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Carl Franklin

  • Highest Rated: 96% One False Move (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 31% High Crimes (2002)
  • Birthday: Apr 11, 1949
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • While still recognizable for his recurring role as Captain Crane on The A-Team, former character actor Carl Franklin is now one of Hollywood's most versatile writer/directors. After a string of mind-numbing television roles forced him to go behind the camera in 1986, he has worked in every genre from war film to family drama and has been the force behind such different works as One False Move (1991), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), and One True Thing (1998).Franklin grew up in Richmond, CA, a working-class suburb of San Francisco. His father died before he was born, and he was raised by his mother, a homemaker, and his stepfather, a carpenter. As a teenager, Franklin excelled in school and dreamed of becoming a lawyer or teacher. He earned a scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied history and began hanging around the theater department in an effort to meet girls. He soon caught the acting bug and moved to New York City immediately after graduation.Franklin began his acting career on-stage at the New York Shakespeare Festival, performing in Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, and Twelfth Night. He went on to appear at New York's Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp Public Theater, and Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. Franklin made his film debut in the comedy Five on the Black Hand Side (1973), before finding steady work on television. From 1974 to 1973, he guest-starred on The Streets of San Francisco, Good Times, The Incredible Hulk, The Rockford Files, and Trapper John, M.D. He also starred opposite Stacy Keach on the short-lived detective show Caribe and with Roddy McDowall on the doomed sci-fi series Fantastic Journey. After a two season stint on The A-Team from 1983 to 1985, Franklin grew increasingly unsatisfied with acting. While continuing to appear on shows like MacGyver and Riptide, he attempted to write and produce a film independently, mortgaging and losing his house in the process. Then, in 1986, at age 37, he enrolled in the American Film Institute's directing program.At AFI, Franklin discovered his own style while studying the films of celebrated European and Japanese directors. His master's thesis, Punk (1989), an intense 30-minute short about a downtrodden African-American boy dealing with his budding sexuality, impressed filmmaker Roger Coreman, who hired Franklin as an apprentice at his production company, Concorde Films. Like Coreman's previous protégé's, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Bogdanovich, Franklin learned ways of fast-paced low-budget filmmaking, writing screenplays in under two weeks and shooting them only days later. Often working on location in the Philippines or Peru, he wrote, directed, and produced (and sometimes even acted in) a series of limited releases and straight-to-video flicks, including Nowhere to Run (1989), Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy (1989), and Full Fathom Five (1990).After completing his tenure at Concorde, Franklin wrote and directed One False Move (1991), an independent crime thriller about three Los Angeles drug dealers who seek refuge in Arkansas after a murderous drug deal. The film starred Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, and Michael Beach as the outlaws and Bill Paxton as the Arkansas sheriff awaiting their arrival, but had little commercial value at the time. As a result, its distributor, IRS Media, gave the film a minor and ineffective advertising campaign. Yet, rave reviews and positive word-of-mouth quickly made One False Move a surprise hit. Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert voted it the Best Film of the Year, and Franklin's work earned him a New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and an MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.The success of One False Move put Franklin on the short list of Hollywood directors. Producers brought every type of script to his attention -- Disney even asked him to remake That Darn Cat (1965). For his next project, he settle

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet City of Night Director 2014
69% Bless Me, Ultima Screenwriter Director $1.6M 2013
64% Out of Time Director $41M 2003
31% High Crimes Director $41.5M 2002
89% One True Thing Director 1998
88% Devil in a Blue Dress Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet Laurel Avenue Director 1993
96% One False Move Director Screenwriter 1992
No Score Yet In The Heat Of Passion Det. Rooker 1992
No Score Yet Eye of the Eagle 3 Sgt. T. Deveraux Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Full Fathom Five Ambassador Fletcher Director 1990
No Score Yet Eye of the Eagle II Col. Rawlins Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Nowhere to Run Director 1988
No Score Yet A Smoky Mountain Christmas Lt. Danvers 1986
No Score Yet One Cooks, the Other Doesn't Officer Lloyd Green 1983

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% The Leftovers
2014-2017
Director
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
75% Chance
2016-2017
Producer
  • 2016
78% Good Behavior
2016-2017
Producer
  • 2016
76% Vinyl
2016
Director
  • 2016
85% The Affair
2014
Director
  • 2015
  • 2014
85% Homeland
2011-2018
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
78% House of Cards
2013-2018
Director
  • 2014
  • 2013
58% The Newsroom
2012-2014
Director
  • 2013
65% Magic City
2012-2013
Director
  • 2012
79% Falling Skies
2011-2015
Director
  • 2011
91% The Pacific
2010
Director
  • 2010
86% The Riches
2007-2008
Director
  • 2007
84% Rome
2005-2007
Director
  • 2007
  • 2005
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Guest Gil
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1988
No Score Yet ALF
1986-1990
Dr. Willoughby
  • 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Capt. Crane Crane
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Wiley
  • 1985
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Gary Rediford
  • 1982
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Roger Orloff
  • 1978
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Larry
  • 1976
  • 1975

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