Frankie Faison stars as Ron on the new NBC drama “The Village.”
Faison was born in Newport News, Va., and studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University before attending NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.
He started his acting career in 1974 in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear,” with James Earl Jones in the title role. Faison would later appear opposite Jones in the Broadway premiere of “Fences,” for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In 1988, he appeared alongside Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” and ear...