Actor, Director, let’s just say it — He’s #1
In 1987 it took Jonathan Frakes six weeks and seven auditions to win the role of Commander William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. That might seem like a lot of work for a pilot episode, but that six weeks led to a long and productive run on one of television’s most loved and revered shows. The hard work during the seven years of Star Trek: The Next Generation gave him valuable experience as both an actor and director.
Frakes reprised his Riker role on the Star Trek spin-offs Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. However, not content to stay on the lens side of the camera, Frakes jumped at the opportunity (on Star Trek: TNG) to step behind the camera and learn directing skills that translated into continuous work on film and television.
Jonathan has appeared on numerous genre shows including: Leverage, Family Guy, Star Trek: Enterprise, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Roswell, Gargoyles, The Paranormal Borderline (host), Lois & Clark, Wings, The Twilight Zone, North and South (mini-series), Falcon Crest (Damon Ross), Paper Dolls (Sandy Parris), Remington Steele, The Fall Guy, Bare Essence (Marcus Marshall), and Voyagers!
Mr. Frakes additionally appeared in the following genre Film and TV Movies: The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Star Trek Nemesis, Clockstoppers, Dying to Live, Star Trek: First Contact, Brothers of the Frontier, and Star Trek: Generations.
After getting a taste of directing on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mr. Frakes has focused increasingly on his directorial pursuits. He has helmed many television episodes and films: NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, The Good Guys, Leverage, V, Castle, Dollhouse, The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, Masters of Science Fiction, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines, Thunderbirds, The Twilight Zone, Clockstoppers, Roswell, Star Patrol, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – just to name a few.