Brian Lee Franklin is the son of Chandler Mountain, Alabama sharecroppers.
After attending Florida State University in Tallahassee, he moved to New York and founded The Bulldog Theater Company at Theater 22 where he wrote, acted in, and/or directed over a dozen productions. During his time in New York, Brian also studied at HB Studios with the famed actress and teacher Uta Hagen. Brian wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play “Good Bobby,” portraying Robert F. Kennedy during his formative adult years. The play enjoyed sold out runs over a 14-month period in Los Angeles and New York.
This fall, Brian can be seen as one of the key series regulars on Beau Willimon’s new show at Hulu “The First”, following the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of the first steps toward interplanetary colonization.
Additionally, Brian starred in Gary Ross’ civil war era drama “The Free State of Jones’” playing Matthew McConaughey’s son and in Scott Frank’s Netflix limited western series, “Godless”,executive produced by Steven Soderbergh – as well as Phillip Noyce’s crime drama “Above Suspicion” opposite Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston.
Previously, Brian played the role of Lynch alongside Chris Cooper in John Sayles’ war film “Amigo,” guest starred on the CBS sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” and won the Best Actor Award at the 2015 Oxford Film Festival for the film “Repeater,” in which he costarred opposite David Strathairn.
Brian is a lifetime member of the famed Actors Studio as both an actor and a playwright.