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    FRANKLYN SEAL: LATE ACTOR'S FASCINATING JOURNEY FROM ST. VINCENT To STARDOM

    Biography of Franklyn Seales chronicles late actor’s fascinating journey from St. Vincent to stardom

    Accomplished artist appeared in ‘The Onion Field’ and hit TV sitcom ‘Silver Spoons’ but 'left us much to young,' says author Jean Dorsinville

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012, 4:00 AM

    UPDATED: SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012, 4:00 AM



    Book cover of biography “Franklyn V.E. Seales: Life of An Artist” by Jean Dorsinville


    James Woods (left) and Franklyn Seales portray two cop-killers in “The Onion Field.”

    It takes a lot more than an airline ticket to travel the 4,000 miles from St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Hollywood and land a successful acting career — but the late Franklyn Seales certainly had what it takes.
    From the tiny St. Vincent village of Calliaqua, where he was born on July 15, 1952, Seales came to New York in the 1960s and lived his longtime dream of becoming an accomplished stage performer, TV star and a memorable Hollywood actor.
    Seales died at 37 in 1990 from complications of AIDS.
    “He left us much too young, unfortunately,” said the actor’s brother-in-law Jean Dorsinville, author of the fascinating recently published biography “Franklyn V.E. Seales: Life of An Artist.”
    Seales is probably best remembered as the painstaking fussy business manager on the 1980s NBC hit sitcom “Silver Spoons” and for his moving big screen portrayal of real-life convicted cop killer Jimmy Lee (Youngblood) Smith in the 1979 film “The Onion Field.”
    “Growing up in St. Vincent, he was unique dealing with his peers. He didn’t think like the rest of them. He thought way beyond his years. So, he had ‘it.’ ‘It’ was a talent given to him by the Almighty,” said Dorsinville, who welcomed Seales at the airport when he first arrived in New York from St. Vincent.
    While completing his studies at Brooklyn’s Lincoln High School, Seales agreed to accompany an aspiring-actress friend to an audition at the Julliard School, said Dorsinville. As Seales helped his friend run through the famous “Romeo and Juliet” balcony scene, actor/producer John Houseman (then director and founder of the school’s drama division) paid close attention. Houseman offered Seales a four-year Juilliard scholarship “on the spot,” said Dorsinville.
    When he was younger in St. Vincent, there was a lot of negative feedback to Seales’ then unrealized, but often mentioned, aspirations, said Dorsinville. “But he didn’t fall victim to that (negativity) at all. And this is what makes him so unique. He had his ideas and thoughts in his mind that one day he’d be a famous artist. Nothing would stop him.”
    The 1978 PBS drama, “Trial of the Moke,” about Lt. Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point, was a break-through role for Seales, who went on to appear in “The Onion Field”, “Silver Spoons” (which also starred Houseman), perform in roles on TV shows such as “Hill Street Blues,” and “Amen” and work with the all-star L.A. Theatre Works company.
    “He was quite a (performing) artist, but also he was a painter. He was an overall artist,” Dorsinville said.

    Does Dorsinville, who is completing his fourth book (a novel called “The Diaspora: A Spiritual Journey of Two Friends”) have any thoughts about crafting a screen play and bringing Seales story to the silver screen? “That’s a fantastic question. That would be fabulous. I know there’s a story there.”
    To purchase the Franklyn Seales biography, visit dorsinvillebooks.com.
    Biography of Franklyn Seales chronicles late actor
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    You are a sensationalist. Do you work in tabloid journalism? If not, I think you would have a very good career in that field.

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