Don Franklin

Highest Rated: 91% The Big Picture (1989)
Lowest Rated: 17% Hair Show (2004)
Birthday: Dec 14, 1960
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Like many other young actors who appeared on NBC's "The Cosby Show," DON FRANKLINcredits the popular comedy series with having elevated his acting profile when heguest-starred in an episode in 1986. "I couldn't buy a job in Los Angeles," saysthe Chicago native. "But I got incredible exposure when I played ["Cosby" co-star]Lisa Bonet's boyfriend. I even remember having to sleep on the floor of the castingdirector's office overnight. That show opened up a lot of doors for me." Franklin grew up in the Windy City and began entertaining by singing in choirs andjoining two dance companies, practicing ballet and modern jazz. He concentrated onmusical theater until he won his first role as a dancer in "Fast Forward," a featurefilm directed by Sidney Poitier. The role in the 1984 movie took him to Californiafor the first time, but when he couldn't find any more work, he returned to Chicagoand starred in the musical "A Chorus Line" until his appearance on "The Cosby Show."Soon after, Franklin appeared in the film "Moving" starring Richard Pryor, followedby a regular role in the 1988-89 series "Knightwatch." When the series concluded, hejoined the regular cast of NBC's crime drama "Nasty Boys." From 1990 to 1992, heplayed in one of his favorite roles to date, series regular on "The Young Riders."The Western series required him to learn to rope and ride at a cowboy camp and herelished the open-air experience. In addition, Franklin appeared in the feature film"The Big Picture" and on stage in "Playboy of the West Indies." Now co-starring as the second-in-command of a submarine a fifth of a mile long,Franklin would feel confident about serving under his alter ego: "Lieutenant Fordhas had to work hard and maintain tunnel vision. He's singleminded andgoal-oriented, and nothing will deter him from his dream. I'm like that, too, but Ilike to stop and smell the roses." Franklin enjoys music (particularly playing keyboards), racquetball, weightliftingand following the Chicago Bears and Bulls. He and his wife live in Los Angeles.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
78% Any Day Now Lonnie Washington $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong Actor 2009
17% Hair Show Basil $0.3M 2004
No Score Yet Anna's Dream Tommy 2002
No Score Yet Asteroid Ben Dodd 1997
No Score Yet Nasty Boys Actor 1989
91% The Big Picture Todd Marvin 1989
No Score Yet Moving Kevin 1988
No Score Yet Fast Forward Michael Stafford 1984
61% Somewhere in Time Tourist in Hall of History 1980

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet SEAL Team
2017
Pastor Mel
  • 2019
No Score Yet Shooter
2016-2018
  • 2018
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
Alan Beck
  • 2015
90% Bones
2005-2017
Dr. Art MacGregor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Larry Dersh
  • 2012
80% Castle
2009-2016
Tommy Zane
  • 2010
84% The Closer
2005-2012
Kelvin Blake
  • 2009
No Score Yet Day Break
2006
Randall Mathis
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
Ron Sacks
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
Bart Jameson
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Mr. Diggs
  • 2004
No Score Yet Seven Days
1998-2001
Donovan Capt. Craig Donovan
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1999
  • 1997
No Score Yet Living Single
1993-1998
Dexter Client
  • 1997
No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
1993-1996
Jonathan Ford Ford
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Greg Martinson
  • 1987
No Score Yet For Your Love
1998-2002
Derek
40% Nasty Boys
1990
Wheeler

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