I first saw Mark Frankel, in one of the last scenes in "Young Catherine" - when Orlov confesses to Catherine that he killed
Peter, knowing therefore, they could't be together anymore. In that single
scene, with one single tear and a trembling voice, he won me over. I had never
seen him before, and I didn't know his name, but that anguished look on his face
would be in my heart forever.
A few days later, after practically harassing all my friends and relatives
for a copy of "Young Catherine", I discovered that "Fortune Hunter" was being
aired on tv!!! I almost didn't recognize Mark in the show (by then I KNEW his
name!!!), he was suave, and all charm, but the acting was still very, very good.
After that, I watched "Solitaire for 2", "Sisters" and 5 minutes (only the
final 5 minutes!!!) of "A Season of Giants". I knew how big this actor was and
how great his future would be! He was bloody marvelous fantastic.
Being a BIG vampire fan myself I don't have to say how pleased I was, to
discover him in "Kindred: the Embraced", playing the Ventrue Prince, Julian
Luna! God, it was perfect! Tough, charming, irresistible! It is needless to say
how empty I felt, when I read about his death - I had accessed e-online or
mrshowbizz, (I'm not sure which) the day after he died and I felt like I had
lost a friend.