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Frankie Faison

Frankie Russel Faison, often credited as Frankie R. Faison, is an American actor known for his role as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in HBO's TV series The Wire  and as Barney Matthews in the Hannibal Lecter franchise. Faison was born in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Carmena (née Gantt) and Edgar Faison. He studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity. He also attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1974. Faison started his acting career in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear, with James Earl Jones in the title role. Faison's next role came in TV, in the short-lived series Hot Hero Sandwich in 1979. Faison did make it to the big screen in 1980, when he appeared in Permanent Vacation as "Man in Lobby". A string of small roles followed until 1986, when he played the part of Lt. Fisk in Manhunter. Also that year, he appeared in the comedy The Money Pit, as an unruly construction worker, and in the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive. In 1988, he starred alongside Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones in Coming to America in the role of a landlord and won a minor role in the 1989 Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. Faison is notable for being the most frequent actor to appear in adaptations of Thomas Harris' Hannibal books: along with Manhunter, he also appeared as Lector's jailer Barney in The Silence of the Lambs, the sequel Hannibal and the prequel Red Dragon. During the 1990–1991 season, he starred in the Fox situation comedy, True Colors, with Stephanie Faracy and Nancy Walker, about an interracial couple. He was replaced byCleavon Little for the second season of the program. In 1991, Faison again appeared alongside Hopkins in the film Freejack, which also starred Mick Jagger and Maximum Overdrive co-star Emilio Estevez. In 1998, he was a regular on the science-fiction TV show Prey. In the 2003 film Gods and Generals, Faison played the role of Jim Lewis, a freed-slave, who shares his religious faith and optimism with CSA General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson as the General's personal cook. In 2004, he starred as JoJo Anderson in The Cookout. Faison had a starring role as the Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ervin Burrell on the HBO drama The Wire. Faison appeared in Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns, a movie about a single mom who takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father—a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family. Faison played the role of Brown and Vera's brother, L.B. Brown. In 2009, he was also among the ensemble cast of John Krasinski's adaptation of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men playing the son of a toilet attendant who caustically recounts his father's experiences in one of the titular monologues. Faison played Richard Evans on One Life to Live from 2009 through 2012. He has recently appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods, which also stars Tom Selleck, as an assistant police commissioner. His main film role in this period was as Harlan in the filmAdam. He also appeared in the November 29, 2010 episode of Lie to Me. He has also appeared in White Chicks. Faison played the role of Sugar Bates, a prizefighter turned tavernkeeper, on the Cinemax program Banshee. He will next appear in the Netflix series Luke Cage.



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Born:
Jun 10, 1949 In Newport News, Virginia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
78
First Appeared:
In the movie An Actor Prepares
Latest Project:
Movie The Case for Christ 2017-04-07
Known For
Poster of Hot Hero Sandwich
Poster of Prey
Poster of Law & Order
Poster of True Colors
Filmography

An Actor Prepares (2018)

Movie
as Deacon Frank Dodge

The Case for Christ (2017)

Drama
Movie
as Joe Dubois
3.8 5 votes

Hot Hero Sandwich (2018)

Series
as Unknown

The Sounding (2017)

Movie
as Roland

An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (2016)

Family
Movie
as Frank Ellison

Away From Here (2014)

Drama
Movie
as Carl
6 1 votes

Forever (2014)

Drama Fantasy
Series
as Pepper Evans
7.5 100 votes

Trouble & the Shadowy Deathblow (2014)

Comedy Fantasy
Movie

Banshee (2013)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Sugar Bates
7.9 203 votes

Tio Papi (2013)

Movie
as Gilly
5.5 1 votes

Danger Word (2013)

Horror
Movie
as Grandpa Joe

Banshee: Origins (2013)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Sugar Bates
9.2 6 votes

Elementary (2012)

Drama Mystery Crime
Series
as Judge Brewster O'Hare
6.7 301 votes

Cowgirls n' Angels (2012)

Drama Family
Movie
as Augustus
5.2 14 votes

Mayor Cupcake (2011)

Comedy Drama Family
Movie
as Lenny Davis
3.5 1 votes

Blue Bloods (2010)

Crime Drama
Series
as Jeffords
6.1 102 votes

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Subject #42
5.1 16 votes

Adam (2009)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Harlan
6.8 135 votes

The Good Wife (2009)

Drama
Series
as Pastor Jeremiah Easton
7.2 114 votes

Splinterheads (2009)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Pope
6.3 6 votes

Breaking Point (2009)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Richter Green
3.9 5 votes

