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Frankie Faison

Highest Rated:   100% Premium (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% Exterminator 2 (1984)
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Birthplace:   Newport News, Virginia, USA
A veteran character actor whose work has shown he's as comfortable with comedy as drama, Frankie Faison was born in Newport News, VA, in 1949. Faison developed the acting bug while in grade school after appearing in a school play, and after high school he was a theater student at both Illinois Wesleyan University and New York University. Faison began pursuing a career in the theater, and appeared in a number of acclaimed off-Broadway productions, including Athol Fugard's Playland, the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Before It Hits Home, and an adaptation of King Lear at the NYSF Delacorte Theater. Faison made his film debut in 1981 with a small role in Ragtime, and Faison soon began supplementing his stage work with small parts in motion pictures and guest shots on television. An inkling of what was to come for Faison appeared in 1986, when he was cast in a small role as a cop in Manhunter, an adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, in which Brian Cox played the murderous Hannibal Lector. In 1987, Faison appeared on Broadway in August Wilson's drama Fences, opposite James Earl Jones; Faison's performance earned him a Tony award nomination. In 1988, Faison scored a showy comic role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Coming to America, and a year later he was one of the "corner men" in Spike Lee's acclaimed and controversial Do the Right Thing. In 1990, Faison scored the male lead in a short-lived sitcom, True Colors, and in 1991 he appeared in another adaptation of a Thomas Harris novel when he was cast as Barney Matthews, the big but gentle male nurse in The Silence of the Lambs. Faison continued to win supporting roles in a variety of notable films, including City of Hope, Sommersby, Mother Night, I Love Trouble, Albino Alligator, Where the Money Is, and The Thomas Crown Affair, and he had a leading role in the well-regarded police drama Prey; sadly, the show fared poorly in the ratings and didn't survive its first season. Faison revived his role as Barney Matthews in 2001's box-office blockbuster Hannibal, making him the only actor to appear in all three films about the famous cannibal. ~ Mark Deming

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
81% I'm Your Woman
  • Bill Heck
2020
71% The Sounding
  • Roland
2020
21% The Grudge
  • William Matheson
2020
No Score Yet The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain
  • Kenneth Chamberlain
2020
33% An Actor Prepares
  • Actor
2018
59% The Case for Christ
  • Joe Dubois
$14.7M 2017
No Score Yet Smoke Filled Lungs
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win
  • Frank Ellison
2016
No Score Yet Assumption Of Risk
  • Actor
2014
29% Tio Papi
  • Gilly
2013
No Score Yet Cowgirls n' Angels
  • Augustus
$0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Sessions
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Mayor Cupcake
  • Lenny Davis
2011
27% Splinterheads
  • Pope
2009
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
  • Rhamus Twobellies
$13.9M 2009
40% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • Subject #42
2009
66% Adam
  • Harlan
$2.2M 2009
No Score Yet For Sale by Owner
  • Actor
2009
33% Meet The Browns
  • L.B.
$42M 2008
46% My Blueberry Nights
  • Travis
$0.8M 2007
100% Premium
  • Phil
2007
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
  • L.B.
2005
83% In Good Company
  • Corwin
$45.5M 2004
No Score Yet Crutch
  • Jerry
2004
5% The Cookout
  • Jojo Anderson
$11.6M 2004
15% White Chicks
  • Section Chief Gordon
$69.2M 2004
80% America Brown
  • Coach Bryant
2004
13% Highwaymen
  • Macklin
$0.4M 2004
8% Gods and Generals
  • Jim Lewis
$12.9M 2003
68% Red Dragon
  • Barney
$93M 2002
25% Showtime
  • Capt. Winship
$38M 2002
No Score Yet Call Me Claus
  • Dwayne
2001
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Dick Lacey
$3.1M 2001
20% Down to Earth
  • Whitney Daniels
$63.1M 2001
40% Hannibal
  • Barney
$163.9M 2001
82% The Sleepy Time Gal
  • Jimmy Dugree
2001
48% Where the Money Is
  • security guard
2000
77% Oxygen
  • Phil Kline
1999
No Score Yet Messengers
  • Actor
1999
70% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Det. Paretti
1999
No Score Yet Julian Po
  • Sheriff
1997
63% Mother Night
  • Black Fuhrer of Harlem
1996
50% Albino Alligator
  • Agent Marv Rose
1996
13% The Rich Man's Wife
  • Ron Lewis
1996
20% The Stupids
  • The Lloyd
1996
No Score Yet Jaded
  • Henry
1996
50% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'
  • Don Gaffney
1995
29% Roommates
  • Professor Martin
1995
No Score Yet Heading Home
  • Horace Jones
1995
22% I Love Trouble
  • Police Chief
1994
20% Money for Nothing
  • Madigan
1993
62% Sommersby
  • Joseph
1993
18% Freejack
  • Eagle Man
1992
94% City of Hope
  • Levonne
1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs
  • Barney
1991
50% Betsy's Wedding
  • Zack Monroe
1990
93% Do the Right Thing
  • Coconut Sid
1989
84% Mississippi Burning
  • Eulogist
1988
72% Coming to America
  • Landlord
1988
93% Manhunter
  • Lt. Fisk
1986
15% Maximum Overdrive
  • Handy
1986
50% The Money Pit
  • James
1986
0% Exterminator 2
  • Be Gee
1984
29% C.H.U.D. (Chud)
  • Parker
1984
33% Hanky Panky
  • Driving Cop
1982
No Score Yet A Little Sex
  • Electrician
1982
61% Cat People
  • Detective Brandt
1982
92% Ragtime
  • Gang Member No. 1
1981
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation
  • Man in Lobby
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
33% Prey
1998
  • Det. Ray Peterson
  • 2021
  • 1998
59% God Friended Me
2018-2020
  • Actor
  • 2020
36% The Village
2019
  • Ron Davis
  • 2019
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010-2020
  • Leroy Davis
  • 2018
90% Banshee
2013-2016
  • Sugar Bates
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
93% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Jeremiah Easton Pastor Jeremiah Easton
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2009
26% Black Box
2014
  • Wade
  • 2014
No Score Yet Unforgettable
2011-2016
  • Mayor Beverly
  • 2014
  • 2012
95% Elementary
2012-2019
  • Judge Brewster O'Hare
  • 2013
  • 2012
84% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • William Bailey Mr. Bailey
  • 2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Jeffords
  • 2011
  • 2010
78% Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Teddy
  • 2010
94% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Ervin Burrell Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell Det. Comm. Erwin H. Burrell Det. Comm. Ervin Burrell Ervin H. Burrell
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
  • Capt. Wilton
  • 1996
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lester Twiggs Mr. Crawford
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • Zudo
  • 1987
33% True Colors (1990)
  • Ron Freeman

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