Jonathan Frakes
Actor
Jonathan Frakes
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.
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Space Babies, Riker, Tea and Jean-Luc Picard
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Jan Van Den Hemel creates some very offbeat, yet entertainingly subversive sci-fi remix videos. He excels in building quirky mishmashes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, utilizing footage of Patrick Stewart (aka Captain Picard) in his ongoing quest for the perfect hot beverage, as well as clips featuring the never-disappointing Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes). The quirky charm evident in the "Riker Episode" suggests that Frakes should have been given his own television series back in the day -- or at the very least, a late-night talk show. Who else can pack that much wry charisma into a clip lasting less than two minutes? Van Den Hemel, who puts his TNG collages together using open-source 3-D animation tools, set some time aside to discuss Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes, tea, space babies and the animated feature he's trying to get off the ground. Carl Pettit: What do you do when you're not making or remixing sci-fi videos? What's your day job? Jan Van Den Hemel: To pa ...
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'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Will Have 'Thor' Sequel Episode
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." will have a crossover of sorts with the upcoming "Thor" sequel, "Thor: The Dark World." According to Marvel, the Tuesday, November 19 episode of "S.H.I.E.L.D." will feature the team feeling repercussions of the "Thor" movie. The official description: "The Well" -- In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces -- one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team, on Tuesday, November 19 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Deadline reports no "Thor" cast members will make an appearance in the episode. "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Jonathan Frakes will direct and "Ally McBeal's" Peter MacNicol guest stars. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs Tuesdays, 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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Chris Jancelewicz: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation': 47 Best Moments Of An Evening With The Cast
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
You don't know true TV fandom until you've met a Star Trek fan. I'm hard-pressed to think of any other TV show that could jam roughly 2,500 people at $50 - $160 per ticket into a convention center -- especially a show that finished its run almost 20 years ago. Star Trek: The Next Generation ran from 1987 to 1994, but judging by the adoration and utmost dedication of the people leaning forward in their seats, it's like the show never went off the air. The fandom of Trekkies/Trekkers is nothing new; we've watched the documentaries, we've heard the mockery and we've known people in our lives who take it to the level of wearing the uniforms and donning the Vulcan ears. What isn't documented ad infinitum is the feeling, the invisible camaraderie among Star Trek: TNG fans. There is safety and solidarity in the fandom, a surety that the man or woman to your left is with you 100 percent. At the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the main cast of Star Trek: TNG (Sir Patrick Stew ...
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WATCH: 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Gag Reel
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A new "Star Trek: The Next Generation" gag reel proves it wasn't all serious business aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. In the 10-minute video below -- which is featured on the Season 2 blu-ray for the series, released in December -- find out which cast member had the dirtiest mouth, who tripped over words the most, who was prone to falling, who sang and go inside the Enterprise with a Vanna White-like modeling demonstration from Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). Watch below to check out Stewart Jonathan Frakes (Commander William Riker), Brent Spiner (Lieutenant Commander Data), LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Worf), Diana Muldaur (Doctor Katherine Pulaski), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Wil Wheaton (Wesley), guest star Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) and more "Star Trek" stars laughing and cursing their way through scripts.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “Defiant”/“Fascination”
A.V. Club - over 4 years
“Defiant” (season three, episode 9; originally aired 11/21/1994) In which a familiar face returns… Last week (last Friday, in fact) marked the 25th anniversary of the première of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s only appropriate, then, that both parts of this week’s double feature involve crossover between TNG and DS9. That’s a concept that nearly always sounds cooler than it is, although given that both shows exist in the same storytelling universe, there’s at least some justification for Jonathan Frakes popping into Quark’s for a drink. By now, Picard’s Enterprise had been off the airwaves for over a year, so I imagine the sudden appearance of Riker in the cold open must’ve been an exciting moment for fans of both shows. But this sort of reunion always feels a little forced, a trifle pandering. Will Riker was a terrific ... Read more
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'Star Trek: TNG': Jonathan Frakes light years past 'Farpoint'
LATimes - over 4 years
When it comes to warm camaraderie, Frakes says the "Star Trek" ensemble didn't have to do any acting.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season Blu-ray Arrives July 24th
Movies Web - almost 5 years
The enduringly popular sci-fi favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season makes its Blu-ray debut on July 24 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012, the beloved series continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space exploration in the 24th century. Star Trek: The Next Generation - The First Season Blu-ray has been retransferred from original film elements to produce stunning high-definition images, including amazing visual effects that have been painstakingly recreated from the source material, creating before/after results that fans will love. The six-disc Blu-ray set also features 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and a wealth of exclusive bonus material, such as archival footage, a gag reel, and an inside look at taking The Next Generation to the next level of high-definition. Featuring numerous behind-the-scenes interviews, the new material also features Star Tre ...
