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Melvin Franklin (1942–1995)

Melvin Franklin was born on October 12, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA as David Melvin English. He was an actor, known for Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983), Motown Returns to the Apollo (1985) and Pole Position (1984). He was married to Kimberly. He died on February 23, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever Himself (Temptations member)
Pole Position
Pole Position Wheels
T.C.B. Himself


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 1998 The Temptations (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1998)
- Episode #1.2 (1998)
 1987 Happy New Year
Temptation (as David English)
 1984 Pole Position (TV Series)
- The Trouble with Kuma (1984) ... Wheels (voice, as Mel Franklin)
- Shadow of a Trout (1984) ... Wheels (voice, as Mel Franklin)
- The Secret (1984) ... Wheels (voice, as Mel Franklin)
- To Clutch a Thief (1984) ... Wheels (voice, as Mel Franklin)
- The Bear Affair (1984) ... Wheels (voice, as Mel Franklin)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Male vocalist on The Marvelettes' single "My Baby Must Be a Magician".

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | See more »

Alternate Names:

David English | Mel Franklin | The Temptations | The Temptions & The Supremes


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Speaking at the funeral of David Ruffin]: "As long as his memory lives in our hearts, he will be immortal. Let all of us pass his memory on to our children for generations to come, just as we have done for the late great Paul Williams and Marvin Gaye."


Best friends with The Temptations band mate Otis Williams, who says that when he first approached Melvin as teenagers, Melvin actually ran away from him, thinking he was a gang member who wanted to beat him up for his money. See more »


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