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13 June 1962
Pontrhydyfen, Wales, UK
|Died||24 September 1996
Chiswick, West London, UK
Mark Frankel (13 June 1962–24 September 1996) was a Welsh actor.
Life and career
Mark Frankel was born to David Lionel Frankel (a former Royal Air Force pilot) and Grace Frankel on the 13th of June 1962 and was raised in London. Beginning his acting career at 10, Frankel performed on stage until age 16, when he broke from the theater. Frankel returned to his studies at age 20 and made his major debut with the TNT film A Season of Giants. As Frankel's resume of television and film credits continued to grow, his personal life saw both grief and happiness. In 1990, his older brother, Joe Frankel, died in a flying accident when his light aircraft was hit by another plane. A year later Mark wed Caroline Besson, a French advertising executive. A few years later Mark and Caroline celebrated the birth of their first son Fabien in 1994. In the mid 1990s, Frankel gained cult status after appearing in two short-lived Fox television series: as British ex-secret agent Carlton Dial in Fortune Hunter and as the Ventrue vampire Prince of San Francisco in Kindred: The Embraced. In 1996, before the birth of his second son Max, Frankel died in a motorcycle accident in Chiswick, west London, aged 34, not long after the broadcast of the final episode of Kindred.
Mark Frankel appeared to have heterochromia. His left eye was noticeably darker in colour than his right, although this is unknown to have been officially documented and his elder brother, Joe, claimed to have hit Frankel in the eye with a javelin when they were younger, stating this as the reason for his left eye's differing appearance.
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