Frankie Faison Bio, Age, Net Worth, The Wire, Movies, TV Shows

Frankie Faison Biography

Frankie Faison often acknowledged as Frankie R. Faison, is an American actor known for his role as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell in the HBO series The Wire and in the Hannibal Lecter franchise as Barney Matthews.

Frankie Faison Age

Frankie Faison was born on June 10, 1949 in Newport News, Virginia, U.S. He is 69 years old as of 2018.

Frankie Faison Parents

Born in Newport News, Virginia, Faison is the son of Carmena (née Gantt) and Edgar Faison.

Frankie Faison Education

Faison studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity. He also went to NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1974.

Frankie Faison Career

Faison began his acting career in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear, with James Earl Jones in the title role in 1974. Faison would later appear alongside Jones in the Broadway premiere of Fences, for which he received a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. His next role came in 1979 in TV, in the short-lived series Hot Hero Sandwich. He didn’t make it to the big screen until 1980, when he appeared as “Man in Lobby” in Permanent Vacation.

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Faison played a string of small roles followed until 1986, when he played the part of Lt. Fisk in Manhunter. Also that year, Faison appeared in the comedy The Money Pit and in the Stephen King film Maximum Overdrive as an unruly construction worker. He appeared in 1988, together with Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones in Coming to America in the role of a landlord and won a minor role in Do the Right Thing, a 1989 Spike Lee film. He is notable for being the most frequent actor to appear in adaptations of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal books: together with Manhunter, he also appeared in The Silence of the Lambs as Lector’s jailer Barney, the sequel Hannibal and the prequel Red Dragon.
During the 1990–1991 season, Faison starred in the Fox situation comedy True Colors with Nancy Walker and Stephanie Faracy about an interracial couple. Faison was replaced by Cleavon Little for the second season of the program. Faison again appeared together with Hopkins in the film Freejack in 1991, which also starred Mick Jagger and Maximum Overdrive co-star Emilio Estevez. Faison was a regular on the science-fiction TV show Prey. Faison played the role of Jim Lewis in the 2003 film Gods and Generals, a freed-slave, who shares his religious faith and optimism with CSA General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson as the General’s personal cook. Faison starred as JoJo Anderson in The Cookout in 2004 and appeared in White Chicks. He had a starring role as the Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ervin Burrell on the HBO drama The Wire.
He appeared in Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns, a movie about a single mother who takes her family to Georgia for the funeral of her father—a man she never met. There, her clan is introduced to the crass, fun-loving Brown family. Faison played the role of Brown and Vera’s brother, L.B. Brown. Faison was also among the ensemble cast of John Krasinski’s adaptation in 2009 of Brief Interviews With Hideous Men playing the son of a toilet attendant who caustically recounts his father’s experiences in one of the titular monologues.
From 2009 through 2012, Faison played Richard Evans on One Life to Live. He has also appeared in episodes of Blue Bloods, as an assistant police commissioner, which also stars Tom Selleck. Faison’s main film role in this period was in the film Adam as Harlan. Faison also appeared in a third season episode of Lie to Me.
He played on the Cinemax program Banshee as Sugar Bates, a prizefighter turned tavernkeeper. Faison appeared as Henry “Pop” Hunter in the Netflix series Luke Cage and played a supporting role in the 2016 Amazon Studios original special An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win.

Frankie Faison Movies

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1980

Permanent Vacation

Man in Lobby

1981

Ragtime

Gang Member No. 1

1982

Cat People

Detective Brandt

1982

A Little Sex

Electrician

1982

Hanky Panky

Cop Driver

1984

C.H.U.D.