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This Star Trek: TNG Cast Reunion Is Awesome And Totally Not Nerdy AT ALL
Best Week Ever - almost 5 years
Here’s the entire principal cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation reuniting onstage at TNG EXPOsed in Calgary in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary (Sidenote: 25 years?? I just died of oldness and someone else is now finishing this post.) If you want to watch hundreds of shrieking TNG fans hurl questions at Patrick Stewart, Levar Burton, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Wil Wheaton, et al for an hour, or in other words, if you are a SANE PERSON WHO USES THEIR TIME AS WELL AS I DO, you can watch the entire reunion below in 5 convenient Youtube chunks. Here’s the first part, beginning with about 6 minutes of “wooing” introductions and cast member dancing (you can skip over it, if you’re a LAME CASUAL FAN). The Michael Dorn / Worf intro is cut off for some reason, probably because Worf asked Picard very reasonably if he could be introduced and Picard shot him down 70 times: Watch the rest of the parts below, including a special magical flower-bearing guest in Part ...
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Urban Living - Keep on Trekking
Fast Forward Weekly - almost 5 years
Keep on Trekking Our interview with Next Gen's Jonathan Frakes bends the space-time continuum by Suzy Thompson in Urban Living Volume 17 No. 21
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25th Anniversary of ST:TNG (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Lez Get Real - almost 5 years
Actor Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher According to actor Wil Wheaton‘s Facebook page today, it is only three days until the 25th Anniversary Tour of Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion begins.  What does this mean? Well, it means that some of your favorite sci-fi stars will be touring/appearing to see fans in droves that will be wanting signatures for their collections, answers to their questions and cheesy photos with celebrities they don’t know personally. Star Trek: The Next Generation fans are gathering for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Event organizers scored a major geek coup: the first ever reunion of the principal cast. This stellar event will mark the 25th Anniversary of the series. Actor Brent Spiner Actors Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Levar Burton (Geordi LaForge), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Michael Dorn (Worf), Brent Spiner (Data), Will Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), Den ...
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Fox's 25 years of highlights (and lowlights)
LATimes - almost 5 years
Fox will celebrate its 25th year on the air Sunday with a blow-out prime-time special featuring the stars of some of the network's biggest hits. The cast of "Married... With Children" will be reunited. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of "The X-Files" will be on hand. The Wayans Brothers (Keenan Ivory, Marlon and Shawn) from "In Living Color," Hugh Laurie from "House," Calista Flockhart from "Ally McBeal" and Kiefer Sutherland from "24" and "Touch" all are participating, as are the casts of "Beverly Hills 90210" and "That '70s Show" (even Ashton Kutcher). And let's not forget the superstar judge's panel from "American Idol": Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. With all that star-power and talent on display, it's easy to wonder: Who won't be there? The cast of "Woops!" for one. Fox now may be the top-ranked network in the ratings, but that doesn't mean there are no embarrassing skeletons in its closet. Amidst all the 25th anniversary hoopla, it would be easy t ...
