Fran Kranz

American actor Fran Kranz

Francis Elliott Kranz is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Topher Brink in Joss Whedon's science fiction drama television series Dollhouse. He currently plays the role of Bernard in Death of a Salesman on Broadway.
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13 July 1983


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David Mamet's 'China Doll' adds Fran Kranz opposite Pacino
Yahoo News - almost 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — The return of Al Pacino to Broadway this fall in "China Doll' has attracted actor Fran Kranz and Tony Award-winning set and costume designers.
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Director Torre Catalano's Short Seasick Sailor Is Dark and Edgy
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Seasick Sailor" was written and directed by Torre Catalano. Twitter: @SeasickSailor_ Making a short film is no easy task. Time, energy and focus are just a few things that help make a story into a successful movie. Put Director / Writer Torre Catalano at the helm, and you've got one helluva' tale! "Seasick Sailor" is about a teenager who goes through the everyday normal humdrum of life... except he's a hitman. This film features an amazing cast of in demand actors such as Martha MacIssac (1600 Penn, Superbad), Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, CW's new show The Hundred), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), Keir Gilchrist (It's Kind of a Funny Story, United States of Tara), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland, The Killing), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Adventureland) and Fran Kranz (Much Ado About Nothing). We talked with Torre Catalano and his leading actor, Keir Gilchrist! What's the story behind your first name, Torre? Torre is the Italian nickname for Salvatore. It means "Tower...
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Five Reasons To See 'Much Ado About Nothing'
MTV News - over 4 years
After a long wait that started with the raves coming out of last year's Toronto International Film Festival, Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" finally is opening in limited release, and it is absolutely worth your time. The only thing to really say about "Much Ado" is that you owe it to your brain and your heart to go see it, but if we have to break it down, these are the five reasons we'd give for checking out the movie. Your High School Self Was Wrong About Shakespeare Remember how boring Shakespeare was in high school when the teacher barely had enough patience to get through a play with a group of uninterested teens? That was never the best environment to experience the works of perhaps the greatest writer of all time, and so you owe it to yourself to see the material handled intelligently. Whedon and his cast have such a grasp on the source material that they know that all they have to do is approach it earnestly and get out of its way. Shakespeare is Shakespeare f...
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Dr. Cheryl Pappas: Putzel, the Movie
Huffington Post - over 4 years
When was the last time you entered a movie theatre and really left your life on the street outside the theatre? This was impressively the case for me at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival's opening night screening for the movie gem, Putzel. Putzel has just been awarded Best Picture Winner at the Phoenix Film Festival, and I can see why. If movies are a drug, this film is a very happy pill! Some of you know what the word, "putzel", signifies, but for you non-kosher types, "putz" is slang for small penis. This is the name our leading character goes by, and his story lets us see, from the inside out, how the putz becomes a prince. Putzel's emotional journey is centered in the Upper West side of Manhattan, arguably one of the emotionally warmest places on the planet. Likewise, the film is embued with warmth; an endless waft of freshly-baked bagels. A movie crafted with wisdom about the pain and joy of living, while offering no hint of synthetic gooey sen...
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Chris Harnick: Here Comes The Bride ... !?
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 4, Episode 21 of CBS' "The Good Wife," titled "A More Perfect Union." Is it a good thing or a bad thing when Stockard Channing is the best thing about an episode of "The Good Wife"? The actress, who guest stars as Veronica, Alicia's mother, and recurring guest star Dallas Roberts as Owen, Alicia's brother, routinely delivered the goods in "A More Perfect Union." "I don't like sarcasm it's cheap." The penultimate episode of "The Good Wife" Season 4 saw the return of Mamie Gummer, fresh from the cancellation of "Emily Owens, M.D." with a sassy new 'do, but she was criminally underused save for a few fun lines like the one bolded above. Veronica asked Alicia to represent some coders -- the computer kind -- that included "Dollhouse" veteran Fran Kranz and "Mad Men's" Carla Buono, who were dealing with contract issues. This led to Alicia trying to get the coders to unionize to save their jobs. It was like a speedy, less dra...
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Headed To SXSW
Huffington Post - about 5 years
"Before Midnight," "Don Jon's Addiction," "Upstream Color," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and news from John Sayles, Joe Swanberg, David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols will screen at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival. Those films join the previously announced premieres of the Steve Carell comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the horror reboot "Evil Dead" on the SXSW lineup. “It’s an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we’re programming, much of this year’s program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection,” Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer, said in a statement. “Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we’re lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so ...
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado' Gets June 2013 Release Date
MTV News - about 5 years
by Hannah Soo Park If you’re expecting Josh Whedon’s next project to be a spectacle like "The Avengers" or "The Cabin in the Woods,” you might be a little surprised to learn that the writer-director’s upcoming movie is actually a seemingly subdued modern-day take on Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” And now, the indie Shakespeare adaptation has an official release date. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced that the film, which premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, will land in theaters on June 7, 2013. It may have a script derived from Shakespeare’s original text, but don’t expect stuffy period costumes—this interpretation features a contemporary spin on the classic tale (it is Whedon, after all). With his wife in the producer’s chair, the writer-director shot the film at his Santa Monica home during his free time off from filming "The Avengers." And get this: the cast includes a handful of Whedon-alums, including Amy Acker, Ale...
