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Franklyn Seales
Born July 15, 1952(1952-07-15)
St. Vincent, Caribbean Islands
Died May 14, 1990 (aged 37)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other name(s) Frank Seales
Occupation Actor, painter
Years active 1974–1988

Franklyn Seales (July 15, 1952 – May 14, 1990) was an American film, television and stage actor.



Born on the island of St. Vincent, Seales attended Juilliard before appearing in various television productions of Shakespearean plays including Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew where he played the role of Petruchio. From 1983 to 1987, Seales portrayed the role of Dexter Stuffins in the sitcom Silver Spoons, followed by guest appearances on Wiseguy, Growing Pains, and Amen. His movie appearances include The Onion Field, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and Southern Comfort.[1]

In addition to acting, Seales was also a painter.[1]


On May 14, 1990, Seales died of compilations from AIDS at his family's home in New York City. He was 37 years old.[2]


Year Film Role Notes
1979 The Onion Field Jimmy Lee "Youngblood" Smith
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Crew member
1981 Macbeth Lennox Direct-to-video release
Southern Comfort Pfc. Simms
1983 The Taming of the Shrew Petruchio Direct-to-video release
Year Title Role Notes
1974 King Lear Servant to Cornwall Television movie
1978 The Trial of the Moke Lt. Henry O. Flipper Television movie
1980 Beulah Land Roman Miniseries
1982 Hill Street Blues Crawford 3 episodes
1983-1987 Silver Spoons Dexter Stuffins 89 episodes
1986-1987 Amen Lorenzo Hollingsworth 3 episodes
1987 Growing Pains Dr. Jerry Marquez 1 episode
1988 Wiseguy Paco Bazos 1 episode


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