Franklin Cover Biography
Franklin Cover was an American actor best known for starring in the sitcom The Jeffersons. His character, Tom Willis, was half of one of the first interracial marriages to be seen on prime-time television.
Franklin Cover Age
Franklin Cover was born on November 20, 1928, He died on February 5, 2006 at the age of 77 years
Franklin Cover Wife
Franklin married Mary Bradford Stone in 1965 .
Franklin Cover Children
They had two children a Son Bradford Cover and a Daughter Susan Cover
Franklin Cover Life
Cover was born on November 20, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Britta (Schreck) and Franklin Held Cover. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1947. Cover graduated from Denison University in 1951, and he received his MA in Theater in 1954 and MFA in Theater in 1955 both from Case Western Reserve University.
Franklin Cover Career
His career started on the stage acting in Henry IV, Part 1 and Hamlet. He also appeared in Forty Carats with Julie Harris. He made his television debut on Naked City and later appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show.
His first starring role was on The Jeffersons as Tom Willis who was married to a black woman, Helen, played by Roxie Roker.The couple lived in the same high-rise apartment building as the sitcom’s title characters. Cover would often be the foil to Sherman Hemsley’s black businessman, George Jefferson. The sitcom ran from 1975 to 1985. He also appeared in The Stepford Wives in 1975, and played Hubert Humphrey in the 1982 TV movie A Woman Called Golda.
Following the end of The Jeffersons, Cover continued to make guest appearances on television shows as well as appearing in a supporting role in Wall Street (1987). In 1994, he appeared in the second episode of ER. His final television appearance was in an episode of Will & Grace (entitled “Object Of My Rejection”) that aired on May 13, 1999.
Franklin Cover Death
Cover died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, New Jersey, on February 5, 2006. He had been living at the home since December 2005 while recovering from a heart condition, and died of pneumonia.
Franklin Cover Legacy
He was survived by his wife; the former Mary Bradford Stone, two adult children; Susan and Bradford, and a grandson, Maxwell. His son, Bradford Cover, an actor who lives in New York City, has appeared on Law and Order, Broadway, and Off Broadway, and is a company member at The Pearl Theatre Company. His daughter Susan is the founder of Susie’s Supper Club (now closed), a home delivery food service that catered to parents and children in New York.
Franklin Cover Movies and TV shows
- Will & Grace (TV Show)
- Mad About You (TV Show)
- Almost Heroes (Movie)
- Columbo (TV Show)
- Coach (TV Show)
- Living Single (TV Show)
- Cosmic Slop (Movie)
- Davis Rules (TV Show)
- in the Heat of the Night (TV Show)
- Who’s the Boss? (TV Show)
- Wall Street (Movie)
- The Love Boat (TV Show)
- The Jeffersons (TV Show)
- A Woman Called Golda (TV Show)
- All in the Family (TV Show)
- What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (Movie)
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Franklin Cover News
Franklin Cover, 77, Actor on ‘Jeffersons,’ Dies
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFEB. 11, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 – Franklin Cover, who became a familiar face as George and Louise Jefferson’s neighbor in the long-running sitcom “The Jeffersons,” died on Sunday in Englewood, N.J. He was 77.
The cause was pneumonia, said his publicist, Dale Olson. He had been living at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Fund of America home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart condition.
In his nearly six decades in show business, Mr. Cover made numerous appearances on television shows, including “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “All in the Family,” “Who’s the Boss?,” “Will & Grace,” “Living Single,” “Mad About You” and “E.R.”
He began his career on the stage and appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including “Any Wednesday,” “Wild Honey” and “Born Yesterday.”
But Mr. Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, a white man married to a black woman, on “The Jeffersons.”
Tom and his wife lived in the same upscale apartment building that George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) moved his family into after making money in the dry-cleaning business. Mr. Cover often played a comic foil to Mr. Hemsley’s blustering, opinionated black businessman. The show ran from 1975 to 1985.
Mr. Cover also appeared in films, including “The Stepford Wives” and “Wall Street.”
He is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Bradford; his daughter, Susan; and one grandson.
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