Jonathan Frakes, born August 19 1952, is a Television director, author and actor.
Jonathan Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Frakes directed and also starred in Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection. He is also the author of a novel called The Abductors: Conspiracy.
He has done animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles, and he provided the voice of his own head in a jar in the Futurama episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before". He also reprised his role of Riker for a Next Generation cutaway on an episode of Family Guy that also featured his co-stars Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn as their respective roles of Picard and Worf.
Later, he again played himself on another Family Guy episode, where all seven main TNG actors made voice appearances. He is also one of six Star Trek actors (the other actors being Kate Mulgrew, Michael Dorn, George Takei, Avery Brooks and Majel Barrett) to lend their voices to the video game Star Trek: Captain's Chair reprising his role as Commander William T. Riker when users visit the Enterprise-D bridge featured in the game.
Frakes is one of only two Star Trek regulars to appear on four different Star Trek series (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise). He has also directed episodes in three of them and was a popular and innovative director on the Star Trek set. His directing career has included the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. His relationship with Star Trek is made light of in the episode "Secrets and Lies", in which the alien character Max auditions for a guest role as an alien for Star Trek: Enterprise.
Frakes has directed episodes of Burn Notice, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Leverage and most recently Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Frakes was also the voice of Finn the Human's adult version in the episodes "Puhoy" and "Dungeon Train" on Adventure Time.
During Falling SkiesEdit
In 2013, he joined the crew of the third season of the Steven Spielberg alien-invasion drama Falling Skies. He served as an episodic director for the show, directing the episode "Journey to Xilbalba" in Season 3. He later returned in 2014 to direct the episode "Door Number Three" in Season 4.
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