil||Joe Freeman||As Francis Lane|
|The Passionate Thief|
|1961||The Wastrel||Invitato festa|
|1962||The Witch's Curse||Coachman||As Francis Lane|
|The Two Colonels|
|1966||El Greco||De Agueda|
|1967||The Rover||Captain of the Port|
|1968||A Quiet Place in the Country||Asylum Attendant||Uncredited|
As J. Francis Lane
|1972||The Canterbury Tales||The Friar|
|1973||Lucky Luciano||Journalist||As John F. Lane|
|1974||Moses the Lawgiver||Egyptian Consul|
|1979||Dear Father||Direttore giornale||Uncredited|
|Caligula||Maitre d' at Proculus' Wedding||Uncredited|
|1983||Another Time, Another Place||Farmer|
|1987||Good Morning Babylon|
|1990||Saturday, Sunday and Monday|
- To Each His Own Dolce Vita. Bear Claw Books. 2013. ISBN 9780957246249.
- Mayes, Ian (24 June 2019). "John Francis Lane obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- "John Francis Lane". BFI. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
- "John Francis Lane". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
- "John Francis Lane obituary". The Times. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Codelli, Lorenzo (18 June 2019). "Letter: John Francis Lane was the ultimate film industry insider". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 30 July 2019.