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How 'Dr. Horrible' Became A Phenomenon; Plus Sequel Scoop From The Creators
Huffington Post - over 5 years
There's quite a bit of good news for fans of "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Not only is The CW airing the superhero musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day on Tues., Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET, marking its TV debut, the co-creators of the 2008 Internet smash said the second edition of "Dr. Horrible" will very likely come out next year. Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen co-created "Dr. Horrible" with "The Avengers"/"Buffy" honcho Joss Whedon -- Jed's brother and Tancharoeon's brother-in-law -- and are working with him on a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV spinoff. And when it comes to "Dr. Horrible" updates, they acknowledged in a recent interview that they're fully aware that fans have heard that particular song and dance before. "All we ever do is say, 'We're making it, we're making it!' and then years go by," Jed Whedon told HuffPost TV with a laugh in a recent interview. "I think if we wait any longer, people are going to be like, 'Whatever,'" Tanc...
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Maurissa Tancharoen: Agent Of W.H.E.D.O.N.
MTV News - over 5 years
by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo) Though she’s been a member of the Whedon clan for several years, Maurissa Tancharoen Whedon never ceases to marvel (no pun intended) at her brother-in-law Joss and his many talents. “It’s sort of like, can you stop being good at all things? Because it’s kind of hard for the rest of us,” she says. But Maurissa Whedon is no slouch herself. She’s a writer, producer, actress, and singer – and one half of the team in charge of bringing S.H.I.E.L.D. to your TV (the other half is her husband Jed). “I’ve always dipped my finger in so many things,” says Whedon. And though she’s understandably mum regarding the one super-huge thing she’s currently involved with, she’s happy to talk about her other recent and future projects. And there are many. There’s the album “This Girl” which she and Jed released this summer. “People have compared it to an electro-Brit-pop kind of feel, but it is kind of all over the place,” says Whedon of the album, which was record...
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Master of the Whedonverse
KXLY - almost 6 years
As T-shirt slogans go, it doesn't get more direct than this: "Joss Whedon is my master now." It's a shirt common at fan conventions and anywhere else diehard pop-culture devotees gather. And few fan bases are as fervent as the one devoted to the third-generation television writer. Few would have guessed that the premiere of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" 15 years ago would launch such a following for its creator. But the enthusiasm of "Buffy" fans helped Whedon build what is referred to as the "Whedonverse." The Whedonverse includes "Buffy;" its spinoff, "Angel;" "Firefly" -- which, 10 years later, is discussed by fans now more than it was during the short time it was on the air; "Serenity" (the "Firefly" movie); another short-lived but devotion-earning series, "Dollhouse;" and most recently, the critically acclaimed horror movie Whedon co-wrote and produced, "The Cabin in the Woods." But on Hollywood's big stage, all of that is dwarfed by the $220 million "The Avengers," the upcoming ...
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Midweek movie review round-up
The Gazette - almost 6 years
A round-up of the latest film releases to help you decide what to watch at the cinema, plus you can view the latest trailers. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (12A) A must for all fans of Marvel comics -– and a choice of 2D or 3D too. When a dangerous new enemy threatens the safety of mankind, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D, scours the globe in search of the ultimate team of superheroes. Aided by fellow agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Fury recruits Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to save the day. At first, it proves difficult to get these strong personalities to meld, especially with Thor’s evil brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) causing mischief. But evil must be vanquished and the heroes come together in humanity’s hour of greatest need. Rating: It’s simply Marvel-ous 7/10 {ht...
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Movie Review: "Cabin in the Woods"
Kansan - almost 6 years
The ominous gas station attendant. “It’s probably just the wind.” The broken-down car and the low cell phone battery. “This place gives me the creeps.” The jump-scare involving the cat or the medicine cabinet mirror. “I’ll be right back.” The killer who’s not really dead. Has any other type of film accumulated more clichés than the horror movie? Some we love, and some we just love to hate. The last decade in particular has not been kind to my favorite genre. After the fleeting popularity of Japanese transplants featuring soggy, vengeful ghost girls, American horror movies quickly devolved into nasty, formulaic shockers that traded suspense, atmosphere and psychological underpinnings for graphic, artless depictions of rape, torture and murder. Then came the remake craze, which pointlessly “re-imagined” classic films with slick production values while completely ignoring what made the originals so compelling in the first place. It’s gotten to the point where audiences often know eve...
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Liz Smith: 'One Man, Two Guvnors'--Great Show!
Huffpost Celebrity - almost 6 years
"Canceled! It's canceled!" According to the writer Marie Brenner, this is the most welcome opening in the English language. Every busy person can understand this idea. But I like even better, this one: "Would you like to go to the theater to see a big hit from London and I already have the tickets and will pick you up!" Now, that's irresistible. And this happened over last weekend when I managed to see the smash "One Man, Two Guvnors" and had about the best time of my life at the Music Box Theater. When the Tonys are announced any minute, this English import by the genius of farce, director Nicholas Hytner, will be noodging and not-so-gently pushing and shoving other shows aside. (Thank god it's not a musical. No, Broadway is suddenly awash in excellent, thoughtful plays and revivals of dramas.) THE TITLE, "One Man, etc..." seems unfortunate, but it could be called "Twerky" and I'd still have to totally recommend it. This work by Richard Bean is based on the ...