For Sale By Owner (2009)

Drama Horror Thriller
Movie
as Gene Woodman
4 1 votes

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Adventure Fantasy Action Thriller
Movie
as Rhamus Twobellies
5.6 296 votes

Meet the Browns (2008)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as L.B.
6 32 votes

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)

Comedy Music Romance
Movie
as Janitor
6.4 326 votes

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Travis
6.1 165 votes

Premium (2006)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Phil
5.5 2 votes

America Brown (2005)

Drama
Movie
as Coach Bryant
6 1 votes

Black in the 80s (2005)

Series

Grey's Anatomy (2005)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.0 410 votes

Highwaymen (2004)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Will Macklin
5.7 42 votes

In Good Company (2004)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Corwin
5.9 179 votes

The Jury (2004)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

White Chicks (2004)

Comedy
Movie
as Elliott Gordon
6.2 549 votes

Gods and Generals (2003)

Drama History War
Movie
as Jim Lewis
5.9 41 votes

A Little Inside (2002)

Comedy Drama Family
Movie
as Tom Donner
2.5 1 votes

The Wire (2002)

Drama Crime
Series
as Ervin Burrell
8.2 375 votes

Red Dragon (2002)

Crime Thriller Horror
Movie
as Barney Matthews
6.7 968 votes

Gina, An Actress, Age 29 (2001)

Movie

The Sleepy Time Gal (2001)

Drama
Movie
as Jimmy Dupree

Down to Earth (2001)

Fantasy Comedy Science Fiction Romance
Movie
as Whitney Daniels
4.8 84 votes

Hannibal (2001)

Crime Drama Thriller Horror
Movie
as Barney Matthews
6.4 1123 votes

Call Me Claus (2001)

TV Movie Family
Movie
5.1 17 votes

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Drama Crime Romance
Movie
as Detective Paretti
6.7 294 votes

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.1 283 votes

Oxygen (1999)

Mystery Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Phil Kline
5.3 13 votes

Jaded (1998)

Drama
Movie
as Henry Broker
5.8 6 votes

Prey (1998)

Series
6 2 votes

Oz (1997)

Drama
Series
as Cornelius Keane
8.1 125 votes

Julian Po (1997)

Comedy Drama Romance
Movie
as Sheriff Leon
5.7 5 votes

The Stupids (1996)

Comedy Family
Movie
as The Lloyd
4 19 votes

The Rich Man's Wife (1996)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Detective Ron Lewis
5.1 10 votes

Mother Night (1996)

Drama History
Movie
as Robert Sterling Wilson
6.8 12 votes

Albino Alligator (1996)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Agent Marv Rose
5.7 38 votes

The Langoliers (1995)

Drama Horror Science Fiction Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Don Gaffney
5.8 127 votes

The Langoliers (1995)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
6 1 votes

New York Undercover (1994)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.6 7 votes

The Spider and the Fly (1994)

Thriller
Movie
as Lt. Turner
6.5 1 votes

Sommersby (1993)

Drama Thriller Mystery Romance
Movie
as Joseph
5.9 72 votes

Money for Nothing (1993)

Drama Action Comedy Thriller Crime
Movie
as Madigan
5.0 17 votes

Freejack (1992)

Science Fiction
Movie
as Eagle Man
5.0 80 votes

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Barney Matthews
8 3780 votes

True Colors (1990)

Series

Law & Order (1990)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.1 99 votes

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Drama
Movie
as Coconut Sid
7.6 239 votes

Coming to America (1988)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Landlord
6.5 789 votes

Mississippi Burning (1988)

Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Eulogist
7.3 286 votes

Monsters (1988)

Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 4 votes

The Money Pit (1986)

Comedy Romance
Movie
6.2 239 votes

Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Action Drama Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Handy
5.4 144 votes

Manhunter (1986)

Crime Horror Thriller
Movie
as Lt. Fisk
6.8 286 votes

The Equalizer (1985)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.9 10 votes

Kate & Allie (1984)

Comedy Drama Family
Series
as Unknown
5.7 6 votes

Exterminator 2 (1984)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Be Gee
3.9 7 votes

C.H.U.D. (1984)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Sgt. Parker
5.2 61 votes

Cat People (1982)

Drama Fantasy Horror Thriller
Movie
as Det. Brandt
5.9 86 votes

Ragtime (1981)

Drama
Movie
as Gang Member 1
6.7 29 votes

Permanent Vacation (1980)

Drama
Movie
as Man in Lobby
6 27 votes