Frank Converse

Actor
A sturdy, handsome player of stage and screen, Frank Converse went from heartthrob to character player, easily shifting from playing dashing policemen to fathers, stalwart men of order and even the occasional ... Read more »
Born: 05/22/1938 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Humpback Whales 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Great White Bear 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1996, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primary Motive 1992 (Movie)

John Eastham (Actor)

Everybody Wins 1990 (Movie)

Charlie Haggerty (Actor)

Dolphin Cove 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Fever 1983 (Movie)

Louis Corman (Actor)

The Family Tree 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Gabe and Walker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Momma the Detective 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bushido Blade 1981 (Movie)

Captain Hawk (Actor)

Steeltown 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pilot 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Movin' On 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

D.H.O. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Stat! 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rowdyman 1971 (Movie)

Andrew Scott (Actor)

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Virgil Earp (Actor)

Hurry Sundown 1967 (Movie)

Rev Clem De Lavery (Actor)

A Movie Star's Daughter (TV Show)

Actor

A Tattered Web (TV Show)

Actor

Alone in the Neon Jungle (TV Show)

Actor

Brother Future (TV Show)

Actor

Cruise into Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Cook's Garden (TV Show)

Actor

Home at Last (TV Show)

Actor

In Tandem (TV Show)

Actor

Killer on Board (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn: The Untold Story (TV Show)

Actor

Mystery at Fire Island (TV Show)

Actor

Our Town (TV Show)

Actor

The Miracle of Kathy Miller (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sturdy, handsome player of stage and screen, Frank Converse went from heartthrob to character player, easily shifting from playing dashing policemen to fathers, stalwart men of order and even the occasional ne'er-do-well. He is perhaps best recalled as the lead in the short-lived mystery "Coronet Blue" (CBS, 1967) and as Detective Johnny Corso, the younger member of the team, on "N.Y.P.D." (ABC, 1967-69).

The St. Louis native had been trained at Carnegie Institute of Technology (later Carnegie-Mellon University). He made his Broadway debut in "First One Asleep, Whistle" in 1966 and subsequently spent the next three decades appearing in numerous productions at regional theaters and in NYC. He was in the original cast of John Guare's black comedy "The House of Blue Leaves" (1971) and won praise for his work in "The Seagull" at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton in 1973. He twice appeared opposite Blythe Danner in the 80s, first in "The Philadelphia Story" (1980) and later in "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1988). Converse was also in the George C Scott-directed revival of "Design For Living" opposite Jill Clayburgh.

Once established as a stage actor, Converse joined Claude Akins in playing gypsy truck drivers in "Movin' On" (NBC, 1974-76). He returned to series TV in 1983 when he starred as a lumber company owner with grown children who embarks on a second marriage to Anne Archer, divorced woman with kids of her own in the short-lived NBC drama "The Family Tree". (The series may be recalled, if at all, as having launched the career of James Spader and for including a hearing-impaired young actor in its cast.) Converse returned to NYC to portray the middle-class family patriarch Harry O'Neill on the daytime drama "One Life to Live" (ABC, 1984-85). He tried primetime again as an American marine mammal researcher based in Australia in the short-lived "Dolphin Cove" (CBS, 1989).

Converse has also appeared in TV longforms, beginning with "Dr. Cook's Garden" (ABC, 1971). Among his more memorable roles were Captain Jaenicke, the Air Force officer who must deal with the avowed homosexuality of Leonard Matlovich (Brad Dourif) in "Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force" (NBC, 1978), baseball great Joe DiMaggio opposite Catherine Hicks' Marilyn Monroe in the heralded biopic "Marilyn: The Untold Story" (ABC, 1980) and Haley in Showtime's 1987 production of "Uncle Tom's Cabin". He was again connected to America's slave past as the master of a young man transported from the 1990s in "Brother Future" for the PBS series "Wonderworks" (1991).

While his feature work has been sporadic, Converse began by playing Wyatt Earp's ambushed brother Virgil in "Hour of the Gun" (1967). He had one of his best roles as the local pastor in Otto Preminger's tale of the new South, "Hurry, Sundown" (also 1967). He was wasted in Gordon Pinsent's self-written vehicle "The Rowdyman" (1973), and followed Richard Boone's Matthew Perry in Japan in "The Bushido Blade" (1982). In 1983, he was a coach with an eye for a tennis champ's mother in "Spring Fever" and, more recently, co-starred in "Primary Motive" (1992).

Relationships

Maureen Anderman

Wife
third wife

Carol Tawser

Wife
first wife divorced

EDUCATION

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover , Massachusetts

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1962
school named changed to Carnegie-Mellon University

Milestones

2002

Appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse summer staging of "Our Town"

2001

Acted in Connecticut production of "DollHouse", a revised version of the Ibsen classic

1997

Played recurring part of Sidney Sheffield on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"

1990

Had supporting role in the feature "Everybody Wins"

1983

Co-starred opposite Anne Archer in the NBC drama "The Family Tree"

1980

Portrayed baseball great Joe DiMaggio in the ABC biopic "Marilyn: The Untold Story"

1980

Starred as C.K. Dexter Haven opposite Blythe Danner in the Broadway revival of Philip Barry's "The Philadelphia Story"

1970

Appeared in Off-Broadway premiere of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"

1970

TV-movie debut, "Dr Cook's Garden" (ABC)

1967

TV series debut as regular on the short-lived "Coronet Blue" (CBS)

1967

Played Detective Jonny Corso on "N.Y.P.D." (ABC)

1967

Film debut, "Hour of the Gun"

1966

Made Broadway debut in "First One Asleep"

Returned to primetime series in "Dolphin Cove" (CBS)

Appeared in several production at the Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT

Spent two years with American Shakespeare Festival

Played Harry O'Neill on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live" (ABC)

Co-starred with Claude Akins as con men-truck drivers in "Movin' On" (NBC)

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