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Trapped in the Witty Woods
Bolingbrook Patch - almost 6 years
I was prepared to despise The Cabin the Woods based on its previews, and until the last minute, I debated going to see Chimpanzee instead. I am so glad I took a pass on the primates and opted for the horror instead. There’s nothing subtle about Cabin (and subtlety is overrated anyway), but there’s enough humor and tongue-in-cheek (more like tongue-on-the-floor-after-it’s-been-chopped-off) pop culture references in this one to keep even the most desperate-for-amusement moviegoers intrigued. The premise seems like one we’ve all heard before: Attractive college-aged kids decide to escape for a weekend to a remote destination, enjoying their time “off the grid” and entertaining nature-based possibilities like swimming, off-road motorcycling and alcohol- and pot-fueled games of truth or dare. The last activity above elicits Jules (played by a slatternly Anna Hutchison) making out with a taxidermy wolf and it stands as the best human-on-animal kiss I’ve ever seen, surpassing even K...
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Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods
Montclair Patch - almost 6 years
If you are a horror fan, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” If you aren't a horror fan but like your movies full of surprises, or your movie genres scrambled like eggs, you must see “The Cabin in the Woods.” Joss is boss. Or so say his devoted fans, many of who make up the "Whedonites" and "Whedonistas" in the "Whedonverse".  You don't hear about directors like Hitchcock and Tarantino having fans called "Hitchcockers" or "Tarantinites", and both those directors have a strong cult following. That's saying something.   The new yet long-awaited genre-busting horror flick "The Cabin in the Woods" has a built-in fan base just by having been co-produced and co-written by their Geek God Whedon. But for the rest of the public, the non-Whedon-evangelists, is it worth seeing?*  After sitting on a shelf for almost three years, a result of their original studio MGM's demise, Lionsgate bought the rights and is making “The Cabin in the Woods” its first post-“Hunger Games” release. That...
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Movie Review - The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Flickering Myth - almost 6 years
The Cabin in the Woods, 2012. Directed by Drew Goddard. Starring Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins, Jesse Williams, Anna Hutchison and Fran Kranz. SYNOPSIS: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods. Warning: Here Be Spoilers... There are movies that serve as the defining example of their genre. The films that immediately spring to mind when you mention a cinematic category. You talk about drama and movies like The Godfather or Citizen Kane enter the conversation. If someone brings up sports movies you immediately hear Bull Durham, Rudy or Remember the Titans. Then there are the movies that attempt to go one step further and deconstruct the genre. These are interesting little meta movies that try to peel back the layers and play on our expectations. The Cabin in the Woods is one of these intricate little mons...
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Movie Review: "Cabin in the Woods"
Opposing Views - almost 6 years
"The Cabin in the Woods" (Lionsgate) “The Cabin In the Woods” is the kind of movie that is determined to be different from all the other slasher/horror movies of the past. But in trying to be different it just borrows from one movie here and another movie there. There are generous doses of blood, gore, drug use and comedy with a brief scene of nudity just for good measure. Then you get a plot twist here and a plot twist there; some are surprising and some are not. And that is how the movie is as a whole; some parts are good and some parts are not. The basic premise is that five friends – a jock, a tease, a virgin, a brainiac and a stoner – drive up into the mountains to spend a few days at a remote cabin. You know as soon as they meet the deranged looking mountain man when they stop for gas that something ominous is on the horizon, and it is. This movie doesn’t spend much time setting up the danger, it just plunges into the f...
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'Cabin In The Woods' Stars Talk Death Scenes
MTV News - almost 6 years
Spoiler alert: Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins speak to MTV News about filming horror flick. By Azia Celestino, with reporting by Kara Warner Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth and Anna Hutchison in "Cabin in the Woods" Photo: Lionsgate A group of teenagers visiting a remote cabin for a weekend getaway might seem like a predictable setup for a horror movie, but "The Cabin in the Woods" is not your average slasher flick. Those brave enough to take the trip to the "Woods" over the weekend found that the film's genre takes you off the grid, incorporating elements of not only the horror and thriller genres, but of sci-fi and even comedy as well. If you haven't experienced it yet, go see the movie now! Otherwise we advise that you stop reading this article until you do, because the rest of this story contains major SPOILERS about character deaths. We're talking mostly about the film's action-packed third act, which features not only the Big Brother element promised in pre...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fran Kranz
  • 2012
    Age 28
    In 2012, he played Bernard in Death of a Salesman beginning a career on Broadway that continued with 2014's You Can't Take It with You.
  • 1999
    Age 15
    Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1999 and later from Yale University in 2004, where he was a member of the improv comedy group The Ex!t Players. In 2015, Kranz married actress Spencer Margaret Richmond, daughter of Charlie's Angels actress Jaclyn Smith and filmmaker Tony Richmond.
  • 1981
    Age -3
    Born on July 13, 1981.
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