1. Frakes is best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and subsequent films.
2. Frakes also hosted the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, challenging viewers to discern his stories of fact-based phenomena and fabricated tales.
3. In June 2011, Frakes narrated the History Channel documentary Lee and Grant.
4. He is also the author of a novel called The Abductors: Conspiracy.
5. Frakes married actress Genie Francis, who portrayed Laura Spencer on General Hospital, in 1988.
6. Frakes was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the son of Doris J. and Dr. James R. Frakes.
7. He is of mostly German, and some English, descent. He grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
8. His father was a critic for the New York Times Book Review, a book editor, and professor of English literature at Lehigh University from 1958–2001, where he was the Edmund W. Fairchild Professor in American Studies.
9. Frakes first met actress Genie Francis on the set of the television soap opera Bare Essence, and again while filming the mini-series North and South.
10. They began dating in 1985, became engaged in 1986, and married on May 28, 1988.
11. For a time in the 1970s, Frakes worked for Marvel Comics, appearing at conventions in costume as Captain America. Frakes moved to New York City and became a member of the Impossible Ragtime Theater.
12. He played the part of Charles Lindbergh in a 1983 episode of Voyagers! titled “An Arrow Pointing East”.
13. In 1983, he had a role in the short-lived NBC prime time soap opera Bare Essence , and a supporting role in the equally short-lived primetime soap Paper Dolls in 1984. Frakes appeared in the 1986 miniseries Dream West.
14. He has done animation voice acting, most notably voicing the recurring role of David Xanatos in the animated series Gargoyles, and he provided the voice of his own head in a jar in the Futurama episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”.
15. He had a small, uncredited role in the 1994 movie Camp Nowhere.
16. He also reprised his role of Riker for a Next Generation cutaway on an episode of Family Guy that also featured his co-stars Patrick Stewart and Michael Dorn as their respective roles of Picard and Worf.
17. Later, he again played himself on another Family Guy episode, where all seven main TNG actors made voice appearances.