Frank Whaley

Actor, Director, Producer
A boyishly handsome actor-turned-writer/director, Frank Whaley entered films as the youthful version of Francis Phelan (played as an adult by Jack Nicholson) in "Ironweed" (1987) and again essayed the teenaged version ... Read more »
Born: 07/19/1963 in Syracuse, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Under the Dome 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Aftermath 2014 (Movie)

Ray Donovan (Actor)

Cherry Crush 2014 (Movie)

Wade Chandling (Actor)

Gotham 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rob The Mob 2014 (Movie)

Agent Frank Hurd (Actor)

Janie Jones 2011 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

As Good As Dead 2010 (Movie)

Aaron (Actor)

Ugly Betty 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drillbit Taylor 2008 (Movie)

Jittery Bodyguard (Actor)

'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris 2007 (Movie)

Vocal Performance (Actor)

Crazy Eights 2007 (Movie)

Brent Sykes (Actor)

Vacancy 2007 (Movie)

Mason (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's Detective 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Where There's a Will 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Chuck Sereika (Actor)

Pursuit of Happiness 2003 (Movie)

Alan Oliver (Actor)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Lynny (Actor)

Strange Frequency 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jimmy Show 2002 (Movie)

Jimmy O'Brien (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God...Be Back by Five 2000 (Movie)

Skee-Ball Weasel (Actor)

Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Curtain Call 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Glam 1998 (Movie)

Franky Syde (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Dead Man's Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Telephone 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

Giles Prentice (Actor)

Homage 1995 (Movie)

Archie Landrum (Actor)

Swimming With Sharks 1995 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

The Desperate Trail 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

Swing Kids 1993 (Movie)

Arvid (Actor)

A Midnight Clear 1992 (Movie)

"Father" Mundy (Actor)

Back in the U.S.S.R. 1992 (Movie)

Archer Sloan (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Young Kid (Actor)

Career Opportunities 1991 (Movie)

Jim Dodge (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Oswald Impostor (Actor)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

Robby Kreiger (Actor)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Steve Bushak (Actor)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Timmy (Actor)

Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

Michael Latchmer (Actor)

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

Archie Graham (Actor)

Little Monsters 1989 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

Unconquered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Life on the Flipside 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Seasonal Differences 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Soldier Boys 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Young Francis (Actor)

Bombshell (TV Show)

Actor

Cafe Society (TV Show)

Actor

Madoff (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

Retroactive (TV Show)

Actor

Ruffian (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

The Wall (TV Show)

Actor

The Winner (TV Show)

Actor

To Dance With the White Dog (TV Show)

Actor

Unconquered (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

Actor

Where There's a Will (Movie)

Richie Greene (Actor)
Writer (4)

Like Sunday, Like Rain 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New York City Serenade 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Jimmy Show 2002 (Movie)

(Adaptation) (Screenplay)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

Like Sunday, Like Rain 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

New York City Serenade 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jimmy Show 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Joe the King 1999 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Homage 1995 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

A boyishly handsome actor-turned-writer/director, Frank Whaley entered films as the youthful version of Francis Phelan (played as an adult by Jack Nicholson) in "Ironweed" (1987) and again essayed the teenaged version of another screen icon, this time Burt Lancaster, in the Oscar-nominated "Field of Dreams" (1989). These turns plus his harrowing portrayal of a heroin-addicted Vietnam vet in Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July" (also 1989) helped him land his first leading role in "Cold Dog Soup" (1990), a bizarre "After Hours"-clone requiring him to perform CPR on an expired hound, which unfortunately ran out of steam halfway through. Whaley continued to shine as a supporting player in Andrew Bergman's "The Freshman" (also 1990), helping Matthew Broderick import a Komodo dragon for the mob, and as guitarist Robby Krieger in Stone's biopic "The Doors" (1991) but stumbled as the likable, lying lead of the John Hughes-written-and-produced "Career Opportunities" (also 1991), an idea insufficient to stretch to feature length.

Relationships

Heather Bucha Actor

Wife
Married Frank Whaley.

