Jonathan Frakes plays Commander William Riker, the U.S.S. Enterprise's executive officer and second-in-command. "Riker's job is to provide Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) with the most efficiently-run ship and the best prepared crew he can," Jonathan explains. "As a result, he maintains a more military bearing than the other…more
Jonathan was a psychology major in college. He then decided to transfer to the theater arts department, because he saw how much fun the actors were having.
Jonathan is the son-in-law of actor Ivor Francis.
Jonathan has a son, Jameson Ivor, who was born on the 20th of August in 1994.
He started a mini directing career by directing a show that he had a starring role in. (Star Trek: TNG, Episode "The Offspring".)
Jonathan is the only Star Trek regular that appeared in 4 different Star Trek shows.
Jonathan played the same role in 3 different Star Trek series and in Deep Space Nine he played his character's twin-brother who pretended to be William Riker.
Jonathan's nickname is: Two-Takes Frakes.
Jonathan marched trombone in Blue Band at Penn State University.
He and Leonard Nimoy have both directed two Star Trek movies. In both cases, one of the films was a time travel story. In addition, both he and Nimoy were best known as the first officer of the USS Enterprise from their respective Star Trek series/movies.
Jonathan is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.
Jonathan Frakes:I think the audience really likes to see people again whom they have identified with. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if they tried to use some of us in something.
Jonathan Frakes: I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us - as actors, writers, directors.
Jonathan Frakes: I just finished another movie here at Paramount called Clockstoppers which is about time travel and has a science fiction bent so I'm determined, or they are, whoever they are, to keep me close to other planets.
Jonathan Frakes: But nothing really felt like it was going to take off the way that Star Trek did, before that.
Jonathan Frakes: When I produced Roswell, it was clear to me that my value to that show was as a director, because I was not a writer, and I wasn't a line producer.
Jonathan: (On the movie "Star Trek: Insurrection") I'm proud of it and thankful that it happened... and may it live long and prosper.
Jonathan: I was a psych major until I saw how much fun the actors were having, and I decided I'd transfer over to the theater arts department.
Jonathan: When I was younger I fancied the idea of being a jazz trombone player - playing all those wonderful standards night after night - and before that I wanted to be a psychiatrist. But now, I'd be happy to just have a bait shop.
Jonathan: I see people who I think may have substituted a family with Star Trek. But, I suppose, that's not such a bad thing.
Jonathan: It would be great to see Riker and Troi go out and have their own event. I'd be thrilled. Marina [Sirtis] and I had always talked about doing a half hour Star Trek sitcom - an idea we were half kidding about. The Riker's in Space.
Jonathan: One of the problems with Enterprise was that there has been four Star Trek series before it. Even the strength of the real hard-core Trekkers isn't strong enough to carry a show in this marketplace. I have a feeling that some time will allow everyone to have a little more hunger for a new Star Trek endeavour.
Jonathan: (On "Star Trek") I have no qualms about talking about it. I'm very proud of having been a part of it, and it is what has allowed me to do what I'm doing now. It was 18 years of our lives and it has given all of us some wonderful things, not the least of which is our friendships.
Jonathan: I'm fascinated by the musician Duke Ellington and I'd love to see a bio pic about his life and his influence. Again though, It's a hard genre to get the studio to get behind.
Jonathan: (When asked what he likes least about the movie industry) The politics. The talking out of both sides of the face. It's not everyone, but when it does happen, it's embarrassing.
Jonathan: (When asked if he liked acting or directing more) Directing, for me, is a little more fulfilling, in that it's 24/7 and you're a little more involved in the project.
Jonathan Frakes: I think, unfortunately or fortunately, the reality of Hollywood is that if your movie makes money, they'll make another one.
Jonathan Frakes: I think the problem with the soaps is that because they make 280 shows a year, the writing suffers.
Jonathan Frakes: I think that I've been pigeon-holed by virtue of the fact that I've spent so much time in front of a green screen.
Jonathan Frakes: I think in general, you need a bad guy to have someone to root against and I think kids understand a story more clearly if there's an evil element for them to cheer against and to root for the good guys.
Jonathan Frakes: I like contemporary American literature and I like biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and I like writers who write about the human condition and sci-fi is just something that I happened into.
Jonathan Frakes: I have a pretty good handle on who Jonathan Frakes is but it seems to be an ongoing process to learn how to play him accurately.
Jonathan Frakes: I have a lot of kid in me, and I have kids of my own and I like the energy.
Jonathan Frakes: I get an inordinate amount of, diplomatically, let's say odd, mail and scripts and treatments and story ideas and theories and theorems.
Jonathan Frakes: I don't think you ever leave Star Trek for good.
Jonathan Frakes: I don't think there's any reason to be an actor unless you feel deep in your soul that you have to be, because it's not a career that one can count on working in or making a living at.
Jonathan Frakes: I didn't know anything about the original Star Trek outside of the fact that it was a cultural phenomenon.
Jonathan Frakes: I always was - and still am - somehow able to use the amount of money that we have to make the project.
Jonathan Frakes: I always enjoyed going into the holodeck.
Jonathan Frakes: I allow actors to take chances, and I think levity is valuable, and especially peppered properly in a story like this.
Jonathan Frakes: Don't get me wrong, I'm very thankful for all the aliens I've met and loved.
Jonathan Frakes: As an executive producer who's not a writer, my responsibilities are obviously to hire the best people for the jobs and to contribute notes to the scripts and then to the cuts as the shows come in.