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-- Bev Freed
The Times Newspaper - Wednesday 12 March 1997
MYSTERY OF ACTOR'S DEATH IN BIKE CRASH
A British actor who hoped to make his name in America died after his
motorcycle crashed in mysterious circumstances, an inquest in west London
was told yesterday.
Mark Frankel, 34, who played a Jewish London estate agent who discovers his
father is a Yorkshire pig rearer in Leon the Pig Farmer, died last September
after falling off his Harley-Davidson in Chiswick, west London.
A police accident investigator said there was no apparent reason for the
accident. Mr. Frankel's widow, Caroline, 32, who was pregnant when he died,
said her husband had always been fascinated by motorcycles and the one he
had been riding was one of only six in the world. She said he was an
extremely careful rider. The couple also had a three-year-old son.
Mr. Frankel had appeared in a number of American television shows and his
mother, Grace, said that he had believed his future was in the U.S. An
open verdict was recorded.
The Jewish Chronicle 14 March 1997
MYSTERY OVER ACTOR'S DEATH
An open verdict has been recorded on the death of 'Leon the Pig Farmer' star
Mark Frankel. The 34-year-old actor died from injuries sustained when he fell off his
custom-built motorbike in Chiswick last September.
A police accident investigator told an inquest on Tuesday that there was no
apparent reason for the accident. In evidence, the actor's widow, Caroline,
said that the yellow Harley Davidson-powered bike was a project close to his heart.
"He was really thrilled with it and kept saying how beautiful his bike was."
She stressed that he was a careful rider.
The Jewish Chronicle - 4 October 1996
Theatrical colleagues pay tribute to Mark Frankel
'LEON THE PIG FARMER' STAR DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT
Tributes are pouring in from the theatrical world for Mark Frankel - star of
the hit movie 'Leon the Pig Farmer' - who was killed in a road crash last
week. The 34-year-old actor died in a hospital from injuries sustained when his
Harley Davidson collided with a lorry in Chiswick, West London.
His funeral service at Kingston Liberal Synagogue was attended by many of
his co-stars and professional colleagues with whom he had become firm
friends. Among the mourners were Gina Bellman, Jason Isaacs and Gary
Sinyor, who directed two of the actor's films.
To British audiences, Mark Frankel was probably best known for his lead role
as Leon in Vadim Jean's and Mr. Sinyor's award-winning comedy, in which he
portrayed a Jewish North-West London estate agent who discovers he's really
the son of a Yorkshire pig farmer. He went on to star in Gary Sinyor's second
comedy film "Solitaire for Two" in which the romantic lead of a suave,
smooth-talker was written specially for him.
Brought up in Long Ditton, Surrey, his "Englishness" also made him an actor
in demand in the US. There he was known to viewers as a rich recluse in the
popular NBC series "Sisters" and an action hero in "Fortune Hunter" on cable
channel TNT. He also co-starred in another hit American TV series "The Kindred,"
produced by 20th Century Fox. He had completed another movie, "Roseanna's Grave,"
on location in Italy earlier this year.
Paying tribute for the actor, Mr. Sinyor told the JC, "We worked closely
professionally and were very good friends. I expected to continue seeing
him on a regular basis for the rest of my life. I can't remember a time in
his company when I wasn't feeling happy."
A spokesman for the star's agent added "He was on the verge of becoming a
massive star. We've never met anyone with so much life and energy. He will be
very much missed".
Mr. Frankel leaves a wife, Caroline, who is expecting their second child, and
a two-year-old son, Fabian.
In the following article, Mark Frankel discusses "Kindred: the Embraced."
The News Times
Television News - 7 May 1996
A bit about the clans then ...
Actually, they have filmed eight episodes, but one is in limbo - it could
appear some time this summer or it may disappear entirely. So, for the
moment, the last of the original "Kindred" episodes, titled "Cabin in the
Woods" will be coming up Wednesday. And Mark Frankel, who plays Julian Luna,
the series' head vampire (insiders call them 'Kindred', hence the title) thinks
it might be the best show of the current lot. "It's spooky, but very sexually
charged," he says.