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A long way from Laura - Victoria Times Colonist
Google News - over 5 years
Francis, who is married to actor-director Jonathan Frakes (Thunderbirds), best known for playing Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and has two children - Eliza, 14, and Jameson, 17 - says it's a good fit for her family
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Catching up with 'Leverage' season 4: 'The Queen's Gambit Job' - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
The episode, directed by Jonathan Frakes, starts with a car chase, then flashes back to three days earlier. In the bar, Nate and Sophie (Gina Bellman) are continuing their season long flirtation/friends with benefit arrangement as they wax nostalgic
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Matt Webb Mitovich - TVLine
Google News - over 5 years
And to finally work with [director Jonathan] Frakes after all these years…. He and my dad [William Morgan Sheppard] worked together on [Star Trek:] Next Generation, so I walk on the set and he says, “Ah the lesser-talented of the Sheppards…,” which
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Seregon Returns - Queens Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
She envisions “a fantasy story I write gets picked up by a network and I am playing one of the lead roles, directed by Joss Whedon (The Avengers) or Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek The Next Generation).” “Or a contract role on a soap opera,” she added
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Interview : Producer Reveals Proposed New Star Trek TV Series Concept Details ... - TrekWeb.com
Google News - over 5 years
Trevino: Some time back, I remember Jonathan Frakes talking about a possible new series. What can you tell me about his possible involvement? Foster: The original interview with Frakes was somewhat inaccurate. In it, he had actually said “I had a Star
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A Very Trekkie Happy Birthday (on What Would Have Been Gene Roddenberry's 90th)! - Wired News
Google News - over 5 years
Today is also the birthday of Jonathan Frakes, the man behind the beard of Commander William T. Riker. Frakes is a multitalented man, able not only to act but also direct and play the trombone, though probably not all at the same time
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonathan Frakes
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Frakes was also the voice of Finn the Human's adult version in the episodes "Puhoy" and "Dungeon Train" on Adventure Time.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Frakes hosted The Paranormal Borderline, a television series on UPN, which dealt with the paranormal and mysterious happenings and creatures. In one episode, Frakes presented an interview of reporter Yolanda Gaskins with veteran astronaut Gordon Cooper, where they discussed the possibility of aliens having visited the Earth in the past. Overall, the show was criticized and pulled off the air after it was discovered that footage showing a yeti from the Himalayas was purposely faked by the show and its producers. The "Snowwalker" footage, as it is known, purportedly shows a yeti crossing through a valley in the Himalayas, walking in front of a Belgian couple who are traversing the area on skis. The network finally admitted the hoax, and Frakes distanced himself from the show. He hosted Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, which also dealt with the paranormal world.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    Frakes married actress Genie Francis, who portrayed Laura Spencer on General Hospital, in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Frakes was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the son of Doris J. (née Yingling) and Dr. James R. Frakes. He is of mostly German, and some English, descent. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A 1970 graduate of Bethlehem's Liberty High School, he ran track and played with the Liberty High School Grenadier Band. Frakes received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Arts at Penn State University in the early 1970s, where he was a member of the Thespians.
  • 1985
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children. For a time in the 1970s, Frakes worked for Marvel Comics, appearing at conventions in costume as Captain America. Frakes moved to New York City and became a member of the Impossible Ragtime Theater. In that company, Frakes did his first off-Broadway acting in Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape directed by George Ferencz. His first Broadway appearance was in Shenandoah. At the same time, he landed a role in the NBC soap opera The Doctors. When his character was dismissed from the soap, Frakes moved to Los Angeles, California and played guest spots in many of the top television series of the 1970s and 1980s, including The Waltons, Eight Is Enough, The Dukes of Hazzard, Matlock and Steven Bochco's Hill Street Blues.
  • 1983
    Age 30
    In 1983, he had a role in the short-lived NBC prime time soap opera Bare Essence (which also starred his future wife Genie Francis), and a supporting role in the equally short-lived primetime soap Paper Dolls in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He also had recurring roles in Falcon Crest and the miniseries North and South before signing for the role of Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Frakes appeared in the 1986 miniseries Dream West. He has done animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles, and he provided the voice of his own head in a jar in the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". He had a small, uncredited role in the 1994 movie Camp Nowhere. He also reprised his role of Riker for a Next Generation cutaway on an episode of Family Guy that also featured his co-stars Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn as their respective roles of Picard and Worf. Later, he again played himself on another Family Guy episode, where all seven main TNG actors (plus Denise Crosby and Wil Wheaton) made voice appearances. He is also one of six Star Trek actors (the other actors being Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn, George Takei, Avery Brooks and Majel Barrett) to lend their voices to the video game Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising his role as Commander William T. Riker when users visit the Enterprise-D bridge featured in the game.
    He played the part of Charles Lindbergh in a 1983 episode of Voyagers! titled "An Arrow Pointing East".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 5
    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.
    More Details Hide Details James R. Frakes died in early 2002. Frakes had a younger brother, Daniel, who died in 1997 from pancreatic cancer.
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on August 19, 1952.
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