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Star Trek: The Next Generation
Actor/Actress, Director, Producer
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Jonathan Scott Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor, author, and director best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Moving on to directing in recent years, Frakes directed and also starred in Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection, which earned him the nickname Two-Takes Frakes for his speed. He is also the author of a book called The Abductors: Conspiracy. Frakes was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to Doris J. Yingling and James R. Frakes, Ph.D. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. He is a 1970 graduate of Bethlehem`s Liberty High School, where he ran track and played with the famous Liberty High School Grenadier Band. Frakes received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater Arts at Penn State University in the early 1970s, where he was a member of the Thespians. He continued his studies at Harvard and spent several seasons performing at the Loeb Drama Center. For a time in the 1970s, Frakes worked for Marvel Comics, appearing at conventions in costume as Captain America. His father, James R. Frakes, was a well-respected book critic for the New York Times Book Review, a book editor, and professor of English literature at Lehigh University from 1958–2001, where he was the Edmund W. Fairchild Professor in American Studies. He died in early 2002. His mother, Doris, still lives in the Bethlehem area. Frakes had a younger brother, Daniel, who died in 1997 from pancreatic cancer. He remains close with his niece and goddaughter Julia Frakes, Daniel`s daughter. Julia is a fashion contributor to PAPER Magazine.
Frakes married soap opera actress Genie Francis on May 28, 1988. They live in Maine with their son, Jameson (Jamo) Ivor Frakes, born in 1994, and daughter, Elizabeth (Eliza) Francis-Frakes, born in 1997. Jonathan 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 co-owns a home furnishings store with his wife in Belfast, Maine called The Cherished Home. Frakes is one of the best known tall actors at 6 ft 4 in (193 cm).
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Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA (1970)
Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (1974)
Full Name at Birth
Jonathan Scott Frakes
Jonathan Scott Frakes (born August 19, 1952) is an American actor, author, and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films. Frakes also hosted the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, challenging viewers to discern his stories of fact-based phenomena and fabricated tales. In June 2011, Frakes narrated the History Channel documentary Lee and Grant. He was also the voice actor of David Xanatos in the Disney television series Gargoyles.
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