Fast Facts

  • Acting career began on stage in Hamlet and Henry IV.
  • Appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including Applause and Born Yesterday.
  • Made history playing the husband in the first interracial married couple featured on a network primetime show (Tom Willis on The Jeffersons).
  • Son, Bradford Cover, is also an actor.


  • Bradford Cover — Son
  • Susan — Daughter
  • Franklin Held Cover — Father
  • Britta Cover — Mother
  • Mary Bradford Stone — Wife


  • Denison University, Granville, OH

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  • Birth Name: Franklin Edward Cover
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Died: February 5, 2006
  • Profession: Actor

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