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->''"Yes! [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Front row!]]"''

'''Jonathan Frakes''' (August 19, 1952-) is best known for two things: the voice of Xanatos in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' and the role of Commander William Riker, aka NumberOne, in the critically acclaimed ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.

In recent years he has made quite a name for himself as a television director: he has directed no fewer than three episodes each of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' as well as [[DirectedByCastMember eight episodes]] of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]''. Other directing credits include ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone}}'', ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', and multiple episodes of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', ''Series/{{Burn Notice}}'', ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', and ''Series/{{Leverage}}''. Feature film directing credits include ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (widely considered one of the finest ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies ever) and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'', as well as ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', ''Thunderbirds'', ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', and two ''TheLibrarian'' movies. [[ShoutOut All of which have Star Trek references in them at his insistence.]] One of the episodes of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' that he directed was based at a sci-fi convention, where his Star Trek references were only outnumbered by the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' references. (Oh, and he has a [[TheCameo cameo]] in that one, too.)

On the set of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Frakes earned the nickname "Two Takes Frakes" for his economical shooting style. He is the famed TropeMaker for GrowingTheBeard, because in between the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' he, erm, [[TropeNamer grew a beard]] (see right): the facial topiary's presence at the script readthroughs for the second season was mere happenstance, but ''Trek'' creator GeneRoddenberry felt it gave him a far more dignified appearance and decided to ThrowItIn to his character's appearance too. The beard staying then coincided -- and has become synonymous -- with the show's generally-agreed development from something good into something great in the next year or two. All thanks to Frakes' face.

Frakes is a part of one of the longest-lived Hollywood marriages in the history of celebrity-dom. He and his wife, actress Genie Francis (of ''Series/GeneralHospital'' fame) have been married for 29 years and counting.

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