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Biography #2 (for The Jimmy Show)

Long renowned as a versatile actor, Frank Whaley made his directorial and writing debut with the critically acclaimed Joe the King, starring Val Kilmer and Ethan Hawke, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, taking home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.

Whaley's most memorable film roles include Kevin Spacey's put-upon assistant in Swimming With Sharks, a psychologically unbalanced celebrity fan in Homage, Lara Flynn Boyle's boy-toy in Café Society, Archie 'Moonlight' Graham in Field of Dreams, a music-loving German teen in Swing Kids and a pathetic drug dealer in Pulp Fiction.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Whaley received a Bachelors of Arts in Theater from Albany State University. Upon moving to New York, he began working steadily in such off-Broadway theater companies as Naked Angels, Circle in the Square and the Malaparte Theater Company which he co-founded.

Whaley made his film debut for Hector Babenco as the young incarnation of Jack Nicholson's down-and-out hero in Ironweed. He went on to work for Oliver Stone, first with a supporting role in Born on the Fourth of July, then as guitarist Robby Krieger in The Doors. He also starred in I.Q. (for director Fred Schepisi), Broken Arrow (John Woo), Hoffa (Danny DeVito), The Freshman (Andrew Bergman), A Midnight Clear (Keith Gordon) and Career Opportunities (Bryan Gordon).

Among Whaley's extensive television credits are the CBS detective show Buddy Faro and the TV movies The Desperate Trail with Linda Fiorentino, Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald with Helena Bonham Carter, Hallmark Hall of Fame's To Dance with the White Dog with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn, HBO's When Trumpets Fade and Showtime's The Wall with Ruby Dee and Edward James Olmos.

Along with Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard, Whaley co-founded off-Broadway's groundbreaking Malaparte Theater Co. Whaley resides in New York City with his wife Heather; they are expecting their first child in February.

Bio courtesy First Look Studios for "The Jimmy Show" (30-Mar-2003)


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