STAR TREK: TNG
Jonathan Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films. Frakes also hosted the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, challenging viewers to discern his stories of fact-based phenomena and fabricated tales. In June 2011, Frakes narrated the History Channel documentary Lee and Grant.
Frakes is also known as the voice of villain David Xanatos in the Disney television series Gargoyles.
Frakes is one of only two Star Trek regulars to appear on four different Star Trek series (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyagerand Star Trek: Enterprise). The only other regular to match or exceed that number is Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who appeared in five of the television series.
He has also directed episodes in four of the series (TNG, DS9, VOY, and DIS), and was a popular and innovative director on the Star Trek set, often finding completely new ways to shoot the show’s familiar sets. His directing career has included the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection. Additionally, Frakes was an executive producer for the WB series Roswell, directed several episodes, and guest-starred in three episodes.
Frakes has also directed episodes of Roswell, Leverage, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, Burn Notice, Falling Skies and most recently Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Switched at Birth, Hit the Floor, and The Librarians.
Frakes works with the Workshops, the Waterfall Arts Center, and the Saltwater Film Society, all located in Maine, where he teaches classes on film direction.