Mostly Credited As: Franklin Cover
Sometimes Credited As: Frank Cover
Franklin E. Cover
Birth Name: Franklin Edward Cover
Date Of Birth: November 20, 1928 (Age 77)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Cleveland, Ohio
Date Of Death: February 05, 2006
Cause Of Death: Pneumonia (Englewood, New Jersey)
Height: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
In his nearly six decades in show business, Cover made numerous appearances on television shows, including "The Jackie Gleason Show," "All in the Family," "Who's the Boss?" "Will & Grace," "Living Single," "Mad About You" and "ER." He began his career on the stage, appearing in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and "Henry IV," and later in numerous Broadway productions, including "Any Wednesday," "Wild Honey and "Born Yesterday." But Cover was best known for his role as Tom Willis, who was in an interracial marriage with a black woman, in "The Jeffersons."
He and his wife lived in the same "deluxe apartment building" that George Jefferson (Sherman Hemsley) moved his family to after making money in the dry-cleaning business. There, Cover often played a comic foil to Hemsley's blustering, opinionated black businessman. The show ran from 1975 to 1985. Cover also appeared in several films, including "The Great Gatsby," "The Stepford Wives" and "Wall Street." Cover died of pneumonia Sunday, February 5th, at the Lillian Booth Actor's Fund of America home in Englewood, New Jersey, said publicist Dale Olson. He had been living at the home since December 2005 while recuperating from a heart condition. He had one son, Bradford and one daughter, Susan.