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Biography #2 (for Highwymen)Born in Newport News, Virginia, Frankie studied theatre at Illinois Wesleyan University and later earned his MFA in theatre from New York University before beginning his professional career. Frankie earned a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the brain-damaged Gabriel to James Earl Jones' Troy Maxon in August Wilson's award winning play, Fences. His other Broadway appearances include Getting Away with Murder, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre production of Of Mice and Men and the Circle in the Square revival of The Iceman Cometh and The Shadow Box.
In addition to his work in the theater, Frankie's films include, The Silence of the Lambs where he played the memorable role of the conscientious prison guard, Barney. He has appeared in Sommersby, Freejack, Albino Alligator, Roommates, Mississippi Burning, Do The Right Thing, Coming To America, The Money Pit, Hanky Panky, Cat People, City Of Hope, The Chosen and Ragtime, where he had the honor of working with the late, great James Cagney on his last film.
He was seen in Hannibal, directed by Ridley Scott in which he again played the role of Barney to critical acclaim. Other recent films include: Down To Earth, a remake of the film Heaven Can Wait, this time starring Chris Rock; the independent film, Sleepy Time Gal (Sundance Film Festival), directed by Chris Muney; and Detective Paretti in the film, The Thomas Crown Affair. Prior to that he appeared in The Rich Man's Wife and the adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night starring Nick Nolte. He also appeared with Nolte and Julia Roberts in I Love Trouble.
On television, Frankie is currently a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire he has also appeared as a regular on the series True Colors and the ABC series Prey as well as the NBC series a Hot Hero Sandwich. He has guest-starred on Law and Order, The Cobsy Show, Hawk, and HBO'S Oz, as well as many other episodic programs.
Along with Showtime, Frankie has recently been seen in 13 Conversations About One Thing, directed by Jill and Karen Sprecher, Gods and Generals, directed by Ron Maxwell and in the TNT Film The Santa Clause starring Whoopi Goldberg. Frankie is currently working on The Cookout opposite Queen Latifah and he is currently filming White Chicks with the Wayans brothers in the role of the chief.
Biography #3FRANKIE R. FAISON earned his MFA in Theatre from New York University before beginning his professional career. He received both Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the brain-damaged Gabriel opposite James Earl Jones in August Wilson's award-winning play, Fences. His other Broadway appearances include Getting Away with Murder, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre production of Of Mice and Men and the Circle in the Square revival of The Iceman Cometh and The Shadow Box.
Faison's film credits include The Silence of the Lambs and its follow-up, Hannibal, as well as Sommersby, Freejack, Albino Alligator, Roommates, Mississippi Burning, Do the Right Thing, Coming to America, The Money Pit, Hanky Panky, Cat People, City of Hope, The Chosen and Ragtime, in which he had the honor of working with the late James Cagney on his last film.
More recently, Faison starred in Down to Earth, with Chris Rock; the independent film Sleepy Time Gal, which premiered at Sundance; The Thomas Crown Affair, with Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan; the drama 13 Conversations About One Thing; and the TNT film The Santa Claus, with Whoopi Goldberg. Prior to that, he also appeared in Mother Night, with Nick Nolte and I Love Trouble, with Julia Roberts.
Later this year he will be seen starring in the feature drama Gods and Generals, the prequel to the civil war epic Gettysburg, and will appear in The Wire, a new series for HBO.
On television, Faison was a series regular on True Colors, ABC's Prey and NBC's Hot Hero Sandwich, and had guest-starring roles on Law and Order, The Cosby Show, Hawk and HBO's OZ, as well as many other episodic programs.
Faison and his wife Jane Mandel, artistic director of Luna Stage, have three daughters and live near New York.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)