Frankie Faison

Frankie Faison

Highest Rated: 100% Premium (2007)

Lowest Rated: 0% Breaking Point (2009)

Birthday: Jun 10, 1949

Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA

A veteran character actor whose work has shown he's as comfortable with comedy as drama, Frankie Faison was born in Newport News, VA, in 1949. Faison developed the acting bug while in grade school after appearing in a school play, and after high school he was a theater student at both Illinois Wesleyan University and New York University. Faison began pursuing a career in the theater, and appeared in a number of acclaimed off-Broadway productions, including Athol Fugard's Playland, the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of Before It Hits Home, and an adaptation of King Lear at the NYSF Delacorte Theater. Faison made his film debut in 1981 with a small role in Ragtime, and Faison soon began supplementing his stage work with small parts in motion pictures and guest shots on television. An inkling of what was to come for Faison appeared in 1986, when he was cast in a small role as a cop in Manhunter, an adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon, in which Brian Cox played the murderous Hannibal Lector. In 1987, Faison appeared on Broadway in August Wilson's drama Fences, opposite James Earl Jones; Faison's performance earned him a Tony award nomination. In 1988, Faison scored a showy comic role in the Eddie Murphy vehicle Coming to America, and a year later he was one of the "corner men" in Spike Lee's acclaimed and controversial Do the Right Thing. In 1990, Faison scored the male lead in a short-lived sitcom, True Colors, and in 1991 he appeared in another adaptation of a Thomas Harris novel when he was cast as Barney Matthews, the big but gentle male nurse in The Silence of the Lambs. Faison continued to win supporting roles in a variety of notable films, including City of Hope, Sommersby, Mother Night, I Love Trouble, Albino Alligator, Where the Money Is, and The Thomas Crown Affair, and he had a leading role in the well-regarded police drama Prey; sadly, the show fared poorly in the ratings and didn't survive its first season. Faison revived his role as Barney Matthews in 2001's box-office blockbuster Hannibal, making him the only actor to appear in all three films about the famous cannibal. ~ Mark Deming


Highest Rated Movies



20% The Grudge William Matheson 2020
No Score Yet I'm Your Woman Actor 2020
33% An Actor Prepares Actor 2018
59% The Case for Christ Joe Dubois $14.7M 2017
No Score Yet Smoke Filled Lungs Actor 2016
No Score Yet An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Frank Ellison 2016
No Score Yet Assumption Of Risk Actor 2014
29% Tio Papi Gilly 2013
No Score Yet Cowgirls n' Angels Augustus $0.2M 2012
No Score Yet Sessions Actor 2012
No Score Yet Mayor Cupcake Lenny Davis 2011
0% Breaking Point Judge Green 2009
27% Splinterheads Pope 2009
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Rhamus Twobellies $13.9M 2009
40% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #42 2009
65% Adam Harlan $2.2M 2009
No Score Yet For Sale by Owner Actor 2009
33% Meet The Browns L.B. $42M 2008
46% My Blueberry Nights Travis $0.8M 2007
100% Premium Phil 2007
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns L.B. 2005
83% In Good Company Corwin $45.5M 2004
No Score Yet Crutch Jerry 2004
5% The Cookout Jojo Anderson $11.6M 2004
15% White Chicks Section Chief Gordon $69.2M 2004
80% America Brown Coach Bryant 2004
13% Highwaymen Macklin $0.4M 2004
8% Gods and Generals Jim Lewis $13M 2003
68% Red Dragon Barney $93M 2002
25% Showtime Capt. Winship $38M 2002
No Score Yet Call Me Claus Dwayne 2001
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Dick Lacey $3.1M 2001
20% Down to Earth Whitney Daniels $63.1M 2001
39% Hannibal Barney $163.9M 2001
82% The Sleepy Time Gal Jimmy Dugree 2001
48% Where the Money Is security guard 2000
77% Oxygen Phil Kline 1999
No Score Yet Messengers Actor 1999
70% The Thomas Crown Affair Det. Paretti 1999
No Score Yet Julian Po Sheriff 1997
63% Mother Night Black Fuhrer of Harlem 1996
50% Albino Alligator Agent Marv Rose 1996
13% The Rich Man's Wife Ron Lewis 1996
20% The Stupids The Lloyd 1996
No Score Yet Jaded Henry 1996
52% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' Don Gaffney 1995
29% Roommates Professor Martin 1995
No Score Yet Heading Home Horace Jones 1995
22% I Love Trouble Police Chief 1994
No Score Yet Money for Nothing Madigan 1993
62% Sommersby Joseph 1993
18% Freejack Eagle Man 1992
94% City of Hope Levonne 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs Barney 1991
50% Betsy's Wedding Zack Monroe 1990
92% Do the Right Thing Coconut Sid 1989
83% Mississippi Burning Eulogist 1988
67% Coming to America Landlord 1988
92% Manhunter Lt. Fisk 1986
15% Maximum Overdrive Handy 1986
48% The Money Pit James 1986
0% Exterminator 2 Be Gee 1984
29% C.H.U.D. (Chud) Parker 1984
33% Hanky Panky Driving Cop 1982
No Score Yet A Little Sex Electrician 1982
61% Cat People Detective Brandt 1982
92% Ragtime Gang Member No. 1 1981
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation Man in Lobby 1980


61% God Friended Me
36% The Village
Ron Davis 2019
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
Leroy Davis 2018
89% Banshee
Sugar Bates 2016
94% The Good Wife
Jeremiah Easton Pastor Jeremiah Easton 2015
23% Black Box
Wade 2014
No Score Yet Unforgettable
Mayor Beverly 2014
95% Elementary
Judge Brewster O'Hare 2013
83% Grey's Anatomy
William Bailey Mr. Bailey 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Jeffords 2011
78% Lie to Me
Teddy 2010
94% The Wire
Ervin Burrell Det. Comm. Ervin H. Burrell Det. Comm. Erwin H. Burrell Det. Comm. Ervin Burrell Ervin H. Burrell 2008
33% Prey
Det. Ray Peterson 1998
No Score Yet New York Undercover
Capt. Wilton 1996
No Score Yet Law & Order
Lester Twiggs Mr. Crawford 1990
No Score Yet The Equalizer
Zudo 1987
33% True Colors
Ron Freeman


Dick Lacey says: Life only makes sense when you look at it backwards. Too bad we have to live it forwards.

Landlord says: Damn shame what they did to that dog...

Landlord says: hey stu! your rent's due

Landlord says: Hey Stu, your rent's due, motherfucker!