The same might be said for the other outings in this saga of contemporary
vampires who activities range from street gangs to board rooms. And in the
process, the whole affair has been establishing Julian as a character to be
loved and feared.
The British-born Frankel expresses some amusement about that, also a touch
of worry. "The first film I did in England was 'Leon the Pig Farmer'," he
recalls. "It was a successful film and suddenly I'm a comic actor."
He certainly was in the movie "Solitaire for 2." And he definitely is in
"Roseanna's Grave," a feature he has been doing during breaks in the
'Kindred' schedule. But now, he observes, "I'll probably be playing
vampires for ever more."
Of course, playing one like Julian wouldn't be the worst job in the world.
"The great thing about the character is that he doesn't get out of a coffin
at midnight," says Frankel. "If he had, I probably wouldn't be doing this.
But this is a fascinating role. Here is someone who has been locked into
the prism of his life for 200 years. He had six lifetimes, he's spanned the
18th, 19th and 20th centuries, gone through two world wars and broken
relationships. Consequently, here's a man with an amazing understanding of
human psychology. He's a man of great authority and he has a knowledge and
depth a young person would never have because he has seen so much. That
gives him so many different perspectives. In fact, I'm sure that if I had
been living for 200 years I'd be having a much different conversation with
The general idea, Frankel notes, is to have Julian and his colleagues create
a murky mood that can get downright scary at times. But he says the true
fright - for him anyway - is not the series. It's the audition that led to
it. "I met with Fox and with (executive producer) Aaron Spelling. All actors
are paranoid, but it's terrifying when you go to a network for these
things," Frankel says. "Especially with Fox. You go into a room with 35
people sitting there and staring at you. It's a real daunting experience.
I kept thinking 'I could end my career right here and now.' But then Aaron
said to me, 'Are you nervous? I don't want you to be. We're really excited
about meeting you.'"
That calmed him down. Now, however, there is another problem - jet lag as
he contemplates a travel schedule that, within four days, is sending him
from L.A. to his home in London, to Rome to complete 'Roseanna's Grave.'
back to London and then to New York.
An America Online interview transcript - 04/30/96
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INTERVIEW WITH MARK FRANKEL
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EXTRA Online Welcome's MARK FRANKEL, Star of KINDRED: THE
EMBRACED. Mark portrays JULIAN LUNA, the Prince of all Vampires struggling
to keep the 5 diverse Vampire Clans under control! Be sure to Catch KINDRED:
THE EMBRACED, airing on FOX Wednesday's at 9 ET!
A question from Nchntd00:
Question: What have you learned most about what it takes to be a vampire??
Control. As a creature who has existed for centuries in a
hostile world, where people who don't understand you consider you as the
enemy, you have to learn to be in control of yourself in all circumstances.
After all, you have been in the prime of your life, absorbing knowledge for
centuries and that gives you a certain mental weight that you need to use to
|EXTRApr: From Nch:
Question: Is it a different kind of 'seduction' when it's blood you're
As Julian and as a vampire that has to survive, like any
creature in a jungle, I unfortunately have to say, yes...Regrettably.
Question: Why do the Kindred vampires not have elongated fangs? The
Masquerade book indicates that the clan vampires do.
Can you imagine as a Kindred in the police department? In the
fire department? A doctor in a hospital trying to live amongst society and
having one inch long fangs. It would be a sure way to draw attention to
oneself. And as I've said before, Kindred have adapted themselves, as have
humans to survive.
|EXTRApr: From LALaw:
Question: Is this Your first Foray into Cyberspace, or do vampires use the
We're all around you.
|EXTRApr: From DLipper:
Question: What is your favorite vampire book?
I've read Anne Rice and Bram Stoker. But we have created a new
Bible by which the cast abides. It's quite long and goes into great detail
about the world of the Kindred, our laws, our faith and, at the moment, this
is my favorite nighttime reading material.
|EXTRApr: From Td00:
Question: What powers are your favorite about being a vampire??? Were you
surprised at the *power* and knowledge you are "supposed" to posess?
