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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



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
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


91% The Leftovers
Director 2017
75% Chance
Producer 2016
78% Good Behavior
Producer 2016
74% Vinyl
Director 2016
86% The Affair
Director 2015
85% Homeland
Director 2014
77% House of Cards
Director 2014
59% The Newsroom
Director 2013
65% Magic City
Director 2012
79% Falling Skies
Director 2011
91% The Pacific
Director 2010
86% Rome
Director 2007
86% The Riches
Director 2007
No Score Yet Laurel Avenue
Director 1993
76% Roseanne
Guest Gil 1992
No Score Yet ALF
Dr. Willoughby 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
Capt. Crane Crane 1986
No Score Yet MacGyver
Wiley 1985
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Gary Rediford 1982
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Roger Orloff 1978
No Score Yet Good Times
Larry 1976
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Dallum 1974


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