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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 November 1967The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A native of the South Bronx, Frank John Hughes studied Jazz composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving back to New York to begin studying with legendary Russian method acting teacher Sonia Moore at her Studio of the Theatre. At the age of nineteen he became one of the youngest members ever to be given lifetime membership into New York's prestigious Actor's Studio.

In 1988, after stage productions Off-Broadway, Hughes made his feature film debut in Robert Celestino's True Convictions. Hughes and Celestino would next collaborate in 1997 on the Sundance Film Festival hit Mr. Vincent. Since then Hughes has appeared in films such as Bad Boys opposite Will Smith, The Funeral, Layin' Low, Urban Jungle, Robbers, Deranged, for which he won best actor at the New York Independent Film Festival, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can opposite Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Yonkers Joe' and Righteous Kill opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

A veteran of numerous television appearances, Mr. Hughes received wide international acclaim for his portrayal of Wild Bill Guarnere in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and in 2007 joined the cast of HBO's The Sopranos for the show's final season playing Walden Belfiore.

In 2008, Hughes joined the cast of the hit series 24 as Director of Homeland Security Tim Woods and remained for the final two seasons until the series ended.

In 2010, Hughes wrote, produced and starred in the film 'Leave' opposite Rick Gomez, Bryan Cranston and Ron Livingston. It was directed once again, by his long time collaborator Robert Celestino. 'Leave', which won both 'best feature' and the 'audience award' at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, will be released in 2012.

In 2011, Hughes wrote and produced 'The Grief Tourist' staring Michael Cudlitz, Melanie Griffith and Pruitt Taylor Vince. It is set for release in late 2012.

Hughes is co-founder of Reckoner Films along with Rick Gomez.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: M. Clift

Spouse (1)

Jelena (1987 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (11)

A major jazz fan, some of his favorite artists include Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash.
Plays the drums and studied jazz at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachussetts
Is a published poet and was in the same issue of the New York Quarterly as his favorite writer Charles Bukowski.
Worked with Al Pacino and J.J. Johnston in the play American Buffalo in a staged reading at the Tiffany Theater.
Studied with famed New York acting teacher Sonia Moore, who taught him the Stanislavski Method. He went on to become one of the youngest lifetime members of the Actor's Studio in New York after he was accepted at the age of 19.
In 1999, his intense dedication to his craft caused him to gain 58 pounds to prepare to play a man with Down's Syndrome. The film was postponed and in the interim, he was cast in Band of Brothers (2001) where he had two months to lose the weight in order to play a 17-year-old Wild Bill Guarnere. He went through a brutal routine of fasting and running 6-8 miles a day. Just before filming, a doctor told him that he had done serious damage to his adrenal system.
Lived two blocks from the Actors Studio in Hell's Kitchen.
A member of Teamsters local 814 in New York as a furniture mover, which he did on and off for ten years, to support his wife and child.
Is of Irish and Italian descent.
Has been a practicing Buddhist since 1990 and took precepts into the Kwan Um School (a Korean Buddhist lineage) in 2003.
Committed the last murder on ''The Sopranos''.

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