Jonathan Scott Frakes
August 19, 1952
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Pennsylvania State University (BFA)|
Jonathan Scott Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his portrayal of Commander William Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films and series. Frakes also hosted the anthology series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction , and was the voice for David Xanatos in the Disney television series Gargoyles . In June 2011, he narrated the History Channel documentary, Lee and Grant.
Frakes directed while starring in Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection . He has directed more than 70 television episodes, including episodes of several Star Trek television series and The Orville . He is the author of the novel The Abductors: Conspiracy.
Frakes was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the son of Doris J. (née Yingling) and Dr. James R. Frakes. His father was a professor of English literature at Lehigh University from 1958 to 2001, where he was the Edmund W. Fairchild Professor in American Studies. He also was a critic for the New York Times Book Review and book editor until his death in 2002.Frakes had a younger brother, Daniel, who died in 1997 from pancreatic cancer.
Frakes grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A 1970 graduate of Bethlehem's Liberty High School, he ran track and played with the Liberty High School Grenadier Band.Frakes received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts at Pennsylvania State University in 1974, where he was a member of the Thespians.
For a time in the 1970s, Frakes worked for Marvel Comics, appearing at conventions in costume as Captain America.Frakes moved to New York City and became a member of the Impossible Ragtime Theater. In that company, Frakes did his first off-Broadway acting in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape directed by George Ferencz. His first Broadway appearance was in Shenandoah . At the same time, he landed a role in the NBC soap opera The Doctors . When his character was dismissed from the show, Frakes moved to Los Angeles and had guest spots in many of the top television series of the 1970s and 1980s, including The Waltons in an episode called "The Legacy"; Eight Is Enough ; Hart to Hart ; The Dukes of Hazzard ; Matlock ; Quincy, M.E. in "The Face of Fear"; and Hill Street Blues .
He played the part of Charles Lindbergh in a 1983 episode of Voyagers! titled "An Arrow Pointing East". In 1983, he had a role in the short-lived NBC prime time soap opera Bare Essence (which also starred his future wife Genie Francis), and a supporting role in the equally short-lived primetime soap Paper Dolls in 1984.He also had recurring roles in Falcon Crest and the miniseries North and South . Frakes appeared in the 1986 miniseries Dream West .
In 1987 Frakes was cast in the role of Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation .He was one of only two actors to appear in every episode (the other being Patrick Stewart). While appearing on the show, he was allowed to sit in on casting sessions, concept meetings, production design, editing, and post-production, which gave him the preparation he needed to become a director. He directed 8 episodes of the show and a total of 21 episodes across the Star Trek franchise. After the TV series ended in 1994, he reprised his role in the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies, two of which ( Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection ) he also directed.
As well as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Frakes has made appearances in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine , Star Trek: Voyager , Star Trek: Enterprise , Star Trek: Picard , and Star Trek: Lower Decks , making him the only Star Trek regular to appear on six different Star Trek series. He has also directed episodes in five of the series (TNG, DS9,VOY, DIS, and PIC).
He is also one of six Star Trek actors (the other actors being Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn, George Takei, Avery Brooks and Majel Barrett) to lend their voices to the video game Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising his role as Riker when users visit the Enterprise-D bridge featured in the game.
Wanting to branch out from the Star Trek franchise, Frakes turned down the opportunity to direct Star Trek: Nemesis in favor of directing the family film Clockstoppers , which was another hit.However, his next film, Thunderbirds , was a box office bomb which he has said single-handedly almost destroyed what had been a successful directing career: "[My] name was taken off the lists ... I went from 60 to zero. It was a wake-up for me. I had been so positive, and so blessed, and so fortunate." It would be several years before Frakes was given another opportunity to direct for television, and Thunderbirds remains the last time he was placed at the helm of a theatrical release.
Much of Frakes' acting work after Star Trek has been animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles , and he provided the voice of his own head in a jar in the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". He had a small, uncredited role in the 1994 movie Camp Nowhere . Frakes was also the voice of Finn the Human's adult version in the episodes "Puhoy" and "Dungeon Train" on Adventure Time .
