Carl Franklin

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Those who watched far too much bad TV in the 1970s and 80s may remember Carl Franklin as a rugged African-American character player. Those who value thoughtful and solidly crafted genre films may give more weight to his ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1949 in Richmond, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of Passion 1992 (Movie)

Detective Rooker (Actor)

Roseanne 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eye of the Eagle 3 1991 (Movie)

Sgt Devereux (Actor)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Fathom Five 1990 (Movie)

Fletcher (Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Stand at Lang Mei 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Too Good to Be True 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye of the Eagle II: Inside the Enemy 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Rawlins (Actor)

The A-Team 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

One Cooks, the Other Doesn't 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

McClain's Law 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Joshua's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Caribe 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Five on the Black Hand Side 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Loose Change (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantastic Journey (TV Show)

Actor
Director (17)

The Affair 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Bless Me, Ultima 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Homeland 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Magic City 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Falling Skies 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Pacific 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Riches 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Out of Time 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Partners 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Devil in A Blue Dress 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Punk 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

One False Move 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Full Fathom Five 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Eye of the Eagle II: Inside the Enemy 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Nowhere to Run 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (6)

Bless Me, Ultima 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Devil in A Blue Dress 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eye of the Eagle 3 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Full Fathom Five 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Last Stand at Lang Mei 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Eye of the Eagle II: Inside the Enemy 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Those who watched far too much bad TV in the 1970s and 80s may remember Carl Franklin as a rugged African-American character player. Those who value thoughtful and solidly crafted genre films may give more weight to his second career as a filmmaker in the 1990s. Franklin first acted as student at UC-Berkely and honed his skills off-Broadway at the Public Theater before becoming a familiar face on TV. He made one film appearance in the family comedy "Five on the Black Hand Side" (1973) before landing steady work on the small screen with numerous guest shots, roles in TV movies, miniseries and busted pilots and stints as a regular on several unsuccessful series including the cop shows "Caribe" (ABC, 1975), co-starring Stacy Keach and "McClain's Law" (NBC, 1981-82), with James Arness as well as the sci-fi adventure "The Fantastic Journey" (NBC, 1977).

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1986
enrolled in directors program

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1967

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1986 - 1988
Graduated 1988

AFI Conservatory

1986

Milestones

1998

Helmed the moving adaptation of Anna Quindlen's autobiographical novel "One True Thing", starring Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep

1995

Wrote and directed an acclaimed but little seen adaptation of Walter Mosley's "Devil in a Blue Dress", starring Denzel Washington

1993

Breakthrough feature directing assignment, the critically acclaimed crime drama "One False Move"

1993

TV miniseries directing debut, "Laurel Avenue" on HBO

1989

Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "Eye of the Eagle II: Inside the Enemy"; also acted in first feature appearance in 16 years; first feature made in association with Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures (here acting as a distributor)

1989

Debut as a writer-director, "Punk", a short film made as Franklin's masters thesis at AFI (broadcast in 1993 as a presentation of "Alive TV" on PBS)

1981

Cast as a regular on "McClain's Law" on NBC, a cop drama vehicle for James Arness

1979

Co-starred in the unsold Western TV-movie/pilot "The Legend of the Golden Gun" on NBC

1978

TV miniseries debut, "Loose Change/Those Restless Years" on NBC-TV

1977

First TV special, NBC team member in "Battle of the Network Stars II"

1977

Co-starred on "The Fantastic Journey", a short-lived NBC sci-fi series

1975

TV series debut, "Caribe" (ABC), an exotic cop drama with Stacy Keach

1974

TV acting debut, "It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy", a TV-movie comedy about a male rape victim

1973

Feature acting debut, "Five on the Black Hand Side", credited as Carl Mikal Franklin

Raised the youngest of three children in Richmond, California

Acted off-Broadway at Joseph Papp's Public Theater

Scripted, directed and/or acted in subsequent genre quickies for Corman: "Nowhere to Run", "Last Stand at Lang Mei" (both 1989); "Full Fathom Five" (1990); "Eye of the Eagle 3"; and "In the Heat of Passion" (both 1992)

Played the recurring role of Captain Crane on the popular NBC action comedy series "The A-Team"

Bonus Trivia

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"With "Punk" and "Laurel Avenue", Carl Franklin has made the best American movies I have seen so far this year. "Punk" is great enough to make Franklin seem to be the Black filmmaker everyone has been waiting for. Charles Burnett and Wendell B. Harris are idiosyncratic artists out of left field (so is Spike Lee, who comes from the infield), but Franklin works in a plain, linear mode, on ostensibly topical matters that he gives the imaginative richness of artistry. His specialty is not the violent hysterics of kid directors like The Hughes Brothers, Mario Van Peebles, Matty Rich, but wisdom and beauty." --From "Carl Franklin Rises to the Top with 'Punk'" by Armond White, THE CITY SUN, August 18-August 24, 1995.

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