I sat down with Frankie Faison on Monday to chat about his new NBC series THE VILLAGE. Although the show is new Frankie is no stranger to the game. You know his work, even if you don’t know his real name. He has receipts in this industry that include some of your favorite movies.
About The Show: The Village is an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything – even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The Cast: Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint, and Grace Van Dien.
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Frankie’s Acting Receipts: 1988, he appeared alongside Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” and earned a role in the 1989 Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing.” Faison is notable for being the actor to appear most frequently in adaptations of Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” books. Along with “Manhunter,” he also appeared as Lecter’s jailer, Barney, in “The Silence of the Lambs,” the sequel, “Hannibal,” and the prequel, “Red Dragon.”
Other film roles include Tyler Perry’s “Meet the Browns,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Gods and Generals,” “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and John Krasinski’s adaptation of “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.”
On the television side, Faison is well known to many as Baltimore City Police Commissioner Ervin Burrell on HBO’s critically applauded drama “The Wire.” His many other credits include “Blue Bloods,” “Lie to Me,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Elementary,” “Banshee” and “Luke Cage.”
Fun Fact: He started his acting career in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear,” with James Earl Jones in the title role. Faison would later appear opposite Jones in the Broadway premiere of “Fences,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
He has 45+ years in the game and still going strong!
The Village is a show that proves “Love is the thread that connects us all”.