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Frankie Russel Faison (born June 10, 1949), often credited as Frankie R. Faison, is an American actor


Faison was born in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Carmena (née Gantt) and Edgar Faison. He studied drama at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity. He married Jane Mandel on December 26, 1988, and together, they have three children: Blake, Amanda and Rachel.

Faison received an honorary Doctorate Degree from his alma mater, Illinois Wesleyan University, in 2002 and was the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony.


Faison portrayed Coconut Sid in the film Do the Right Thing.

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