Franklin Eugene Kinkaid was born October 5, 1922 in Gainesville, Florida. He moved with his family to Seattle where he went to Roosevelt High School, graduating in 1940. He discovered his love for acting while attending high school and earned a scholarship to the Aqua Theater, where he gained a great reputation as a gifted actor.
Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. After two years in the Air Corps, he was stationed overseas in Saipan in the central Pacific. A few months later, he was summoned to see the commanding officer who was none other than Major Tyrone Power. Frank was relieved of his duties in Air Force intelligence and was reassigned to produce radio plays with his new CO to boost the morale of servicemen in World War II. Their radio shows from Saipan were very popular with the troops.
Upon returning to the Northwest after the war ended, Frank began acting in Seattle and Portland. He played the devil in the first traveling production of Damned Yankees. He also hit home runs with his scene-stealing performances in The King & I, Kismet, Oklahoma!, High Button Shoes, and his favorite role, Cap’n Andy Hawks in Showboat which became the precursor to his stint at KOIN as Mr. Duffy. Thrilled audiences still remember his performances more than 50 years later.
Frank started in television broadcasting when it was in its infancy. He became a television news director and a cultural commentator. Frank’s greatest love and interest was opera. He wrote for Opera News for over 25 years as a feature writer and critic.