Frank Whaley Biography (1963-)

Born July 20, 1963, in Syracuse, NY; son of Robert W. and Josephine (maiden name, Timilione) Whaley; brother of Robert Whaley (a musician, composer, and actor); married Heather Bucha (a playwright and actress; divorced). Addresses: Agent: Jeff Witjas, Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Manager: Alan Iezman, Shelter Entertainment, 9255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Actor, musician, director, writer
Birth Details
July 20, 1963
Syracuse, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Young Francis Phelan, Ironweed, TriStar, 1987
  • Younger Archie "Moonlight" Graham, Field of Dreams (also known asShoeless Joe), Universal, 1989
  • Boy, Little Monsters, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989
  • Timmy, Born on the Fourth of July, Universal, 1989
  • Steve Bushak, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990
  • Michael Latchmer, Cold Dog Soup, 1990
  • Robby Kreiger, The Doors, TriStar, 1991
  • Jim Dodge, Career Opportunities (also known as One Wild Night), Universal, 1991
  • Lee Harvey Oswald imposter (in director's cut only), JFK, 1991
  • Archer Sloan, Back in the U.S.S.R., Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Paul "Father" Mundy, A Midnight Clear, InterStar Releasing, 1992
  • Young kid, Hoffa, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • Arvid, Swing Kids, Buena Vista, 1993
  • Brett, Pulp Fiction, Miramax, 1994
  • Guy, Swimming with Sharks (also known as The Boss, The Buddy Factor, and The Director), Trimark Pictures, 1994
  • Frank, I.Q., 1994
  • Archie Landrum, Homage, Arrow Releasing, 1995
  • Mickey Jelke, Cafe Society, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1995
  • Joey, The Winner, Live Entertainment/Norstar Entertainment, 1996
  • Himself, Cannes Man (also known as Canne$ Man), Rocket Pictures Home Video, 1996
  • Giles Prentice, Broken Arrow, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • Brian, Retroactive, Orion Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • Brett (in archive footage), You're Still Not Fooling Anybody, 1997
  • Skee-ball Weasel, Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God ... Be Back by Five, Phaedra Cinema, 1998
  • Brett Conway, Curtain Call (also known as Later Life), Ardustry Home Entertainment, 1999
  • (Uncredited) Narrator, Two Family House, Lions Gate Films, 2000
  • Franky Syde, Glam, Storm Entertainment, 2001
  • Oliver, Pursuit of Happiness, Showcase Entertainment, 2001
  • Jimmy O'Brien (title role), The Jimmy Show, First Look Media, 2002
  • Lynny, Chelsea Walls (also known as Chelsea Hotel), Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • (Uncredited) Ralph Mandy, Red Dragon (also known as Roter Drache), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • Chad, A Good Night to Die, Regent Entertainment, 2003
  • Battle of the Bands director, The School of Rock, Paramount, 2003
  • Film Director
  • Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry and Pleasant ViewAvenue), Trimark Pictures, 1999
  • The Jimmy Show, First Look Media, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Bob Jones, Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998
  • Christopher Wey, The Dead Zone (also known as Stephen King's Dead Zone), USA Network, 2003
  • Movies
  • Arnie Woods, Unconquered (also known as Invictus), CBS, 1989
  • Joey, Flying Blind, NBC, 1990
  • James, "To Dance with the White Dog," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS,1993
  • Lee Harvey Oswald/Alik, Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (also known as Marina's Story), NBC, 1993
  • Walter Cooper, The Desperate Trail, TNT, 1995
  • Malcolm, Bombshell, 1996
  • Cole, "My Brother's Keeper," Dead Man's Gun, ABC, 1997
  • Medic Chamberlain, When Trumpets Fade (also known as HamburgerHill 2), 1998
  • Bishop, The Wall, Showtime, 1998
  • Specials
  • Jeff Dillon, "Seasonal Differences," ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1987
  • Scott McNichol, "Soldier Boys," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1987
  • Voice of Alexander Graham Bell, The Telephone, PBS, 1997
  • Interviewee, Outer Limits Farewell Tribute, Showtime, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Sonny Day, Life on the Flipside (also known as Homeward Bound and Pop Rock), NBC, 1988
  • Bad News Mr. Swanson, FX Channel, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Allen Kogan, Shake, Rattle, and Roll: An American Love Story (alsoknown as Shake, Rattle, and Roll), CBS, 1999
  • Episodic
  • Evicted boy, "The Road Back," Spenser: For Hire, 1987
  • Himself, "Super Robby," The State, 1995
  • Henry Marshall, "The Conversion," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1995
  • Zig Fowler and Cliff Unger, "Zig Zag," The Outer Limits, Showtimeand syndicated, 2000
  • John McDowell, "Access Nation," Law & Order, NBC, 2002
  • Martin, "Future Trade," The Twilight Zone, 2002
  • Appeared in "Time Is on My Side," an episode of Strange Frequency,VH1.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Cob, Tigers Wild, Playhouse 91, New York City, 1986
  • Andrew, The Years, Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Theatre State I, New York City, 1993
  • Jimmy Bonaparte, Veins and Thumbtacks, Malaparte Theatre Company,Theatre Row Theatre, New York City, 1994
  • Jacob, Hesh, Malaparte Theatre Company, Theatre Row Theatre, 1994
  • Tom Casey, The Great Unwashed, Malaparte Theatre Company, TheatreRow Theatre, 1994
  • Peter Hogancamp, The Size of the World, Circle Repertory Company,Circle in the Square Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Also appeared in a production of Good Evening.
  • Stage Director
  • Gin-Jazz-Love-Drama, Rich Forum Theatre, Stamford, CT, 2003
  • Audio Books
  • Narrator, Born to Steal: When the Mafia Hit Wall Street, by Gary Weiss, Warner Books, 2003
  • Videos
  • Himself, The Road of Excess, 1997
  • Screenplays
  • Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry and Pleasant ViewAvenue), Trimark Pictures, 1999
  • The Jimmy Show, First Look Media, 2002

Further Reference


    • Back Stage, April 5, 1996, p. 5
    • Entertainment Weekly, April 25, 1997, p. 81
    • Madison, October, 1999, pp. 32-33

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