[[caption-width-right:300:[[Website/{{Cracked}} The epitome of human beauty]].]]

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

'''Jonathan Scott 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''. Both of which were excellent showcases for his BadAssBeard and BadAssBaritone voice.

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'', ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' and ''Series/TheLibrarians2014''. 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}}'', ''Film/{{Clockstoppers}}'', and two ''Film/TheLibrarian'' movies. [[ShoutOut All of which have Star Trek references in them at his insistence.]] However, [[CreatorKiller his theatrical directing career was brought to a screeching halt]] with the notorious flop that was ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' (he even called himself the "[[TakeThatMe alleged director]]" on the DVD commentary- it was more Creator/{{Universal}}'s fault as well as the lengthy DevelopmentHell the film went through than anything). 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.) He also [[http://www.treknews.net/2014/12/07/jonathan-frakes-star-trek-3-bring-in-riker/ offered]] to direct ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' after Creator/RobertoOrci quit (to which the fanbase reacted by starting a Website/{{Twitter}} campaign in favor), but was passed on in favor of Creator/JustinLin.

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 there had been a writers' strike between the first two seasons of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' he, erm, [[TropeNamer grew a beard]] during the unexpectedly extended break (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, who he met while making ''Series/NorthAndSouthUS'') have been married for 29 years and counting.

[--This page is dedicated to the memory of Tropers/DannyLilithborne.--]