Francis Elliott "Fran" Kranz (born July 13, 1981) is an American film, television and Broadway actor. He is known for his portrayal of Topher Brink in the science fiction drama series Dollhouse. He had prominent roles in the films The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing. In 2012, he played Bernard in Death of a Salesman beginning a career on Broadway that continued with 2014's You Can't Take It with You.
Kranz at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con
Francis Elliott Kranz
July 13, 1981
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Spouse(s)||Spencer Margaret Richmond|
Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor. He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 2000 and from Yale University in 2004, where he was a member of the improv comedy group The Ex!t Players.
|Training Day||College Driver|
|2002||Orange County||Shane Brainard|
|2003||Matchstick Men||Slacker Boyfriend|
|Swordswallowers and Thin Men||Adrian|
|2004||The Village||Christop Crane|
|2006||Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas||Ralph|
|The Night of the White Pants||Millian Hagan|
|The TV Set||Zach Harper|
|Rise: Blood Hunter||Alex|
|Untitled Christine Taylor Project||Brian|
|Shades of Ray||Sal Garfinkle|
|Last Meal||Noah||Short film|
|My Two Fans||Thad|
|2010||Don't Fade Away||Ben|
|2011||Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules||Bill Walter|
|Fanboy||Jeremiah Brennan||Short film|
|The Five Stages of Grief||Daniel||Short film|
|2012||The Cabin in the Woods||Marty|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Claudio|
|It's Not You, It's Me||Jack||Short film|
|2013||Seasick Sailor||Wormy Guy||Short film|
|2014||Lust for Love||Astor|
|Before I Disappear||Darren|
|Murder of a Cat||Clinton|
|Last Weekend||Sean Oakes|
|The Truth About Lies||Gilby Smalls|
|2017||The Dark Tower||Pimli|
|2018||You Might Be the Killer||Sam|
|1998||Frasier||Aaron||Episode: "Good Grief"|
|2008||Welcome to the Captain||Josh Flug|
|2008||Private Practice||Brian||Episode: "Equal & Opposite"|
|2008||It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia||College Student||Episode: "Who Pooped the Bed?"|
|2009–2010||Dollhouse||Topher Brink||27 episodes|
|2011||Goodnight Burbank||Chaz Parker||Episode: "Lesbians on Acid"|
|2012||Dating Rules from My Future Self||Sorbet Guy||2 episodes|
|2013||The Good Wife||Eugene||Episode: "A More Perfect Union"|
|2014||Dallas||Hunter McKay||3 episodes|
|2016||Elementary||Brendan Farley||Episode: "How the Sausage Is Made"|
|2017||Major Crimes||Stan Pearl||4 episodes|
|2012||Death of a Salesman||Bernard||In Ethel Barrymore Theatre, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman|
|2014||You Can't Take It with You||Tony Kirby||In Longacre Theater, starring James Earl Jones|
|2012||JourneyQuest||Silver Tom||8 episodes|
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- Moorhouse, Drusilla (April 24, 2009). "Dollhouse: Fran Kranz Talks Topher". E!. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- "Francis Elliott Kranz, Born 07/13/1981 in California". CaliforniaBirthIndex.org. 1981-07-13. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
- Bühnsack, Catherine. "Interview with Fran Kranz". myfanbase.de. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- Remington, Alex (March 28, 2008), "Interview with Fran Kranz, Star, CBS's Welcome to the Captain", Huffington Post
- Lytton, Charlotte (March 16, 2012). "Interview: Fran Kranz". redbrick.me. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- Gans, Andrew."Starry Revival of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' Opens on Broadway" Archived 2012-03-17 at the Wayback Machine playbill.com, March 15, 2012
- Tedder, Michael (2014-09-29). "Fran Kranz on Joss Whedon and Broadway's 'You Can't Take It With You'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- Staff. "The Verdict: Critics Review 'You Can't Take It With You', Starring James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley, on Broadway" playbill.com, September 28, 2014
- Caroline van Oosten de Boer, Milo Vermeulen. "Post about ''MegaBot'' on". Whedonesque.com. Retrieved 2014-02-21.