Frakes was an executive producer for the WB series Roswell , directed several episodes, and guest-starred in three episodes. His relationship with Star Trek is made light of in the season 3 episode "Secrets and Lies", in which the alien character Max auditions for a guest role as an alien for Star Trek: Enterprise.
Frakes appeared on the 1994 Phish album Hoist , playing trombone on the track titled "Riker's Mailbox". Frakes would occasionally perform on the trombone during his tenure as Commander Riker, drawing on his college marching band experience. He was also a member of "The Sunspots", a vocal backup group of Star Trek cast members that appeared on Brent Spiner's 1991 album Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back .
Frakes hosted The Paranormal Borderline, a television series on UPN, which dealt with the paranormal and mysterious happenings and creatures.In one episode, Frakes presented an interview of reporter Yolanda Gaskins with veteran astronaut Gordon Cooper, where they discussed the possibility of aliens having visited Earth in the past. He hosted Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, which also dealt with the paranormal world.
Frakes and Francis appeared together in Lois & Clark in the episode "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape" as a creepily too-good-to-be-true couple. He narrated the History Channel's That's Impossible.
In addition to Roswell, Frakes has directed episodes of Leverage ,Castle , NCIS: Los Angeles , Burn Notice , Falling Skies and most recently Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , Switched at Birth , Hit the Floor , The Librarians , and The Orville .
Frakes works with the Workshops, the Waterfall Arts Center, and the Saltwater Film Society, all located in Maine, where he teaches classes on film direction. He has also previously taught directing and filmmaking courses as Rockport College, now called Maine Media College.He and his wife owned a home furnishings store in Belfast, Maine, called The Cherished Home, which closed in August 2012 due to his wife being too busy with her acting to spend adequate time at the store.
Frakes first met actress Genie Francis on the set of the television soap opera Bare Essence , and again while filming the mini-series North and South . They began dating in 1985, became engaged in 1986, and married on May 28, 1988. The couple have two children, Jameson Ivor Frakes, born in 1994, and Elizabeth Frances Frakes, born in 1997. They moved from Belfast, Maine, to Beverly Hills, California, in 2008 and later moved to Calabasas, California.
|1979||Beach Patrol||Marty Green||Made for TV movie originally aired on ABC|
|1994||Camp Nowhere||Bob Spiegel|
|Star Trek Generations||Commander William T. Riker|
|1995||Time Travel Through the Bible||Himself / Host|
|1996||Star Trek: First Contact||Commander William T. Riker||Nominated–Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor |
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Director
|1998||Star Trek: Insurrection|
|2002||Star Trek: Nemesis||Commander/Captain William T. Riker|
|2011||The Captains||Himself/Captain William T. Riker|
|2017||Devil's Gate||Sheriff Gruenwell|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Brad||Episode: "Angel on My Mind"|
|Barnaby Jones||David Douglas||Episode: "Stages of Fear"|
|Fantasy Island||Kirk Wendover||Episode: "The War Games/Queen of the Boston Bruisers"|
|1979||The Waltons||Ashley Longworth Jr.||Episodes: "The Lost Sheep" and "The Legacy"|
|Eight Is Enough||Chapper||Episode: "Separate Ways"|
|The White Shadow||Basketball Player||Episode: "One of the Boys" (uncredited)|
|1980||Beulah Land||Adam Davis|
|The Night the City Screamed||Richard Hawkins|
|1981||The Dukes of Hazzard||Jamie Lee Hogg||Episode: "Mrs. Daisy Hogg"|
|Harper Valley||Clutch Breath||Episode: "Low Noon"|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Adam Blake||Episode: "Harts and Palms"|
|Hill Street Blues||Drug dealer||Episode: "Of Mouse and Man"|
|Quincy, M.E.||Leon Bohannon/Surgeon||Episode: "The Face of Fear" and "Ghost of a Chance"|
|Voyagers!||Charles Lindbergh||Episode: "An Arrow Pointing East"|
|1983||Bare Essence||Marcus Marshall||Several episodes.|
|1984||Highway to Heaven||Arthur Krock, Jr.||Episode: "A Devine Madness"|
|Five Mile Creek||Adam Scott||Episode: "Gold Fever"|
|The Fall Guy||Connors||Episode: "Always Say Always"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Single Guy||Episode: "But Can She Type?"|
