Fran Kranz

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Actor • Director

Birth Date: July 13, 1983

Age: 40 years old

Birth Place: Los Angeles, California

While attending Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles, Fran Kranz made his onscreen debut in a 1998 episode of "Frasier" and later appeared alongside real-life classmate Jake Gyllenhaal in the cult fantasy drama "Donnie Darko." An alum of improv and sketch-comedy troupes, he subsequently furthered his film career with appearances as various nerds, klutzes, and slackers in feature comedies such as "Orange County" and "Matchstick Men." After parodying his own young-star status as the exceedingly on-the-nose performer Zach Harper in the industry satire "The TV Set," Kranz earned his first starring role with "Welcome to the Captain," a single-camera sitcom about a blossoming writer's move into a legendary Hollywood apartment building. The ratings-challenged series came to a quick end when Kranz found the opportunity to work with celebrated writer-producer Joss Whedon on the sci-fi drama "Dollhouse." As Topher Brink, one of the series' central characters, Kranz explored the sort of complex themes of amorality, guilt, and redemption that his earlier roles didn't allow. The actor collaborated with Whedon again, along with director/co-writer Drew Goddard, on the comedic horror film "The Cabin in the Woods." Though the production was shot in 2009, it wasn't released until three years later, yet the inventive and witty movie still achieved commercial and critical success. Sticking with Whedon, Kranz also turned up in his low-budget version of the Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing."

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Julia - Cast

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JuliaStream

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Russ
Series
2022
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Mass

Director
Movie
2021

Mass

Screenwriter
Movie
2021

Fanboy

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Jeremiah Brennan
Show
2019

Fanboy

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Jeremiah Brennan
Movie
2019

Jungleland

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Buck Noble
Movie
2019

You Might Be the Killer

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Sam
Movie
2018

The Truth About Lies

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Gilby Smalls
Movie
2017

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Pimli
Movie
2017
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Bottom
Movie
2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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2017

Rebirth

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Kyle
Movie
2016

Bloodsucking Bastards

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Evan
Movie
2015

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Bob
Movie
2015
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Lust for Love

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Astor
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2014

Last Weekend

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Sean Oakes
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2014

Murder of a Cat

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Clinton Moisey
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The Living

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Teddy
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2014

The Lord of Catan

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Penis
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Seven Lovers

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Brian
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2014

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2012
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2012

Much Ado About Nothing

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Claudio
Movie
2012

Putzel

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Salmon Guy
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2012

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Marty
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2011
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JourneyQuest

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Silver Tom
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2010

Don't Fade Away

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2010

The Good WifeStream

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Eugene
Series
2009
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Dollhouse

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2009

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Topher Brink
Series
2009
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Homeland

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Arne
Movie
2009

Welcome to the Captain

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Josh Flug
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2008

Wieners

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Joel
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2008

Shades of Ray

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Brian
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2007

Careless

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2007

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Freddie
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2006

The TV Set

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Zach Harper
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2006

The Night of the White Pants

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Movie
2006

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James
Movie
2004

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Christop Crane
Movie
2004
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Donnie DarkoStream

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Passenger
Movie
2001
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FrasierStream

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Aaron
Series
1993
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