Franklin Ojeda Smith

Franklin Ojeda Smith
Height: 5′ 11″
Eyes: Brown / Hair: Bald

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 1953. 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.

Now a professor emeritus of sociology, Franklin had been at Stockton University in New Jersey for over forty years. But he says, I avoided my secret, inner passion since my early teens, then 14 years ago cancer ran me down. I had an epiphany. I said yes! Franklin explains that “back in the day the ‘barb wires’ were more visible” and early on he chose baseball over acting; then academia and not baseball.

Dr. Smith made his stage debut (’01) in the role of ‘Troy Maxon’ in August Wilson’s Fences. Subsequently, he has focused on Big Screen, TV, Commercial, and Voice over endeavors. A noted storyteller and orator, Franklin says, “…the kids are grown, the dog is dead and now that I may, I choose acting.”

FILM

FILMROLEDIRECTOR
Won't Back Down SupportingDaniel Barnz
InvincibleSupportingEricson Core
A Little GameSupportingEvan Oppenheimer
No Beast So FierceSupportingTim McCann
Outliving EmilySupportingEric Weber
But Deliver Us from EvilSupportingJoshua Coates
Cost of a SoulSupportingSean Kirkpatrick
My Bakery in BrooklynSupportingGustavo Ron
Peace After MarriageSupportingGhazi Albuliwi
Steps in the SandSupportingIvailo Hristov
Cayman Went SupportingBobby Sheehan
The UndyingSupportingSteven Peros
My BrotherPrincipalAnthony Lover
Multiple SarcasmsPrincipalBrooks Branch
JOBSupportingJustin Lord
Letting GoSupportingJake Torem
Bottom OutSupportingConrad Glover
Gowanus 83 (Short)SupportingMichael E. Wood
A Second ChanceSupportingTom Wardach
Finding Oz (Short)SupportingDerek Scott
Brothers Incorporated (Short)SupportingMichael Johnson
My African Giraffe (Short)SupportingRyan kampe
Street DogsNarratorBill Marrin

TELEVISION

TVROLEDIRECTOR
BlacklistGuest Star Michael W. Watkins
Boardwalk EmpireRecurring Guest StarAllen Coulter
Nurse JackieCo-StarRandall Einhorn
Royal PainsRecurring Co-StarJay Chandrasekhar
Rescue MeCo-StarEvan Reilly
Law & Order CI -' D.A.W 'Co-StarFrank Prinzi
Cold Case - 'Badlands'Co-StarTim Matheson
The Wire - 'Misgivings'Recurring Co-StarErnest Dickerson
Hack - 'Blind Faith'Guest StarRick Rosenthal
Lemur Kingdom NarratorDawn Sinsel
The Saints SpeakRecurring Guest StarRichard Payne

SPECIAL SKILLS

God Voice, Professor of Sociology, Gullah Dialect, Dog Training, Baseball Scout

THEATER

Upon Request

COMMERCIALS

Upon Request – CESD Talent Agency