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Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison has followed his success as Commissioner Ervin Burrell on the acclaimed HBO series The Wire with a series of studio and independent film performances in Paul Weitz's CIRQUE DU FREAK (Universal 2009), NICK AND NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST (Columbia Pictures), MEET THE BROWNS (Lions Gate), and indies ORDER OF REDEMPTION, FOR SALE BY OWNER and SPLINTERHEADS (all scheduled for release in 2009).

Audiences delighted in his portrayal of Chief Gordon in the madcap Wayan's Brothers comedy WHITE CHICKS. Other prominent feature appearances include all three ‘Hannibal Lecter films' THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS RED DRAGON and HANNIBAL as well as appearing in the initial film MANHUNTER which makes him the only actor to have appeared in all of the films. Frankie earned a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the brain-damaged Gabriel to James Earl Jones' Troy Maxon in August Wilson's award winning play, Fences.

Frankie starred on the FOX series True Colors, the ABC series Prey, and the PBS series A Hot Hero Sandwich. His numerous guest star appearances include Army Wives, Law and Order, The Cosby Show, Hawk and HBO's Oz.

The peripatetic Faison starred in 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING, directed by Jill and Karen Sprecher, GODS AND GENERALS, directed by Ron Maxwell, THE SANTA CLAUSE starring Whoopi Goldberg, THE HIGHWAYMEN opposite Jim Caviezel, AMERICA BROWN and MESSENGERS, FREEJACK, ALBINO ALLIGATOR, ROOMMATES, MISSISSIPPI BURNING, DO THE RIGHT THING, COMING TO AMERICA, THE MONEY PIT, HANKY PANKY, CAT PEOPLE, CITY OF HOPE, THE CHOSEN and RAGTIME, where he had the honor of working with the late, great James Cagney on his last film, DOWN TO EARTH, a remake of the film HEAVEN CAN WAIT starring Chris Rock; SLEEPY TIME MAN and Detective Paretti in the film, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE RICH MAN'S WIFE and the adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's MOTHER NIGHT, starring Nick Nolte. He also appeared with Nolte in I LOVE TROUBLE with Julia Roberts.

His other Broadway appearances include Getting Away with Murder, the Brooks Atkinson Theatre production of Of Mice and Men and the Circle in the Square revival of The Iceman Cometh and The Shadow Box. Frankie recently took on the challenge of playing the role of Memphis in August Wilson's Two Trains Running and the monumental role of Willie Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Frankie Faison Facts

BirthdayJune 10, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceNewport News, Virginia, USA

Selected Filmography

An American Girl Story
Mayor Cupcake
The Silence of the Lambs
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Coming to America
Red Dragon
The Thomas Crown Affair
Big Fat Liar
Gods and Generals
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