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->''"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. He is also one of the few actors to have appeared in all four modern-era ''Trek'' series, although his [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise last appearance as Commander Riker]] wasn't [[BaseBreaker without controversy]].

A well-regarded actor with a long and respectable career, he's largely stepped away from being in front of the camera in favor of becoming a highly-prolific television director. As a director, he is known for a highly economical shooting style that earned him the nickname of "Two Take Frakes" during the production of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Shows he's directed episodes of include:

* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': [[DirectedByCastMember Eight episodes]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Three episodes and a guest appearance
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': Three episodes[[note]]All with titles beginning with "P" for some reason[[/note]] and a guest appearance
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone2002''
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': also a producer
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
* ''Series/{{Castle}}''
* ''Series/BurnNotice''
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles''
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': also a producer
* ''Series/{{The Librarians|2014}}'': also a producer

He also had a brief stint as a feature film director, making films that ran the gamut in terms of quality and acclaim. His films include ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' (widely considered one of the finest ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies ever) and ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection'' (widely considered one of the worst), 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, [[CareerKiller 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), although it was more Creator/{{Universal}}'s fault as well as the lengthy DevelopmentHell the film went through than anything he did as a director.

He continues to make the occasional on-screen appearance, having played a dramatically heavy role in ''Series/CriminalMinds'' and [[LargeHam hammed it up]] in ''Series/AngieTribeca. He also occasionally [[CreatorCameo inserts himself]] into shows he directs, making very brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameos.

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 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.

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