Playing this character is one of the most exciting things I've
done. Imagine, which I presume, you are in the prime of your life, you think
you know it all, you think you understand human psychology, you think you
understand your parents. 20 years from now, I'm sure you will look back and
say to yourself, "I really knew so little." Imagine instead of that time
being 20 years, but 200. The knowledge you will have gained, the wisdom, the
understanding of human psychology. To me, that is probably the most
exciting thing about playing Julian.
|EXTRApr: From Barbarella:
Question: What kind of research did you do to study for your role??
I went out every night looking for girls just like you.
|EXTRApr: From DonGuy:
Question: What makes vampire's so sexy?
As a vampire, you have a heightened sense of smell, taste,
touch, hearing and, of course, other senses are heightened equally.
Question: Have you ever played a vampire before this?
|EXTRApr: From nchn:
Question: Are the special effects hard to deal with? The shooting schedule
of a 'series' rather than a feature? "Draining..?"
Yes. We're shooting approximately the equivalent of half a
feature film every seven working days, which would be like shooting a major
feature in two weeks. We work anything up to 15 hours a day, and the pace is
fast and fierce. Concentration is probably the most important asset an actor
can have with this kind of schedule. Shooting a feature is definitely a less
grueling experience but, in some ways, not as exciting because at the end of
an episode of "Kindred," we have a new script with a whole new storyline and
|EXTRApr: From Ahdonees:
Question: What was it like to play Catherine the Great's lover and do you
give any credence to the suspected method of her demise?
This reminds me of a question somebody asked me earlier today.
"Are vampires afraid of garlic?" And I asked the question, "Do you believe a
creature with the powers of a vampire, his knowledge and strength, would be
afraid of garlic?" You might as well as be afraid of cauliflower. I don't
believe that, just as I don't believe it *possible* that Catherine the Great
passed away as has been suggested. Playing her lover was extremely romantic
as we shot on location in St. Petersburg.
Question: Mark, I really appreciate the range of emotion you have put into
your character. I know you've done another TV series - have you much stage
experience - any Shakespeare?
Yes. I studied in England for five years before I did my first
professional play. I have done many Shakespearean plays and studied the
classics for three years in London. My most ambitious project was a one-man
show on Macbeth.
|EXTRApr: From Ahdonees:
Question: There have been a number of articles written about the homoerotic
nature of all vampire lore...can you comment on this?
If a vampire needs to feed, in my case, the victim would
preferably be female. But vampires must drink blood to survive.
|EXTRApr: From J Utah:
Question: Why do we never see Julian "feed" on the show?
Vampires, in fact, need very little blood to survive. The show
isn't really about blood and feeding. It's more about the relationships
between the characters.
|EXTRApr: From Ntd00:
Question: Have you found that the public is more 'scared' of you since the
show has been on air?
On the contrary. Remember, Julian is a protector.
To visit the KINDRED on the World Wide Web...visit EXTRA at
|EXTRApr: From ScFiMarci:
Question: Have you ever seen the series "Forever Knight"? And if so, do you
think Kindred will attract any of that series fans? And what did you think of
Unfortunately, I haven't seen the series. I've certainly heard
of it and would like to see it. So I can't comment.
|EXTRApr: From Kindred Fan:
Question: How else did you prepare for the role -- mentally/physically? How
much time did you have before you started shooting to think about the role?
One dreams of having months to prepare for a role, but
unfortunately this almost never happens. I tried to think about what it
would be like to be a immortal, where time means nothing. Unlike humans, the
clock isn't ticking, which can be daunting and could deplete your energy
rather than enhance it. The positive side is that having lived for so long,
one has a fantastic understanding of human psychology. I tried to think
about this to give Julian the weight he needed. Whereas Sean Connery, an
actor in his 60's, that weight would exist. As an actor of my age, playing a
character 200 years old was not only a challenge but quite strangely
all-encompassing. The more I thought about this during my preparation, the
more centered, dignified and powerful I felt.
|EXTRApr: From DonGuy:
Question: If you drink the blood of a drunk, do you get inebriated too?
