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Born: August 19, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, director

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This tall leading man with a Cheshire cat grin and an engagingly relaxed quality is best known as Commander Riker, Captain Picard's 'Number One' man, on the syndicated sci-fi smash, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-94). A Pennsylvania native, Frakes began his career on stage at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He landed in NYC where he continued to hone his craft in such theatrical productions as the musical "Shenandoah". Frakes began landing roles on TV in the late 1970s and has since found plenty of work in miniseries. His stalwart, manly charm has adorned the Southern-fried soaps "Beulah Land" (NBC, 1980), "North and South" (ABC, 1985), the simultaneously shot "North and South, Book II" (ABC, 1986) and the eternal return, "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III" (ABC, 1994). Frakes also starred opposite his future wife Genie Francis in the TV-movie "Bare Essence" (NBC, 1982), which showed how much the perfume industry really stunk. The actor has also racked up credits in several other longforms.

This tall leading man with a Cheshire cat grin and an engagingly relaxed quality is best known as Commander Riker, Captain Picard's 'Number One' man, on the syndicated sci-fi smash, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-94). A Pennsylvania native, Frakes began his career on stage at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He landed in NYC where he continued to hone his craft in such theatrical productions as the musical "Shenandoah". Frakes began landing roles on TV in the late 1970s and has since found plenty of work in miniseries. His stalwart, manly charm has adorned the Southern-fried soaps "Beulah Land" (NBC, 1980), "North and South" (ABC, 1985), the simultaneously shot "North and South, Book II" (ABC, 1986) and the eternal return, "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III" (ABC, 1994). Frakes also starred opposite his future wife Genie Francis in the TV-movie "Bare Essence" (NBC, 1982), which showed how much the perfume industry really stunk. The actor has also racked up credits in several other longforms.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Thunderbirds (2004) Director
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  Clockstoppers (2002) Director
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  Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Lt Commander William T Riker
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 Dying to Live (1999) Angel
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 Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Commander William Riker
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 Trekkies (1997)
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 Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Riker
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 Brothers of the Frontier (1996) Ben Frye
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 Star Trek: Generations (1994) Commander William T Riker
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 Cover Girl and the Cop, The (1989) Josh Boyland
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 Night the City Screamed, The (1980) Richard Hawkins
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 Beach Patrol (1979) Marty Green
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Born and raised in Pennsylvania
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Began his acting career onstage at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Spent five years in NYC appearing in stage productions, including the Broadway musical "Shenandoah"; also appeared in region theater
1979:
Earliest TV work included a role in the failed ABC detective series pilot, "Beach Patrol"
1980:
First notable miniseries work, "Beulah Land"
1982:
Recreated his role as Marcus Marshall from the two-part CBS TV-movie, "Bare Essence" for the short-lived drama series of the same name
1984:
Played recurring role of Sandy Parris on the short-lived ABC drama series, "Paper Dolls"
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Played Commander William Riker on the hit syndicated science-fiction series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; also appeared in episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager."
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Provided character voices on the animated series "Gargoyles"
1994:
Film acting debut, as Riker in "Star Trek: Generations"
1995:
Served as host for the Fox special "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction"
1996:
Hosted the UPN series "The Paranormal Borderline"
1996:
Feature film directorial debut, "Star Trek: First Contact," in which he also acted as Riker
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Formed Goepp Circle Productions, named after a street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
1997:
Signed to two-year, first-look deal by Paramount
1998:
Helmed and co-starred in "Star Trek: Insurrection"
1999:
Was executive producer of "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-2002); appeared as himself on two episodes
2002:
Directed the sci-fi comedy feature "Clockstoppers"
2002:
Reprised role of Riker in "Star Trek: Nemesis"
2002:
Directed an episode of the UPN series "The Twilight Zone"
2004:
Directed "Thunderbirds" based on the cult British television show from the 1960s
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Education

Pennsylvania State University: University Park , Pennsylvania -
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

Notes

"I'm married to Genie Francis. She's a wonderful actress. But she is going to be remembered for her whole career as Laura [of 'General Hospital']. I'm going to be remembered as Riker. I somehow think there are worse fates in life." --Jonathan Frakes, quoted in THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 25, 1996

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wife:
Genie Francis. Actor. Best known as Laura on the daytime soap opera, "General Hospital"; starred opposite Frakes in "Bare Essence" and "North and South".

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son:
Jameson Ivor Frakes. Born on August 20, 1994; mother Genie Francis.
daughter:
Elizabeth Francis Frakes. Born on May 30, 1997.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Abductors-Conspiracy" Tor Books

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