Award winning actor, Frankie Faison, who is coming off a big win for lead actor at the 2021 Gotham Awards for his performance in THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, now stars as the male lead opposite Whoopi Goldberg in the critically acclaimed film TILL (only in theaters on Friday, October 14), which tells the tragic story of Emmett Till, a young boy who was lynched and killed in Money, MS in 1955.
TILL is the true story of ‘Mamie Till-Mobley’s’ relentless pursuit of justice for her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched in 1955 while visiting his cousins in Mississippi. In the film, Faison portrays ‘John Carthan,’ father of Mamie Till and Emmett Till’s grandfather. With a powerful performance from Frankie who was 6 years old at the time when the horrific events took place historically, his experience from growing up in that era only adds to his performance throughout the film.
TILL | Official Trailer | MGM Studios
A spin off of the successful ABC series “The Rookie,” “The Rookie: Feds” focuses on the experience of Simone Clark (Niecy Nash), who became an FBI agent at the age of 48 after a long career in education. In the series. Franke brings to life ‘Christopher “Cutty” Clark’ who is also Simone’s father.
Born and raised in Newport News, Virginia, Frankie was drawn to the theatre and arts from the young age of 6 through his church. Eventually he would go on to continue acting in school plays all the way through elementary and high school before attending Illinois Wesleyan University and then continuing his education at NYU in their theatre graduate program.
Known for his humble nature and professionalism on any set, Frankie prides himself on being an actor’s actor with an illustrious career to back it up spanning nearly 50 years in film and television, and even longer with his numerous theatre credits. Some of those credits include HBO’s “The Wire,” COMING TO AMERICA, DO THE RIGHT THING, THE KILLING OF KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, Cinemax’s “Banshee,” THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, WHITE CHICKS, and FOX’s “True Colors,” to name a few.
When Frankie is not busy in front of the camera or on stage performing, he can be found spending time with his wife Samantha, his children and grandchildren, as well as splitting his time between Southern California and New Jersey living a bi-costal lifestyle. Frankie is also an avid foodie and has even created his own granola recipe that can be found in his wife’s shops in New Jersey and is a favorite among cast members he’s worked with on various projects.