Sergeant Parker

1984

Exterminator 2

Be Gee

1986

The Money Pit

James

1986

Maximum Overdrive

Handy

1986

Manhunter

Lieutenant Fisk

1988

Coming to America

Mr. Townsend

1988

Mississippi Burning

Eulogist

1989

Do the Right Thing

Coconut Sid

1990

Betsy’s Wedding

Zack Monroe

1991

The Silence of the Lambs

Barney Matthews

1991

City of Hope

Levonne

1992

Freejack

Eagle Man

1993

Sommersby

Joseph

1993

Money for Nothing

Madigan

1994

I Love Trouble

Police Chief

1995

Roommates

Professor Martin

1996

The Stupids

The Lloyd

1996

Mother Night

Robert Sterling Wilson

1996

The Rich Man’s Wife

Detective Ron Lewis

1997

Albino Alligator

Agent Marv Rose

1997

Julian Po

Sheriff Leon

1998

Jaded

Henry Broker

1999

The Thomas Crown Affair

Detective Paretti

1999

A Little Inside

Tom Donner

1999

Oxygen

Phil Kline

2000

Where the Money Is

Security Guard

2001

The Sleepy Time Gal

Jimmy Dupree

2001

Hannibal

Barney Matthews

2001

Down to Earth

Whitney Daniels

2001

Thirteen Conversations About One Thing

Richard ‘Dick’ Lacey

2002

Showtime

Captain Winship

2002

Red Dragon

Barney Matthews

2003

Gods and Generals

Jim Lewis

2004

Highwaymen

Will Macklin

2004

America Brown

Coach Bryant

2004

White Chicks

Chief Elliott Gordon

2004

Messengers

Tom Mabry

2004

The Cookout

Jojo Andersen

2004

Crutch

Jerry

2004

In Good Company

Corwin

2006

Premium

Phil

2007

My Blueberry Nights

Travis

2008

Meet the Browns

L.B.

2009

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Subject #42

2009

Adam

Harlan

2009

Splinterheads

Pope

2009

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Rhamus Twobellies

2009

For Sale by Owner

Gene Woodman

2009

Breaking Point

Judge Green

2011

Mayor Cupcake

Lenny Davis

2012

Cowgirls ‘n Angels

Augustus

2013

Tio Papi

Gilly

2013

Danger Word

Grandpa Joe

Short film

2014

Clipped Wings, They Do Fly

Mayor Goode

2014

Assumption of Risk

Dr. Paulson

2014

Away from Here

Carl

2016

An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win

Frank Ellison

2016

Smoke Filled Lungs

Stanley

2017

The Case for Christ

Joe Dubois

2017

The Sounding

Roland

2018

An Actor Prepares

Deacon Frank Dodge

2019

Grudge

Filming

Frankie Faison TV Shows

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1974

Great Performances

Captain

Episode: “King Lear”

1983

The Edge of Night

Ralph Pettibone

Episode: “16919”

Sessions

Intern

Television film

1985

Search for Tomorrow

Willard Clovis

Episode: “18643”

Kate & Allie

Detective

Episode: “The Bad Seed”

1987

The Equalizer

Zudo

Episode: “Mission: McCall: Part 1”

1989

A Man Called Hawk

Mr. Carver

Episode: “Choice of Chance”

Monsters

Jack Lyle

Episode: “The Mandrake Root”

1990

Law & Order

Lester Crawford

Episode: “Out of the Half-Light”

1990–91

True Colors

Ron Freeman

33 episodes

1994

The Spider and the Fly

Detective Turner

Television film

1995

The Langoliers

Don Gaffney

Two-part miniseries

1996

New York Undercover

Captain Wilton

Episode: “Fire Show”

1997

Oz

Cornelius Keane

Episode: “Capital P”

1997–98

Cosby

Ron

2 episodes

1998

Prey

Ray Peterson

13 episodes

1998–99

All My Children

Frank Dawson

4 episodes

2001

Call Me Claus

Dwayne

Television film

2002–08

The Wire

Ervin Burrell

40 episodes

2007–08

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

FBI Agent Tom Nickerson

2 episodes

2008

Army Wives

General Baxter

Episode: “Departures, Arrivals”

2008–12

One Life to Live

Richard Evans

25 episodes

2009

Grey’s Anatomy

William Bailey

Episode: “Holidaze”

2010

Blue Bloods

Jeffords

Episode: “Samaritan”

Lie to Me

Teddy

Episode: “Smoked”

2010–15

The Good Wife

Jeremiah Easton

4 episodes

2013

Grey’s Anatomy

William Bailey

Episode: “Things We Said Today”

Elementary

Judge Brewster O’Hare

Episode: “Tremors”

2013–16

Banshee

Sugar Bates

35 episodes

2014

Unforgettable

Mayor Beverly

Episode: “Omega Hour”

Black Box

Wade

Episode: “Sing Like Me”

Forever

Pepper Evans

Episode: “6 A.M.”

2016

Luke Cage

Henry “Pop” Hunter

2 episodes

2017

The Good Fight

Jeremiah Easton

Episode: “Reddick v Boseman”

Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television

Captain Jackson #5

Episode: “Hungry for Justice”

2018

Grey’s Anatomy

William Bailey

Episode: “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper”

Hawaii Five-0

Leroy Davis

Episode: “Aohe Mea Make I Ka Hewa; Make No I Ka Mihi Ole”

2019

The Village

Ron

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