Francis M. Gerstle (September 27, 1915 – February 23, 1970) was an American actor, well known for his performances in a series of science-fiction films. Gerstle was born in New York City. He appeared in 60 films between 1950 and 1970, 110 television series and programs between 1951 and 1970. His notable appearances included Outside the Wall. In television, he appeared in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in the episode Surprise Birthday Party, he portrayed Dick Gird in 6 episodes of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. He portrayed a highway patrolman on Highway Patrol, in an episode known as Father Thief. His final appearance was in the episode San Francisco International in San Francisco International Airport which aired on September 29, 1970.