Don Francks

Don Francks

  • Highest Rated: 88% Fast Company (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
  • Birthday: Feb 28, 1932
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Canadian actor/singer Don Francks spent his formative performing years in his native country as a nightclub jazz vocalist, an all-night disc jockey, a member of a barbershop quartet called the Model T Four, and a trombonist in a country-western band. Despite all this activity, Francks was virtually unknown in the United States until 1960. At that time, a Canadian TV adventure series titled RCMP was syndicated regionally in the U.S. after a successful year's run above the border. Francks managed to attain a modest fan following in his handsome-hunk role as Constable Bill Mitchell. RCMP seemed to bode well for an American career, but Francks met a Waterloo of sorts when he was cast in the lead of the 1964 Broadway musical Kelly, which opened and closed on the same night and became a title synonymous with "disaster." Licking his wounds, Francks returned to his nightclub act, then in 1966 was cast in the Hollywood-filmed TV adventure series Jericho, the saga of a trio of secret agents sent behind German lines during World War II. The threesome consisted of an American, an Englishman and a Frenchman; Francks was the American, Franklin Shepard, a psychological warfare expert who dressed immaculately and took snuff. But with Batman and Daniel Boone as competition, Jericho took not snuff but a powder. It was back to Canadian TV spots and club dates for Francks until he was cast in the big-budget Hollywood musical Finian's Rainbow (1968), where, alas, he was effortlessly upstaged by Fred Astaire and Tommy Steele. Still popular in his own country, Don Francks supplemented his income in the '80s and '90s with Canadian-recorded cartoon voiceovers; his best showcase in this endeavor was on ABC's Ewoks-Droids Adventure Hour (1986).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

77% I'm Not There Hobo Joe $4.1M 2007
38% Lie with Me Joshua 2005
No Score Yet Dinner at Fred's Gus 1999
No Score Yet Summer of the Monkeys Baylis Hatcher 1998
No Score Yet The Conspiracy of Fear Norman 1998
No Score Yet Fallen Knight Michael Baer 1998
44% Bogus Dr. Surprise 1996
48% Harriet the Spy Harrison Withers 1996
No Score Yet Heck's Way Home Red 1996
No Score Yet Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story Marty 1996
13% Johnny Mnemonic Hooky 1995
No Score Yet First Degree Lou Matlin 1995
No Score Yet A Vow to Kill Smithford 1995
No Score Yet Paint Cans Maitland Burns 1994
No Score Yet Madonna: Innocence Lost Jerome Kirkland 1994
33% Married to It Sol Chamberlain 1993
No Score Yet The Christmas Wife Social Arranger 1988
No Score Yet The Care Bears' Nutcracker Suite Actor 1988
57% The Big Town Carl Hooker 1987
No Score Yet The Great Heep Actor 1986
No Score Yet Terminal Choice Chauncey Rand 1985
No Score Yet Rock And Rule Mok [speaking] 1983
60% Heavy Metal Grimaldi/Co-Pilot/Barbarian 1981
47% My Bloody Valentine Newby 1981
88% Fast Company Elder 1979
No Score Yet 984 - Prisoner of the Future Actor 1979
No Score Yet Fish Hawk Deut Boggs 1979
No Score Yet Drying Up the Streets Actor 1976
88% McCabe & Mrs. Miller Buffalo 1971
57% Finian's Rainbow Woody Mahoney 1968

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Gangland Undercover
2015-2017
Lizard
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Maj. Alex Denesch Nicholas Groat
  • 2010
  • 1969
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
1997-2001
Walter
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Goosebumps
1995-1998
Swamp Hermit
  • 1996
No Score Yet Inspector Gadget
1983-1986
  • 1985
  • 1983
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
King
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Jones
  • 1966

QUOTES FROM Don Francks CHARACTERS

Grimaldi/Co-Pilot/Barbarian
Look upon me... one... final... time. See as I destroy your race. Then prepare to die.
Mok [speaking]
Evil spelled backward is live, and we all want to do that, right?
Angel
You could have killed them. You're totally crazy!
Mok [speaking]
[Flattered] Thank you.
Mok [speaking]
[flattered] Thank you.
Mok [speaking]
I'm Mmmok!
Mok [speaking]
Anyone want a beer?