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Don Francks

Highest Rated:   89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Lowest Rated:   14% Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
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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 YEAR
76% I'm Not There
  • Hobo Joe
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
No Score Yet Mr. Music
  • Actor
1998
40% 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
14% 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
57% Heavy Metal
  • Grimaldi/Co-Pilot/Barbarian
1981
50% My Bloody Valentine
  • Newby
1981
88% Fast Company
  • Elder
1979
No Score Yet Fish Hawk
  • Deut Boggs
1979
No Score Yet 984 - Prisoner of the Future
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Drying Up the Streets
  • Actor
1976
89% McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Buffalo
1971
57% Finian's Rainbow
  • Woody Mahoney
1968

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Gangland Undercover
2015
  • Lizard
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
1997-2001
  • Walter

Quotes from Don Francks' Characters