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Frank and Blanchard on All My Children, 1974.
April 17, 1947|
Olympia, Washington, USA
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Blanchard-Frank (since 1977)|
|Children||Katherine F. Koegen|
Charles Reser Frank (born April 17, 1947) is an American actor noted for playing Bret Maverick's cousin Ben Maverick in the 1978 TV-movie The New Maverick with James Garner and Jack Kelly, and in the short-lived 1979 television series Young Maverick. He graduated with the class of 1969 from Middlebury College in Vermont.
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From 1970-74 (and again in 1988 and 1995), Frank played Dr. Jeff Martin on the ABC soap opera All My Children. In 2006, it was announced that the character would be taken over by John James, formerly of ABC's Dynasty series.
He also appeared twice on two episodes of M*A*S*H and once on the CBS family drama, Three for the Road. In 1977 Frank costarred with Deborah Winters and Claude Akins in the television horror film, Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo, directed by Stuart Hagmann. In 1977 Frank played the murder victim in the Columbo episode entitled, "Try And Catch Me".In the second season of Barney Miller he appeared in the episode "Massage Parlor".
In 1979, he appeared as Lester Hackett in four episodes in the CBS miniseries The Chisholms; when the production resumed in 1980, he was replaced in the role by Reid Smith. In 1982, Frank portrayed independently wealthy Stanley Beck on the short lived series Filthy Rich. He costarred with Dennis Weaver in CBS's short-lived (1983–84) Emerald Point N.A.S.. Frank played Jack Warren, who was married to Susan Dey's character, Celia Mallory, who in the series divorces him to marry another lieutenant, Simon Adams, played by Richard Dean Anderson, later ABCs MacGyver.
His film credits include The One and Only (1978), The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2 (1978) and Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry (1986). In 1983 Frank played astronaut Scott Carpenter in the movie version of Tom Wolfe's novel The Right Stuff. He also appeared as the husband of his real-life wife Susan Blanchard in the 1987 film Russkies.
Frank was reunited with former co-star Dixie Carter (she played his snide and snobby sister in-law, Carlotta) on her CBS series, Designing Women. In a 1992 episode, he played Mark, a date of her character, Julia.
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