FRANKIE FAISON (Harlan) has followed his success as Commissioner Ervin Burrell on
the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" with a series of studio and independent film performances in
Paul Weitz's CIRQUE DU FREAK (Universal 2009), NICK AND NORA'S INFINITE PLAYLIST
(Columbia Pictures), MEET THE BROWNS (Lions Gate), and indies ORDER OF REDEMPTION,
FOR SALE BY OWNER and SPLINTERHEADS (all scheduled for release in 2009).
Audiences delighted in his portrayal of Chief Gordon in the madcap Wayan's Brothers
comedy WHITE CHICKS. Other prominent feature appearances include all three â€˜Hannibal Lecter
films' THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS RED DRAGON and HANNIBAL as well as appearing in
the initial film MANHUNTER which makes him the only actor to have appeared in all of the films.
Frankie earned a TonyÂ® 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.
Frankie starred on the FOX series "True Colors", the ABC series "Prey," and the PBS series
"A Hot Hero Sandwich." His numerous guest star appearances include "Army Wives", "Law and
Order," "The Cosby Show," "Hawk" and HBO's "Oz."
The peripatetic Faison starred in 13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING, directed by
Jill and Karen Sprecher, GODS AND GENERALS, directed by Ron Maxwell, THE SANTA
CLAUSE starring Whoopi Goldberg, THE HIGHWAYMEN opposite Jim Caviezel, AMERICA
BROWN and MESSENGERS, 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, where he had the honor
of working with the late, great James Cagney on his last film, DOWN TO EARTH, a remake of the
film HEAVEN CAN WAIT starring Chris Rock; SLEEPY TIME MAN and Detective Paretti in the
film, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE RICH MAN'S WIFE and the adaptation of Kurt
Vonnegut's MOTHER NIGHT, starring Nick Nolte. He also appeared with Nolte in I LOVE
TROUBLE with Julia Roberts.
His other Broadway appearances include Getting Away with Murder, the Brooks Atkinson
Theatre production of Of Mice and Men and the Circle in the Square revival of The Iceman Cometh
and The Shadow Box. Frankie recently took on the challenge of playing the role of Memphis in
August Wilson's Two Trains Running and the monumental role of Willie Loman in Arthur Miller's
Death of a Salesman.
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