15 Facts About Franklyn Seales


Franklyn Seales was an American film, television and stage actor.


Franklyn Seales was known for his portrayals of business manager Dexter Stuffins in the 1980s sitcom Silver Spoons, and real-life convicted cop killer Jimmy Lee Smith in the 1979 film The Onion Field.


Franklyn Vincent Ellison Seales was born on July 15,1952, the fifth eldest of eight siblings, in Calliaqua to Francis Seales, a merchant seaman and government employee, and Olive Seales, a homemaker.


Franklyn Seales originally intended to study at the Pratt Institute to pursue a career in art.


However, in the early 1970s, Franklyn Seales agreed to accompany an aspiring-actress friend to an audition at the Juilliard School.


Franklyn Seales was the first and only known graduate of Juilliard to hail from St Vincent.


Franklyn Seales made his breakthrough in 1978 with the PBS drama, Trial of the Moke, portraying Lt.


Franklyn Seales went on to appear in The Onion Field, in which he portrayed real-life convicted cop killer Jimmy Lee Smith.


Franklyn Seales appeared in the 1981 film, Southern Comfort, in which he portrayed Rifleman Cleotis Simms.


Franklyn Seales came to do other television and became a regular on Silver Spoons, a situation comedy of the early 1980s in which he portrayed Dexter Stuffins from 1983 to 1987.


Franklyn Seales appeared on episodes of Hill Street Blues and Amen.


Franklyn Seales was the Last Person on Earth in Sade-Sack, or How to Live After the Asprocalisp, and he starred in Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle.


Franklyn Seales started noticing symptoms of AIDS-related illness on the set of Amen and had been unable to work regularly for the last couple years of his life.


On May 14,1990, Franklyn Seales died at age 37 from complications of AIDS at his family's residence in Brooklyn.


Franklyn Seales was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the Caribbean Sea.