I don't think so.
|EXTRApr: From Nchntd:
Question: What do you do as a vampire to compensate for the lack of actual
Kindred were humans before they were embraced. Why would
embracing somebody into the Kindred, which gives them immortality, heightened
senses, mental powers, physical powers, prevent them from having intercourse?
Wait for episode 8 called "Cabin in the Woods," where Caitlin takes me to get
away from the City for a weekend. All will be explained.
|EXTRApr: From J Utah:
Question: What else does Julian desire besides being the Prince? BTW--If
you were looking for girls like me you didn't look hard enough--I'm still
He desires companionship, somebody to share his life and his
knowledge. Julian is desperate to have a human relationship, to be in love,
to grow old and die. But at the same time, he has a responsibility as Prince
of the City to the five clans. They need his guidance. I'll keep looking for you.
|EXTRApr: From El Masser:
Question: What nationality are you?
|EXTRApr: From MarkLan:
Question: What movies and TV shows catch your interest when you aren't
I love movies like "Apocalypse Now," "The Godfather" trilogy,
"Streetcar Named Desire" with Marlon Brando, and although I do see quite a
few movies, it's tough to compare them to those. I enjoy the "The X Files,"
"Married With Children" and "ER," because a friend of mine's is in it.
|EXTRApr: And one last Question from Freyja:
Question: Do you feel that this is a role you were meant to play?
Any last words for the fans, Mark?
I think the world of The Kindred is fascinating. As an actor,
it has drawn me in and all but engulfed me. The show has some very exciting
episodes coming up. My relationship with Caitlin heats up and creates a very
exciting love triangle with Lily that has been fascinating to play. I hope
you all stick with it and become as hooked as I am. Keep well and be as good
a person as you can.
Be sure to Catch KINDRED: THE EMBRACED, airing on FOX Wednesday's
at 9 ET! If you want to see Mark back online, email us at EXTRApr!
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An America Online interview transcript - 06/28/96
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INTERVIEW WITH MARK FRANKEL, JOHN LEEKLEY, AND P.K.SIMONDS
||Welcome to AOLive Mr. Mark Frankel, Mr. John Leekly and Mr. P.K.Simonds!
||How big did you think Kindred would be when it started?
||When we began Kindred, we knew, because it was a world, it would
take a while for the audience to embrace to the show. Every week, the number
of viewers increased. We have more than 6 million TV sets weekly.
||If Kindred gets renewed, do you foresee greater continuity from one
script to the next?
||Yes, very much. It took a while for us to find the show, but I
believe that after the episode of Romeo and Juliet, I believe we found the
right tonality. PK wrote on his own, the last episode, called cabin in the
woods. That was a really great story.|
||Who is/was that Groth character? What did he do to make himself an
outcast? That was never brought out in the show.|
||He was a member of the Nosferatu clan, a rival of Daedalus, who
had to be overthrown to protect the Masquerade. To be more specific, Goth
held the position of Primogen before Daedalus. He performed ancient blood
rites to gain power, but those rites were too dangerous, and put the Kindred
at risk of exposure to the humans. Especially in this modern age of advanced
forensics and far-reaching media.|
||What do you want to do with the show next season?
|JLeekley:||I talk about this episode called "Skull" at our Kindred web sight,
under the section called the creator. WWW.KindredEMary.Com|
|PKSimonds:||Actually, that's WWW.KINDREDEMB.COM.|
|JLeekley:|| In "Skull", all of the characters including Julian are exposed to a
skull that has been found in Ethiopia, found by a biologist to be a missing
link between man and apes. But the skull turns out to be the missing link
between man and kindred, the first Nosferatu. Along with the other
characters, Julian is nearly driven mad, because he reverts to the far more
savaged apes. He wakes up in the morning with Kateland, and blood on his
pillow, fearing he will harm her. Thus begins the second season, he goes back
Unfortunately, the new the boss of the Primogen, Brujah. The
second season begins with a umber of conflicts. Kateland is also aware of the
existence vampires, but still doesn't know Julian is one of them.
|PKSimonds:||In short, we want to dig deeper into the past and the dark
nature of the Kindred.|
||I play the RPG that the show is based on. Did you research the game
for the characters?|
||The book that the game is based on, which is called "Vampire of the
Masquerade," written by Mark Rein-Hagen, was used as the source for the show.
