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Don Franklin

Highest Rated:   91% The Big Picture (1989)
Lowest Rated:   17% Hair Show (2004)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
79% 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
59% Somewhere in Time
  • Tourist in Hall of History
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Alan Beck
  • 2015
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Dr. Art MacGregor
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Larry Dersh
  • 2012
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Tommy Zane
  • 2010
No Score Yet 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

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