Franklin Ojeda Smith Biography

Place of Birth: Franklin and his siblings joined their mother in
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: Born on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Franklin and his siblings joined their mother in the 'Fort Apache' section of the South Bronx in 1954. A native Gullah speaker, Franklin says, "my dialect was so rich that I was put into classes with students who only spoke Spanish and the teacher spoke neither." Early on he met life long friends and was "adopted" into a Puerto Rican family (The Ojedas). In the South Bronx, he attended the same junior (P.S. 52) and high schools (Morris) as General Colin Powell. As a collegian at Hampton Institute in Virginia, Franklin excelled as a baseball player (he won a national batting championship) but more importantly, he found his grounding in academic life. He is a professor of sociology and has been at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for over thirty-eight years. But he says, "I avoided my secret, inner passion for over forty-five years, then 12 years ago cancer ran me down. I had an epiphany. I said yes! Franklin explains that "back in the day the 'barb wire' was more visible" and early on he chose baseball over acting; then academia and not baseball. Among his principal Television roles are: Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, Rescue Me, The Wire, Law & Order, Cold Case, and Hack. He is excited about his role in the 20th Century Fox film - 'Won't Back Down' starring Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal due out in September, 2012.

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Filmography

Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Cayman Went Aniston Turnkey 2009 Drama, Family
Stapki v pyasaka Jim 2010 Comedy, Drama
Humdinger Harry 2011 Drama
Letting Go Therapist 2012 Drama, Romance
Patric John Reynolds 2013 Drama, Fantasy
Pacing the Cage Psychic 2013 Crime, Drama
In a Moment's Time Pastor Sherman 2014 Drama
McCanick Julius 2014 Comedy, 0
A Little Game Mel 2014 Adventure, Family
My Bakery in Brooklyn Mr. Zubal 2016 Biography
But Deliver Us from Evil Charles Burton 2016 History, Horror, Thriller