Jonathan Frakes

Born Aug 19, 1952

Jonathan Scott Frakes is an American actor, author and director. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films. Frakes also hosted the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, challenging viewers to discern his alternating stories of fact-based phenomena and fabricated tales. In June 2011, Frakes narrated the History Channel documentary Lee and Grant.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Frakes.


1952 Birth Born on August 19, 1952.
1958 5 Years Old His father was a critic for the New York Times Book Review, a book editor, and professor of English literature at Lehigh University from 1958–2001, where he was the Edmund W. Fairchild Professor in American Studies. … Read More


1983 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He played the part of Charles Lindbergh in a 1983 episode of Voyagers! titled "An Arrow Pointing East".
1985 32 Years Old Frakes first met actress Genie Francis on the set of the television soap opera Bare Essence, and again while filming the miniseries North and South. They began dating in 1985, became engaged in 1986, and married on May 28, 1988. … Read More
1988 35 Years Old Frakes married actress Genie Francis, who portrayed Laura Spencer on General Hospital, in 1988. … Read More
1991 38 Years Old …  He was also a member of "The Sunspots", a vocal backup group of Star Trek cast members that appeared on Brent Spiner's 1991 album Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back. … Read More


2012 59 Years Old Frakes works with the Workshops, the Waterfall Arts Center, and the Saltwater Film Society, all located in Maine, where he teaches classes on film direction. He and Francis owned a home furnishings store in Belfast, Maine, called The Cherished Home, which closed in August 2012 due to Francis being too busy with her acting to spend adequate time at the store. … Read More
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