Josephine Timilione

Mother
Whaley says she married his father because "she wanted a little danger . . . the pain and pleasure kind of mangled her"

Robert Whaley

Father
died of alcohol-related illness c. 1989

Robert Whaley

Brother
older co-founded band The Niagras with Whaley had a role in "Joe the King" (1999) also wrote, performed, produced and engineered music for it

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York

State University of New York, Albany

Albany , New York 1985

Milestones

2011

Acted opposite Abigail Breslin in "Janie Jones"

2010

Featured in the crime thriller "As Good as Dead"

2008

Acted in the comedy feature "Drillbit Taylor," starring Owen Wilson

2007

Co-starred as the central villain in the horror feature "Vacancy"

2007

Co-starred with Sam Shepard in "Ruffian," an ESPN-produced TV movie based on the legendary racehorse

2006

Cast as paramedic Chuck Sereika in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"

2003

Cast as Christopher Wey on "The Dead Zone" (USA Network)

2002

Returned the favor by appearing in Hawke's directorial debut "Chelsea Walls"

2002

Reteamed with Hawke as co-star of "The Jimmy Show"; also wrote and directed; screened at Sundance

1999

Feature directorial and screenwriting debut, "Joe the King"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; Kilmer portrayed Joe's bad-tempered, alcoholic father, and Hawke played guidance counselor Len Coles; John Leguizamo also acted and served as an executiv

1998

Provided a brilliant cameo as Skee-ball Weasel in the nostalgiac "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God ... Be Back by Five"

1998

TV series debut as regular on the CBS drama "Buddy Faro"; took the job in order to help finance his feature directing debut ("I was counting on the idea that we'd be cancelled after 12 episodes, and ideally, it was." – Time Out New York, Oct. 14-21

1997

Acted in "My Brother's Keeper" segment of Showtime's "Dead Man's Gun"

1996

Starred in Showtime original movie "Cafe Society"

1995

Associate produced and starred in "Homage," adapted by Mark Medoff from his play The Homage That Follows

1995

Portrayed Craig Sheffer's brother in TNT's "The Desperate Trail"

1994

Appeared in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" as the college student gunned down by Samuel L Jackson

1994

Earned critical success with "Swimming With Sharks" as the hapless assistant to a powerful movie agent (Kevin Spacey, who also co-produced)

1993

Played Lee Harvey Oswald in "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald" (NBC)

1993

Co-starred with Robert Sean Leonard and Christian Bale in "Swing Kids"

1992

Reteamed with Nicholson for "Hoffa"

1992

First film with actor Ethan Hawke, "A Midnight Clear"

1991

Portrayed guitarist Robby Kreiger in Stone's biopic "The Doors," starring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison

1991

Appeared uncredited as an Oswald impostor in Stone's "JFK"; role cut in released version but restored for director's cut

1991

Reteamed with Mulroney for the John Hughes-scripted and produced "Career Opportunities"

1990

As co-star of "The Freshman," helped Matthew Broderick's character import a Komodo dragon for the mob

1990

First feature starring role, "Cold Dog Soup"

1989

Played the young Archie "Moonlight" Graham in "Field of Dreams"; Burt Lancaster was the older version

1989

Made TV-movie debut, "Unconquered" (CBS) with Dermot Mulroney

1989

First screen collaboration with Oliver Stone, "Born on the Fourth of July" playing Tom Cruise's best friend, a clean-cut Long Island boy who comes back from a tour in Vietnam as a brain-damaged heroin addict

1987

Appeared in "Soldier Boys," a "CBS Schoolbreak Special"

1987

Feature debut in "Ironweed," playing the youthful version of Jack Nicholson's character

Began acting in high school

Formed rock band the Niagaras with his brother; played drums

Performed in summer stock

Thanks to an Education Opportunity Program (for inner-city kids) sponsored by Jimmy Carter, received a stipend, his books and his college education

Bonus Trivia

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Whaley was one of the co-founders (with Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and others) of the now-defunct Malaparte Theater Company. He also co-founded the Naked Angels theater group.

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