Creator: Jonathan Frakes

"Yes! Front row!"

Jonathan Frakes (August 19, 1952-) is best known for two things: the voice of Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles and the role of Commander William Riker, aka Number One, in the critically acclaimed Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager as well as eight episodes of Next Generation. Other directing credits include The Twilight Zone, Dollhouse, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and multiple episodes of Castle, Burn Notice, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Leverage. Feature film directing credits include Star Trek: First Contact (widely considered one of the finest Star Trek movies ever) and Star Trek: Insurrection, as well as Gargoyles, Thunderbirds, Clockstoppers, and two The Librarian movies. All of which have Star Trek references in them at his insistence. One of the episodes of Castle that he directed was based at a sci-fi convention, where his Star Trek references were only outnumbered by the Firefly references. (Oh, and he has a cameo in that one, too.)

On the set of Star Trek: First Contact, Frakes earned the nickname "Two Takes Frakes" for his economical shooting style. He is the famed Trope Maker for Growing the Beard, because in between the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation he, erm, grew a beard (see right): the facial topiary's presence at the script readthroughs for the second season was mere happenstance, but Trek creator Gene Roddenberry felt it gave him a far more dignified appearance and decided to Throw It In 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 General Hospital fame) have been married for 29 years and counting.

This page is dedicated to the memory of Danny Lilithborne.