The Mark Frankel Appreciation Page

This page is dedicated to my fellow appreciators of the brilliant light that was Mark Frankel.

In Loving Memory

Mark Frankel 13th of June 1962-24th of September 1996.

Eternal Peace!

"The saddest thing about his tragic death is that we are all deprived of memories to come. I already miss his future and his part in mine", Gary Sinyor (friend and director).
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Mark graduated in drama at the Webber Douglas Academy. He went on to star as the leading role in several British stage productions, such as "Days of Cavafy". It was here that he came to the attention of director Gary Sinyor, who needed a male lead for his movie "Leon, the Pig Farmer". The two were to become very close friends. The success of this movie gained Mark roles in other major productions such as the part of Michelangelo in "A Season of Giants", which also featured F. Murray Abraham & Ian Holm as well as the part of Count Grigorij Orlov in the BBC production "Young Catherine" with Julia Ormond, Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Plummer. Mark then decided to go to Hollywood,where he was given the recurring role of billionaire recluse Simon Bolt in the top rated US show "Sisters" starring opposite Sela Ward. It was through the filming of "Sisters" that he was invited to take up the role as all-action hero Carlton Dial in "Fortune Hunter", a tongue-in-cheek television series inspired by the Bond-movies. Returning to England he once again joined forces with friend Gary Sinyor to make the romantic comedy "Solitaire For 2",which also starred Amanda Pays & Maryam d'Abo. "It was typical of him (and natural for him) to put faith in a low budget feature being made by a friend. Every time a film school student offered him a short film, you could sense his American agent sweating..." says Sinyor. In this second venture with Sinyor Mark starred as a body-language expert named Daniel, who in his spare time romances women and pretends to conduct orchestras. "That part was easy", Frankel said. "My grandfather was a conductor for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and my grandmother was a pianist." Amanda Pays is the love-interest with am ability to read people's minds."It's really fun," Mark said. "It's not anything heavy, just a good time." Then in 1996 came the all too short tv-series that made him immortal: Aaron Spelling's "Kindred: The Embraced", which was based on the RPG "Vampire: The Masquerade" created by Mark Rein-Hagen, who also co-produced. In "Kindred,the Embraced" Mark played Julian Luna, the vampire prince of San Francisco. In the role of the elegant, peace-loving Ventrue prince Mark was at his most appealing as the viewers watced him battle for justice and his own humanity. His shocking death came when his Harley Davidson collided with a lorry in London's West End. Though Mark was taken to hospital he died there some hours later. His last movie "For Roseanna" aka "Roseanna's Grave" in which he starred with Jean Reno and Mercedes Ruehl was released after his death. Mark had a very strong presence that he lent to all his characters making each of them memorable whether it was comedy, action, fantasy or historical drama. He was the kind of person you wanted to reach out and touch on the screen to be near him in some way.

Mark leaves behind fans all over the world. May his spirit live in us forever!

"I feel that life's there to be lived because I know how short it can be."-Mark Frankel
Quotations are from an interview with Mark and a comment by Sinyor following Mark's death.

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