William Frankfather

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William Frankfather
Born (1944-08-04)August 4, 1944
Kermit, Texas, U.S.
Died December 28, 1998(1998-12-28) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1976-1998

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 Night Court, The A-Team, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, Murphy Brown, Picket Fences, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Melrose Place, Empty Nest, Wings and NYPD Blue.

Frankfather received his bachelor's and master's degrees, both in English literature, from New Mexico State University, and received a master of fine arts degree in acting from Stanford University.

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.

Frankfather received six DramaLogue awards for acting and producing and, as artistic director of Theatre 40, produced works by playwrights such as Mark Medoff and Sam Shepard.

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.


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