Starting out, Jonathan Frakes is one of the actors that grew their career within a short period of time with credits linked to the Mavis Comics series; Captain America. After making a name for himself on set, he decided to venture into film directing and of course, has proven that he is perfect at everything he does as it pertains to films. Frakes also starred and directed the popular American science fiction television series, Star Trek for over 25 years and counting and has remained a stalwart fixture of the series.
Born on August 19, 1952, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Jonathan is the son of Doris and Dr. James R. Frakes. He was raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and is from German and English descent. His father was a critic and editor for the New York Times Book Review and was also a professor in English Literature at Lehigh University. Jonathan Frakes had a younger brother who died in 1997 after suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Regarding his education, he attended Bethlehem’s Liberty High School where he graduated in 1970. While at the high school, he was very active in sports as a sprinter. He later proceeded to the Pennsylvania State University and in 1974 earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. At the University, he belonged to the Thespians and an MA society.
Initially, when Jonathan ventured into acting, he started out as Captain American; the Marvel Comics series as well as working with the Impossible Regime Theater. His craze to grow his career made him move to New York and within a short period, he landed a role in the Broadway play, Ѕhеnаndоаh. That project announced his acting skills to the world leading to several minor and major roles on television series. It was exactly in 1987 that he became a cast in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The project Star Trek became globally known and was one of the most watched television series that period. With the rise in his career, he later made a film appearance in the movie, Franchise. For his performances in the project, Jonathan Frakes was nominated for the Вlосkbuѕtеr Еntеrtаіnmеnt Аwаrd аnd Нugо Аwаrdѕ but unfortunately didn’t get to take home any one of them.
Jonathan moved into directing films and became one of the best directors the movie industry has ever produced. In fact, he stood a chance during the 1996 nomination for the Saturn Award. A few of his works as a director includes; Тhundеrbіrdѕ, Сlосkѕtорреrѕ, Тhе Lіbrаrіаn: Сurѕе оf thе Јudаѕ Сhаlісе and more to come.
Jonathan Frakes’ Wife and Children (Family)
Love they say is a beautiful thing but the most beautiful part of love is meeting someone who practically thinks and understands you. Jonathan Frakes fell in love with his better half, Genie Francis while both of them were playing different roles on the soap opera; Bare Essence. You can imagine the thoughts of the producers, co-actors, and directors while the two were on set, we could take a bet that they all felt that the chemistry between the two was just fictional, little did they know, that the couple had been stung by love bees while on set.
Well, while noses were poking in the couple’s business to find out if the assumed chemistry between them really existed, the couple while filming the mini-series North and South confirmed their love journey.
Eventually, Jonathan and Genie started dating in 1985 and in the following year, they got engaged. Two years after that, precisely on the 28th of May, 1988, they sealed their union in an elaborate marriage ceremony. They have two children; Jameson Ivor Frakes and Elizabeth Francis Frakes.
From Jonathan Frakes’ looks, one could easily tell that he is aging, he has a lot of beards that have turned grey. That regardless, his handsome face still remains intact as old age hasn’t deprived him of his gorgeous looks. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches with a balanced weight of 84 Kg.
Considering the fact that Jonathan Frakes had been active on screen for over four decades, nothing less is expected from him especially when it comes to his money bag. After the release of the movie, Ѕtаr Тrеk: Тhе Nехt Gеnеrаtіоn, sources say that he made over $100,000 and in less than a decade, in the release of the movie’s sequel, Ѕtаr Тrеk: Fіrѕt Соntасt, he made over $5 million. With the rise in his career, he has made more money since the release of those movies. As of when this article was written, Frakes is estimated to be worth $16 million.