August 4, 1944|
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 1998
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
William Frankfather (August 4, 1944 – December 28, 1998) was an American film and television actor.
Frankfather guest starred in many popular television series of the late 20th century including MacGyver, Night Court, The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, Murphy Brown, Picket Fences, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Melrose Place, Empty Nest, Wings, NYPD Blue, and Mama's Family.
He performed on many theater stages, including on Broadway in the original cast of Children of a Lesser God. He was a 25-year member of Theatre 40, a professional theater company in Beverly Hills, California, United States. He was artistic director of Theatre 40 for five years up to June 1998.
His feature film credits include Mouse Hunt, The Rocketeer, Death Becomes Her, but is best remembered on-screen for his menacing performance as Whitey Jackson, the killer albino, in the 1978 comedy film Foul Play.
Frankfather died at University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center December 28, 1998, from complications of liver disease. He was 54. Frankfather is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and his son, Richard.
- Foul Play (1978) - Whitey Jackson
- Inside Moves (1980) - Fryer
- Pennies From Heaven (1981) - Pool Player
- Flashpoint (1984) - Lacy
- Alamo Bay (1985) - Mac
- Invaders from Mars (1986) - Ed, Heather's father
- Harry and the Hendersons (1987) - Schwarz
- Baby Boom (1987) - Merle White
- Defense Play (1988) - General Phillips
- War Party (1988) - The Governor
- Valentino Returns (1989)
- "Tales from the crypt" - (TV Show - 1990 - Season 2 - episode 18)
- The Rocketeer (1991) - Government Liaison
- Cool World (1992) - Cop
- Death Becomes Her (1992) - Mr. Franklin
- Little Sister (1992) - Dad
- Born Yesterday (1993) - Sen. Kelley
- Take My Breath Away (1993) - Warden
- When a Man Loves a Woman (1994) - Al-Anon Leader
- Do Me a Favor (1997) - Gus
- MouseHunt (1997) - Mr. Texas
- Rough Draft (1998) - Officer Joe
- William Frankfather on Internet Movie Database
- William Frankfather at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
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