Made his film debut in 1981 with a small role in Ragtime.
The only actor to have appeared in the first four films about the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lector; portrayed Lt. Fisk in Manhunter (1986) and Nurse Barney in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Hannibal (2001) and Red Dragon (2002).
Keynote speaker for Illinois Wesleyan University's class of 2002; was presented with an honorary doctorate.
Spokesperson for the Organization for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
1987, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
Carmena Faison — Mother
Jane Mandel Faison — Wife
Edgar Faison — Father
Derek Faison — Brother
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois, United States (1971); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Theatre, 1974)
Birth Name: Frankie Russel Faison
Birth Place: Newport News, Virginia, United States