For the Klan and the Masqurade. But the visual style of the show, and the
world of the Kindred was completely different from the book. The style of the
book was punk Gothic, while the world of the Kindred, very sophisticated and
elegant, and was inspired by the Godfather film.
The Godfather film presents a subculture of the Mafia, as a world
apart from ours, existing along ours, but separate, complete unto itself. The
Kindred world is more passionate than ours, more loyal, more erotic, more
savage. A world we want to be in.
|MFrankel:|| All together a lot more fun!
|| Why does the cop get to know about the Kindred, but not Caitlin?|
|PKSimonds:||Frank learns about the Kindred through his relationship with one
of them. He has long been close to their world thanks to his partnership with
Sonny. Caitlin will begin to suspect more and more that something
supernatural exists, but she's blinded by her reporter's trust only in what
she can see and understand. Her love affair with Julian opens her to a whole
new world, erotic, mystical, powerful. And tragically, the more she is able
to believe, the closer she comes to the day when she must either die for her
knowledge or be embraced.|
|MFrankel:|| The reason why Caitlin is being exposed to the world of the Kindred
by a relationship to Julian, but not knowing of their existence, is because
Julian must protect the secret, because he is Prince of the city. He does
this in a number of ways - one by finally erasing her memory of the one time
she discovers their existence.|
|Question: || Where can we write to support the series?|
|PKSimonds:||Write to Fox TV at 10201 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90035.|
|Question: ||Mark, why did you choose to do this show?|
|MFrankel:|| When I read the pilot for the Kindred, I was immediately drawn into
a world that was more exciting than ours. It fascinated me, and I felt like I
was being sucked into a vortex the more I read. Julian is also one of the
most complex and exciting characters I have ever played. This is was
something that I was compelled to be involved in.|
|Question: ||Mark, what other projects are you working on?|
|MFrankel:||I have just finished a movie called ROSEANNE'S GRAVE with Jean Reno
and Mercedes Reul - shot in Italy. I play an Italian lawyer. It will be
released in America around Christmas - possible January. It's a satirical
black romantic comedy.|
|Comment: ||I like the show and it keeps moving along.|
|Question: ||The big question - Will Kindred be renewed for the coming season?
Some of us have already written to FOX tv advocating this very thing!|
|JLeekley:|| We don't know if it will be renewed on the fall schedule, or as a
mid-season replacement. We need all the help we can get from our fellow Kindred.|
|Question: ||Question: You probably get asked this a lot, but what's your take on the
aspect of the vampire phenom? It's not what we're traditionally used to.|
|JLeekley:||The Victorian Gothic Mythology of Vampires, has been tired and worn
out, it is starting to lose it's power; vampires have become camp. The
Vampire mythology in Kindred has been changed from that of Bram Stoker. In
our show we say that Stoker was hired by the Kindred, to make up all that
stuff about garlic to ward off vampires, sleeping in dirt, funny vampires
This classic ruse is a part of what we call the Masquerade. It has
kept mankind looking for the signs, when in fact the Kindred could be sitting
on the park bench next to us. Joseph Campbell taught that that myth is the
collective dream of mankind. When the myth loses it's power to evoke us to
make us dream, then its of no use. Mark and PK, I and the other writers have
made the show, have attempted to reinvigorate the mythology, and put the
myths, and put them in an urban American setting.
The original myth of vampires revolves around what we as humans
fear in ourselves, we fear the release of the id set free. Our darkest
impulses have always been repressed. So we have created the creatures of the
night. We the writers have told stories about them. If our characters are
story provoked, then the myth has power.
|PKSimonds:||Of course, if you believe any of this, you have to wonder about
John Leekley himself. Blood on his teeth?|
||Thanks everyone for coming in to AOLive tonight! We are completely out of time!
|JLeekley:|| Thank you.
|AOLiveMC7:||Gentlemen, you were excellent guests, and the audience was
terrific! Ladies and Gentlemen, it been a real pleasure! Goodnight!|
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