|North and South||Stanley Hazard|
|1986||Dream West||Lt. Archibald Gillespie|
|Matlock||D.A. Park||Episode: "The Angel"|
|1987–1994||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Commander William T. Riker||176 episodes - Also portrayed transporter duplicate Lt. Thomas Riker in Second Chances|
|1988||Reading Rainbow||Himself||Episode: "The Bionic Bunny Show"|
|1994||Wings||Gavin Rutledge||Episode: "All's Fare"|
|Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||Lt. Thomas Riker||Episode: "Defiant"|
|Journey's End: The Saga of Star Trek: The Next Generation||Host||Documentary|
|1994–1996||Gargoyles||David Xanatos, Coyote||Voice|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Tim Lake||Episode: "Don't Tug on Superman's Cape"|
|Cybill||Himself||Episode: "Starting on the Wrong Foot"|
|Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?||Host/Narrator|
|1996||Star Trek: Voyager||Commander William T. Riker||Episode: "Death Wish"|
|1998–2002||Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction||Himself||45 episodes|
|1999||Roswell||Himself||Episode: "The Convention"|
|2000||3rd Rock from the Sun||Larry McMichael||Episode: "Gwen, Larry, Dick and Mary"|
|2000||Ghosts: Caught on Tape||Narrator|
|2002||Futurama||Himself||Voice; Episode: "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"|
|2005||Star Trek: Enterprise||Commander William T. Riker||Episode: "These Are the Voyages..."|
|2005,2009||Family Guy||Commander William T. Riker/Himself||Episodes: "Peter's Got Woods" & "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven"|
|2009||Leverage||Patient in Neck Brace||Episode: "The Snow Job" (uncredited)|
|2010||Criminal Minds||Dr. Arthur Malcolm||Episode: "The Uncanny Valley"|
|NCIS: Los Angeles||Navy Commander Dr. Stanfill||Episode: "Disorder"|
|2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||High Evolutionary||Voice; Episode: "The Devil Dinosaur You Say!"|
|2012||Leverage||Man at Consumer Products Safety Commission||Episode: "The Toy Job" (uncredited)|
|Castle||Richard Castle Fan||Episode "The Final Frontier" (uncredited)|
|2013||Adventure Time||Adult Finn||Voice; Episodes: "Puhoy" and "Dungeon Train"|
|2014||Hit the Floor||Hank||Episode: "Blow Out"|
|2016–2017||Guardians of the Galaxy||J'son||Voice; 12 episodes|
|2016||Miles from Tomorrowland||Grandpa Vincent||Voice; Episodes: "Galactech: Still Rocketing/Merc's Night Out" & "The Adventures of Jet Retrograde/The Tiny Aliens"|
|2019||How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)||Himself||Episode: "Life's Not Fair, Get Used to It"|
|2020||Star Trek: Picard||Captain William T. Riker||Episodes: "Nepenthe" & "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2"|
|The Ready Room||Himself||Aftershow|
|2020–present||Star Trek: Lower Decks||Captain William T. Riker||3 episodes|
|2020||The Astronauts||Rex Dowd||Episodes: "Day 21", "Day 34", "Day 73"|
|1995||Multimedia Celebrity Poker||Himself|
|2017||XCOM 2: War of the Chosen||Volk|
Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Frakes and based on the franchise Star Trek. It is the eighth film in the Star Trek film series, as well as the second to star the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the film, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E travel back in time from the 24th century to the mid-21st century to stop the cybernetic Borg from conquering Earth by changing their past.
William Thomas "Will" Riker is a fictional character in the Star Trek universe appearing primarily as a main character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Throughout the series and its accompanying films, he is the Enterprise's first officer, and briefly captain, until he accepts command of the USS Titan at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis. Riker is played by actor Jonathan Frakes.
Brent Jay Spiner is an American actor, comedian, musician and singer best known for his portrayal of the android Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as four subsequent films. In 2019, he reprised the role for Star Trek: Picard. In 1997, he won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact, and was nominated in the same category for portraying Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, a role he reprised in Independence Day: Resurgence. Spiner has also enjoyed a career in the theater and as a musician.
