Random Roles: Frank Whaley on acting, directing, and getting yelled at by Samuel L. Jackson and Oliver Stone

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

When Frank Whaley first stepped in front of the camera for a TV gig, he was in his 20s, but he looked like he was in his teens, which turned out to be a very good thing for his career. From the late ’80s onward, Whaley has been a regular presence on television and in motion pictures, including leading roles in Career Opportunities, The Doors, and the short-lived CBS series Buddy Faro as well as smaller but still highly memorable appearances in films like Field Of Dreams, Pulp Fiction, and Vacancy. In addition to his work in front of the camera, Whaley is also an accomplished writer and director, talents that are currently on display in his fourth …

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