Shawn Fonteno

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Shawn Fonteno
Born Shawn Darnell Fonteno
Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American
Other names Solo
Occupation Actor, voice actor, rapper
Years active 2000–present
Children 1
Relatives Young Maylay (cousin)

Shawn Darnell Fonteno, also known as Solo, is an American actor and rapper who is best known as the voice and the acting performer of Franklin Clinton from the video game Grand Theft Auto V.[1] Fonteno's performance in Grand Theft Auto V was mainly recorded using motion capture technology.[1]

Early life[edit]

Fonteno was raised in Watts, Los Angeles. He joined a number of gangs and sold drugs, but a near-fatal shooting prompted him to seek a career in music and acting.[1] He is cousins with Young Maylay, who voiced Carl Johnson, the protagonist of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.[2]

Acting career[edit]

Fonteno has also acted in films such as The Wash.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 3 Strikes Big Mo
2001 The Wash Face
2017 Grow House Bam


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Playboy Morning Show Franklin Clinton 71 episodes
2016 The Christian Show Franklin Clinton 4 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Grove Street Families gang member Tarnell Credited as Solo
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Franklin Clinton Voice and motion capture
2014 Watch Dogs Lee Harvey Voice and motion



Year Nominee/work Award Result
Grand Theft Auto V Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a Video Game[a] Nominated


  1. ^ (with Ned Luke, Steven Ogg, Gerald Johnson, Vicki Van Tassel, Abdel Gonzalez, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Traci Godfrey, Janet Hubert, Ryan Woodle, Thomas Poarch, Will Cart, Keith Randolph Smith, Jackie Long, and Joe Curnutte)
  1. ^ a b c Molina, Brett (9 October 2013). "Interview: Crime pays for 'Grand Theft Auto V' actors". USA Today. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ "IGN's GTA 5 Panel - NY Comic Con 2013". IGN. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  3. ^ "Shawn Fonteno". The New York Times.

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