Star Trek: Insurrection is a 1998 American science fiction film directed by Jonathan Frakes. It is the ninth film in the Star Trek film series, as well as the third to star the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, with F. Murray Abraham, Donna Murphy, and Anthony Zerbe appearing in main roles. In the film, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E rebels against Starfleet after they discover a conspiracy with a species known as the Son'a to steal the peaceful Ba'ku's planet for its rejuvenating properties.
"Cause And Effect" is the 18th episode of the fifth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 118th overall. It was originally released on March 23, 1992, in broadcast syndication. It was written by Brannon Braga, who sought to write an unusual type of time travel related plot, and directed by cast member Jonathan Frakes.
"Future Imperfect" is the 82nd episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It is the eighth episode of the fourth season.
In film, television, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character, one or more particular roles, or characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for them to find work playing other characters.
"11001001" is an episode of the first season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was first broadcast on February 1, 1988, in the United States in broadcast syndication. It was written by Maurice Hurley and Robert Lewin, and directed by Paul Lynch.
"These Are the Voyages..." is the series finale of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. The 22nd episode of the fourth season and the 98th of the series overall, it first aired on the UPN network in the United States on May 13, 2005. "These Are the Voyages..." is a frame story in which the 22nd-century events of Star Trek: Enterprise are recounted in a 24th-century holodeck re-creation that is insinuated into the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Pegasus", which aired eleven years before. The episode features guest stars Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jeffrey Combs, as well as a voice cameo from Brent Spiner. Series creators Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who co-wrote the episode, conceived "These Are the Voyages..." as a valentine to Star Trek fans.
"The Offspring" is the 16th episode of the third season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the 64th episode of the series overall.
"The Pegasus" is the 164th episode of the syndicated American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 12th episode of the seventh season. It was written by Ronald D. Moore and directed by series cast member LeVar Burton.
"A Matter of Perspective" is the 14th episode of the third season of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), and the 62nd episode of the series overall. It was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's 1950 film Rashomon. The 45-minute episode was broadcast on February 12, 1990 on television. It was written by Ed Zuckerman.
"Frame of Mind" is the 147th episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 21st episode of the sixth season debuted on May 3, 1993 on television. The story was written by Brannon Braga and directed by James L. Conway, and it is focused on some experiences of First Officer Riker. Conway had previously directed TNG episodes “Justice” and “The Neutral Zone” in season one.
"Second Chances" is the 150th episode of the American syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 24th episode of the sixth season. It was directed by series regular cast member LeVar Burton. This episode has a cameo by Mae Carol Jemison, the first Black woman in space, who would become the first astronaut to guest star in a Star Trek series.
"Defiant" is the 55th episode of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the ninth episode of the third season. This episode guest stars actor Jonathan Frakes, in the role he had originated on Deep Space Nine's predecessor series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. The episode aired in broadcast syndication on November 21, 1994.
"Unforgettable" is the 90th episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 22nd episode of the fourth season. It was directed by Star Trek: Deep Space Nine recurring guest actor Andrew J. Robinson who portrayed the Cardassian character Elim Garak.
"Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" is the 11th episode of the seventh season of the American animated television series Family Guy. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on March 29, 2009. The episode was directed by Greg Colton and written by Danny Smith. In the episode, Quahog hosts its annual Star Trek convention and the cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation are guests. After he was unable to ask the actors any questions at a Q&A session, Stewie builds a transporter in his bedroom to beam the cast over and spend the day with them. Meanwhile, Meg becomes a born-again Christian and tries to convert the atheist Brian to Christianity.
The fifth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation commenced airing in broadcast syndication in the United States on September 23, 1991, and concluded on June 15, 1992, after airing 26 episodes. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Starfleet starship Enterprise-D. This season is notable among Star Trek fans as the season when Gene Roddenberry died of cardiac arrest on October 24, 1991. Production on the episode "Hero Worship", directed by Patrick Stewart, was halted when news reached the set.
The first season of the American television series Star Trek: Picard features Jean-Luc Picard after he retired from Starfleet following the destruction of the planet Romulus. The season was produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Weed Road Pictures, Escapist Fare, and Roddenberry Entertainment, with Michael Chabon serving as showrunner.
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