Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes is an American actor, director, and producer who was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Doris J. (Yingling) and Dr. James R. Frakes, a professor. His parents moved with Jonathan and his younger brother Daniel to Bethlehem in eastern Pennsylvania. Frakes is of German, and some English, ancestry.

While growing up Jonathan was introduced to jazz by his father and started playing the trombone when he was in fourth grade. In high school he played in the band and ran track. He graduated from Liberty High in Bethlehem in 1970. The day after he graduated he started classes at Pennsylvania State University, enrolling as a Psychology major, although later switched to Theater Arts and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1974. He then moved to Boston to attain his masters degree from Harvard University by 1976.

At this point he decided to move to New York City and try to make it as an actor. He won roles in the Broadway musical Shenandoah, and on the soap opera The Doctors (1969) as Vietnam veteran "Tom Carroll" from 1977 to 1978. At his agent's urging Jonathan moved to Los Angeles in late 1978 to try his hand at television guest appearances. He guest-starred on several of the big prime-time shows of the time, including Charlie's Angels (1976), Fantasy Island (1977), Barnaby Jones (1973), Quincy M.E. (1976), Highway to Heaven (1984), The Waltons (1971), and The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). During the 1980s Jonathan landed a starring role in a prime-time soap opera, Bare Essence (1983), which had spun off a successful miniseries of the same name.

In 1996 it was announced that he was to be the director of the next Star Trek film, Star Trek: First Contact (1996). He received critical praise for his work on the film and it became the highest-grossing entry of the franchise to date. He formed a production company, Goepp Circle Productions. In 1998 he was asked to direct the ninth Star Trek film, Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

Known For

Credits

Cast Credits

After Trek (2017)
Guest starring as Jonathan Frakes
Future-Worm! (2016)
Guest starring as Steak Starbolt
Angie Tribeca (2016)
Guest starring as Commandant Don Van Zandt
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (2015)
Guest starring as J'Son (12 episodes)
Guest starring as Narrator
The Glades (2010)
Guest starring as Mr. Francis
  • Episode 4x02: Shot Girls (Jun 3, 2013) [Uncredited]
Guest starring as Administrator
Adventure Time (2010)
Guest starring as Adult Finn
  • Episode 5x16: Puhoy (Apr 8, 2013)
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Guest starring as Navy Commander Dr. Stanfill
Leverage (2008)
Guest starring as Man in Waiting Room
Guest starring as Man in Toy Safety Office
  • Episode 5x14: The Toy Job (Dec 18, 2012) [Uncredited]
Criminal Minds (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Arthur Malcolm
Roswell (1999)
Guest starring as Jonathan Frakes (3 episodes)
Family Guy (1999)
Guest starring as Commander William T. Riker
Guest starring as Jonathan Frakes
3rd Rock from the Sun (1996)
Guest starring as Larry McMichael
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Guest starring as Commander William T. Riker
  • Episode 2x18: Death Wish (Feb 19, 1996) [Special Guest Star]
Cybill (1995)
Guest starring as Jonathan Frakes
Gargoyles (1994)
Starring as David Xanatos
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Guest starring as Lt. Thomas "Tom" Riker
  • Episode 3x09: Defiant (Nov 27, 1994) [Special Guest Star]
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
Starring as Commander William T. Riker (178 episodes)
Matlock (1986)
Guest starring as Prosecutor Mr. Park
North and South (1985)
Starring as Stanley Hazard
Paper Dolls (1984)
Starring as Sandy Parris (11 episodes)

Crew Credits

Star Trek: Discovery (2017)
Episode crew as Director
The Orville (2017)
Episode crew as Director
  • Episode 1x05: Pria (Oct 5, 2017)
The Arrangement (2017)
Episode crew as Director
  • Episode 2x09: Truth (May 6, 2018)
Powers (2015)
Episode crew as Director
The Librarians (2014)
Show crew as Supervising Producer (10 episodes)
Show crew as Co-Executive Producer (12 episodes)
Episode crew as Director (10 episodes)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013)
Episode crew as Director
King & Maxwell (2013)
Episode crew as Director
Falling Skies (2011)
Episode crew as Director (3 episodes)
Switched at Birth (2011)
Episode crew as Director (2 episodes)
The Glades (2010)
Episode crew as Director
V (2009)
Episode crew as Director
NCIS: Los Angeles (2009)
Episode crew as Director (6 episodes)
  • Episode 8x10: Sirens (Nov 27, 2016)
  • Episode 5x02: Impact (Oct 1, 2013)
  • Episode 4x10: Free Ride (Dec 18, 2012)
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Castle (2009)
Episode crew as Director (3 episodes)
Dollhouse (2009)
Episode crew as Director
Leverage (2008)
Episode crew as Director (13 episodes)
Masters of Science Fiction (2007)
Episode crew as Director
Burn Notice (2007)
Episode crew as Director (5 episodes)
Roswell (1999)
Show crew as Executive Producer
Episode crew as Director (5 episodes)
Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Episode crew as Director (3 episodes)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
Episode crew as Director (3 episodes)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)
Episode crew as Director (8 episodes)