Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 20 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination. He is regularly reviewed as “the best speaker we have ever heard” by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation.
He is perhaps still best known, however, for his many roles on television. He starred for seven years as Steve Andropoulos on As the World Turns opposite Meg Ryan, a storyline that garnered the second highest ratings in the history of daytime television. He next appeared for four years as Father Michael Donnelly on the Emmy award-winning Santa Barbara, and as tycoon Simon Romero on General Hospital, opposite Emma Samms. Frank has also guest-starred in recurring roles on L.A. LAW as talk-show host Brooks Tapman, on Falcon Crest as chess genius Jovan Dmytryk, on Melrose Place as Father Tom, and on All My Children as Forrest Williams.
Frank starred as Detective Marty Lowery in the feature film Sudden Death and as Pierre Lyon in Bolero. He appeared to rave reviews on the New York stage as Hercules in Aristophanes' The Birds, and in regional theater as Clifford in Deathtrap and Oliver Costello in The Spider's Web.
On the radio, he has hosted his own comedy talk show on the top-rated L.A. station, KFI, and on WCNN in Atlanta. He co-hosted Charles McPhee's nationally syndicated radio show, The Dream Doctor. (And he continues to appear as a recurring guest expert on radio and TV.)
Frank is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Religion. After studying acting in New York and Los Angeles for 15 years, he attended Fuller Seminary in preparation for the writing and performance of his first one-man play, AFRAID!: The Gospel of Mark. He continued his studies at Yale Divinity School and General Theological Seminary, from which he received his Masters, with honors, in l994. He workshopped his first productions in cooperation with the faculty of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and the University of Dayton.
Frank has now translated and adapted seven Biblical texts for performance as one-man dramas:
Frank is also a popular youth speaker on the subject of the mass media, using humor to reveal the shortcomings of the media's world view. His subjects include:
He has been a featured speaker at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, the commencement speaker at several prep schools, and the keynoter at numerous state and national youth conventions.
Frank is busy writing an autobiographical book: ESCAPE FROM HOLLYWOOD: An Actor's Unlikely Journey to Faith.
He and his wife Annie, live in Los Angeles with their three children.