Jonathan Frakes

Actor, Director
This tall leading man with a Cheshire cat grin and an engagingly relaxed quality is best known as Commander Riker, Captain Picard's 'Number One' man, on the syndicated sci-fi smash, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1952 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

Hit the Floor 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NCIS: Los Angeles 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roswell 1992 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Impossible 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Wings 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Enterprise 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

America Loves... Star Trek 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Futurama 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Star Trek: Nemesis 2002 (Movie)

Lt Commander William T Riker (Actor)

The Lot 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Magic Awards 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ghosts Caught on Tape: Fact or Fiction? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) 2 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Trekkies 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

Commander William Riker (Actor)

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Psychic Detectives: Search For Justice 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

Riker (Actor)

The Paranormal Borderline 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Gene Roddenberry: Star Trek and Beyond 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Generations 1994 (Movie)

Commander William T Riker (Actor)

Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Dolls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bare Essence 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Beach Patrol 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Bare Essence (TV Show)

Actor

Beulah Land (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers of the Frontier (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Dying to Live (TV Show)

Actor

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Actor

The Cover Girl and the Cop (TV Show)

Actor

The Night the City Screamed (TV Show)

Actor
Director (23)

Switched at Birth 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Librarians 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Falling Skies 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Burn Notice 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Castle 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

King & Maxwell 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Glades 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Leverage 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Make It or Break It 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Truth Be Told 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Director

Persons Unknown 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

V 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Diagnosis Murder 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Dollhouse 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

University Hospital 1994 - 1996, 1999 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Science Fiction 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Thunderbirds 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Clockstoppers 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Twilight Zone 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Star Trek: First Contact 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

This tall leading man with a Cheshire cat grin and an engagingly relaxed quality is best known as Commander Riker, Captain Picard's 'Number One' man, on the syndicated sci-fi smash, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987-94). A Pennsylvania native, Frakes began his career on stage at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He landed in NYC where he continued to hone his craft in such theatrical productions as the musical "Shenandoah". Frakes began landing roles on TV in the late 1970s and has since found plenty of work in miniseries. His stalwart, manly charm has adorned the Southern-fried soaps "Beulah Land" (NBC, 1980), "North and South" (ABC, 1985), the simultaneously shot "North and South, Book II" (ABC, 1986) and the eternal return, "John Jakes' Heaven and Hell: North and South, Part III" (ABC, 1994). Frakes also starred opposite his future wife Genie Francis in the TV-movie "Bare Essence" (NBC, 1982), which showed how much the perfume industry really stunk. The actor has also racked up credits in several other longforms.

Relationships

Elizabeth Frakes

Daughter
born on May 30, 1997

Jameson Frakes

Son
born on August 20, 1994 mother Genie Francis

Genie Francis

Wife
best known as Laura on the daytime soap opera, "General Hospital" starred opposite Frakes in "Bare Essence" and "North and South"

EDUCATION

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania
graduated

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

2004

Directed "Thunderbirds" based on the cult British television show from the 1960s

2002

Directed an episode of the UPN series "The Twilight Zone"

2002

Directed the sci-fi comedy feature "Clockstoppers"

2002

Reprised role of Riker in "Star Trek: Nemesis"

1999

Was executive producer of "Roswell" (The WB, 1999-2001; UPN, 2001-2002); appeared as himself on two episodes

1998

Helmed and co-starred in "Star Trek: Insurrection"

1997

Signed to two-year, first-look deal by Paramount

1996

Feature film directorial debut, "Star Trek: First Contact," in which he also acted as Riker

1996

Hosted the UPN series "The Paranormal Borderline"

1995

Served as host for the Fox special "Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction"

1994

Film acting debut, as Riker in "Star Trek: Generations"

1984

Played recurring role of Sandy Parris on the short-lived ABC drama series, "Paper Dolls"

1982

Recreated his role as Marcus Marshall from the two-part CBS TV-movie, "Bare Essence" for the short-lived drama series of the same name

1980

First notable miniseries work, "Beulah Land"

1979

Earliest TV work included a role in the failed ABC detective series pilot, "Beach Patrol"

Born and raised in Pennsylvania

Formed Goepp Circle Productions, named after a street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Played Commander William Riker on the hit syndicated science-fiction series, "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; also appeared in episodes of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager."

Spent five years in NYC appearing in stage productions, including the Broadway musical "Shenandoah"; also appeared in region theater

Provided character voices on the animated series "Gargoyles"

Began his acting career onstage at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm married to Genie Francis. She's a wonderful actress. But she is going to be remembered for her whole career as Laura [of 'General Hospital']. I'm going to be remembered as Riker. I somehow think there are worse fates in life." --Jonathan Frakes, quoted in THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 25, 1996

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