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FRANKIE FAISON (Section Chief Elliot Gordon) was born in Newport News, Virginia and studied theater at Illinois Wesleyan University. He later earned an MFA in theater from New York University before beginning his professional career. 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.” His other Broadway appearances include "Getting Away with Murder,” "Of Mice and Men” and the Circle in the Square revivals of "The Iceman Cometh” and "The Shadow Box.” 

In addition to his work in the theater, Faison's films include The Silence of the Lambs in which he where he played the memorable role of the conscientious prison guard, Barney. He has also appeared in Sommersby, 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. 

He was seen in Hannibal directed by Ridley Scott, in which he again played the role of Barney to critical acclaim. Other recent films include Showtime, 13 Conversations About One Thing, Gods and Generals, Down to Earth, Sleepy Time Gal, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Rich Man's Wife, Mother Night and I Love Trouble. 

On television, Faison is currently a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire” and has also appeared as a regular on the series "True Colors,” ABC's "Prey” and NBC's "Hot Hero Sandwich.” He has guest-starred on such shows as "Law and Order,” "The Cosby Show,” "Hawk,” and "Oz.” 

Upcoming films include The Highwaymen directed by Robert Haron and The Cookout opposite Queen Latifah. 

Faison is married to the producer/director Jane Mandel. They have three daughters and live in New Jersey, just 12 miles west of New York City.


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