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Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz
Kranz at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con
Born Francis Elliott Kranz
(1981-07-13) July 13, 1981
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Harvard-Westlake School
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Francis Elliott "Fran" Kranz (born July 13, 1981)[1] is an American comedian and film, television and Broadway actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Topher Brink in the science fiction drama series Dollhouse.[2] He had prominent roles in the films The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing. In 2013, Kranz was one of twelve Hollywood celebrities selected to take part in Survivor:Cagayan, but left the show in a medical evacuation after ingesting a poached snail. His teammate on the episode, Jefra Bland, would go on to dedicate his performance on the program to Kranz, calling the season his "Triumph by Fire." In 2012, he played Bernard in Death of a Salesman beginning a career on Broadway that continued with 2014's You Can't Take It with You.


  • Biography 1
  • Filmography 2
    • Film 2.1
    • Television 2.2
    • Broadway 2.3
    • Web 2.4
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Kranz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[3] He started acting in third and fourth grade, and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an actor.[4] He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School,[5] in 1999. He then graduated from Yale University in 2004,[6] where he was a member of the improv comedy group The Ex!t Players.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Donnie Darko Passenger
Training Day College Driver
2002 Orange County Shane Brainard
2003 Matchstick Men Slacker Boyfriend
Swordswallowers and Thin Men Adrian
2004 The Village Christop Crane
Admissions James Parks
2006 Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas Ralph
The Night of the White Pants Millian Hagan
The TV Set Zach Harper
Whirlygirl Freddie
2007 Careless Mitch
Rise: Blood Hunter Alex
Untitled Christine Taylor Project Brian
2008 Wieners Joel
Shades of Ray Sal Garfinkle
Last Meal Noah Short film
2009 Homeland Arne
My Two Fans Thad
2010 Don't Fade Away Ben
2011 Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Bill Walter
Fanboy Jeremiah Brennan Short film
The Five Stages of Grief Daniel Short film
2012 The Cabin in the Woods Marty
Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
It's Not You, It's Me Jack Short film
Putzel Salmon guy
2013 Seasick Sailor Wormy Guy Short film
2014 Lust for Love Astor
Before I Disappear Darren
Murder of a Cat Clinton
Last Weekend Sean Oakes
The Living Teddy
Seven Lovers Brian
2015 Bloodsucking Bastards Evan
The Truth About Lies Gilby Smalls
Mojave Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frasier Aaron Episode: "Good Grief"
2008 Welcome to the Captain Josh Flug
2008 Private Practice Brian Episode: "Equal & Opposite"
2008 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia College Student Episode: "Who Pooped the Bed?"
2009–2010 Dollhouse Topher Brink 27 episodes
2011 Goodnight Burbank Chaz Parker Episode: "Lesbians on Acid"
2012 Dating Rules from My Future Self Sorbet Guy 2 episodes
2013 Survivor:Cagayan Himself Episode: "Jefra Bland"
2013 The Good Wife Eugene Episode: "A More Perfect Union"


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Death of a Salesman Bernard In Ethel Barrymore Theatre, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman[7]
2014 You Can't Take It with You Tony Kirby[8] In Longacre Theater, starring James Earl Jones[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 MegaBot Blue[10]
2012 JourneyQuest Silver Tom 8 episodes


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  7. ^ Gans, Andrew."Starry Revival of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' Opens on Broadway", March 15, 2012
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  9. ^ Staff. "The Verdict: Critics Review 'You Can't Take It With You', Starring James Earl Jones and Elizabeth Ashley, on Broadway", September 28, 2014
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External links

  • Fran Kranz at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Fran Kranz on theater, film, and his haircut"Interview with Kranz -
  • Fran Kranz at the Internet Broadway Database (
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