Carl Franklin

Actor + Screenwriter + Film and Television Director
Born Apr 11, 1949

Carl Franklin is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and continued his education at the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with an M.F.A. degree in directing in 1986. Franklin is most noted for Devil in a Blue Dress, which was based on the book by Walter Mosley and starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Carl Franklin.


1949 Birth Born on April 11, 1949.


1973 24 Years Old With experience under his belt on the off-Broadway circuit, Franklin began his on-screen career with a film called Five on the Black Hand Side in 1973. … Read More


1983 34 Years Old Franklin’s most recognizable acting role was his 1983-1985 portrayal of Captain Crane on the popular action-adventure series The A-Team. … Read More
1986 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He began to experiment with filmmaking, getting his feet wet with writing and production. Franklin is quoted in L.A. Weekly, saying "Acting made a director out of me.” And so, at age 37, Franklin made an important decision to return to school in 1986. … Read More


His time at AFI culminated in a life-changing project. For his master’s thesis, Franklin produced a short film called Punk in 1989. … Read More
1993 44 Years Old Switching gears back to television, Franklin directed Laurel Avenue, a two-part miniseries focused on an African-American family in Minnesota for HBO in 1993. … Read More
1998 49 Years Old Following Laurel Avenue, Franklin found himself maintaining A-list status, which allowed him to work on bigger and more visible projects, such as 1998’s One True Thing. … Read More


2000 51 Years Old …  In February 2000, Franklin was featured as a Black History Month guest speaker at Indiana University’s ‘’Black Film Center/Archive’’. … Read More
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