John Franklin (actor)
John Franklin in 2014
|Born||John Paul Salapatek
June 16, 1959
Blue Island, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||David White (m. 2008)|
He was born John Paul Salapatek in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago, on June 16, 1959. As a child, Franklin suffered from a growth hormone deficiency; as a result, his adult height is "barely 5 feet".
In 1983, John Franklin moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting. He appeared in commercials before successfully auditioning for the role of Isaac in Stephen King's Children of the Corn.
After Children of the Corn, Franklin went on to appear in the kids' variety show Kids Incorporated, guest starring in two episodes, "The Leprechaun" and "Space Case." He appeared in many commercials again before guest starring as Arnie in Highway to Heaven, playing a mentally handicapped teenage runaway.
In 1991, Franklin landed the role of Cousin Itt in The Addams Family and reprised the role in 1993's Addams Family Values. Throughout the 1990s, Franklin appeared as a guest on several TV shows, including Chicago Hope and Star Trek Voyager, then guest starred with David Morse in George B. and with Steve Guttenberg in Tower of Terror.
In 1999, Franklin reprised his debut role, Isaac, in Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return, co-writing the script with his cousin Tim Sulka. In 2000, he landed a small role in Python and co starred as Morluv in The Christmas Secret.
"After the events of 9/11, I saw the shallowness of showbiz and felt a great desire to leave a greater legacy than just being Cousin Itt. Teaching seemed to be a perfect fit for my theatrical talents and to touch many lives."
At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, Franklin announced to the students and staff of Golden Valley High School that he would be retiring from teaching to reprise his career as a writer and actor. He is currently working on several projects, including a young adult novel.
|1984||Children of the Corn||Isaac Chroner|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Arnie||Episode: "Alone"|
|1986||The Kingdom Chums: Little David's Adventure||Magical Mose||Television film; voice role|
|1988||A Night at the Magic Castle||Twit|
|1988||Beauty and the Beast||Young Vincent||Episode: "Promises of Someday"|
|1988||Child's Play||Walkabout Chucky||Voice role|
|1988||Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure||The Gatekeepers dog|
|1991||The Addams Family||Cousin It|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Cousin Itt|
|1994||Tammy and the T-Rex||Bobby|
|1996||Chicago Hope||Jimmy Dunston||Episode: "V-Fibbing"|
|1997||George B.||Little Mike|
|1997||Tower of Terror||Dewey Todd|
|1997||Wag the Dog||Jockey #1|
|1998||The Killing Grounds||Owner|
|1999||Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return||Isaac|
|2000||Star Trek: Voyager||Kipp||Episode: "Critical Care"|
|2000||The Christmas Secret||Morluv||Television film|
|2004||Tales of a Fly on the Wall||Master Keldar||Television film|
|2014||Hag||Marriage counselor||Short film|
|2015||Hell's Kitty||Isaiah||Episode: "The Medium"|
- It Isn`t Easy To Be It: John Franklin Emerges From A 35-pound Furball To Tell All, at the Chicago Tribune; by Clifford Terry; published December 15, 1991; retrieved March 2, 2014
- "Hart of the matter" (PDF). William S. Hart Union High School District. 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Faculty page for John Salapatek at the Golden Valley High School website". 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-18.