Whaley, Frank 1963–

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WHALEY, Frank 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). Education: State University of New York at Albany, B.A., theatre, 1985; trained for the stage at Actors Studio, New York City.

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.

Career: Actor, musician, director, and writer. Naked Angels (theatre company), New York City, founding member and actor; Malaparte Theatre Company, founding member. The Niagras (band), cofounder and drummer.

Awards, Honors: Young Artist Award nomination, outstanding youth ensemble in a motion picture (with others), 1994, for Swing Kids; Grand Jury Prize nomination, dramatic category, and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, both Sundance Film Festival, and nomination for Open Palm Award, Gotham Awards, all 1999, for Joe the King; Feature Film Award, best actor, New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, 2001, for Pursuit of Happiness; Festival Achievement Award, Stony Brook Film Festival, 2002.


Film Appearances:

Young Francis Phelan, Ironweed, TriStar, 1987.

Younger Archie "Moonlight" Graham, Field of Dreams (also known as Shoeless Joe ), Universal, 1989.

Boy, Little Monsters, MetroGoldwynMayer, 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 CenturyFox, 1992.

Paul "Father" Mundy, A Midnight Clear, InterStar Releasing, 1992.

Young kid, Hoffa, Twentieth CenturyFox, 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 CenturyFox, 1996.

Brian, Retroactive, Orion Pictures Entertainment, 1997.

Brett (in archive footage), You're Still Not Fooling Anybody, 1997.

Skeeball 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 ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 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 View Avenue ), 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.

Television Appearances; 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 Hamburger Hill 2 ), 1998.

Bishop, The Wall, Showtime, 1998.

Television Appearances; 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.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sonny Day, Life on the Flipside (also known as Homeward Bound and Pop Rock ), NBC, 1988.

Bad News Mr. Swanson, FX Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Allen Kogan, Shake, Rattle, and Roll: An American Love Story (also known as Shake, Rattle, and Roll ), CBS, 1999.

Television Appearances; 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, Showtime and 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, Theatre Row 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:

GinJazzLoveDrama, Rich Forum Theatre, Stamford, CT, 2003.


Audio Books:

Narrator, Born to Steal: When the Mafia Hit Wall Street, by Gary Weiss, Warner Books, 2003.


Himself, The Road of Excess, 1997.



Joe the King (also known as Joe Henry and Pleasant View Avenue ), Trimark Pictures, 1999.

The Jimmy Show, First Look Media, 2002.



Back Stage, April 5, 1996, p. 5.

Entertainment Weekly, April 25, 1997, p. 81.

Madison, October, 1999, pp. 3233.