Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck on the ABC hit comedy The Middle, now in its seventh season. Heaton was nominated seven times and won two Emmy Awards as Best Actress for her role as Debra Barone on the award-winning series Everybody Loves Raymond. In addition to her Emmy® wins, Heaton is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG award and three SAG ensemble nominations for Raymond.
In May of 2012, Heaton received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Heaton starred with Kelsey Grammer in the comedy Back to You on Fox, and also starred with Linda Lavin in Room for Two. Her other series include Someone Like Me, Women of the House, and a recurring role on the critically-acclaimed series thirtysomething. She has also appeared in the CBS television film A Town Without Christmas and Miracle in the Woods. Heaton also appeared in Hallmark’s Front of the Class. Recent theater credits include the role of “Stella” in the Second Stage production of The Scene, a play by “Smash” writer Theresa Rebeck.
Heaton produced and starred in the TNT/FourBoys Entertainment production The Engagement Ring. She also starred in the TNT/Neil Simon production of The Goodbye Girl and ABC’s The Path to 9/11. Her feature film credits include Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Beethoven, New Age and Space Jam.
In 2001, Heaton co-founded FourBoys Entertainment, a production company which she runs with her husband David Hunt. FourBoys Entertainment productions include The Engagement Ring for TNT and the documentary feature film The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania. Recent FourBoys projects include The Christmas Heart for Hallmark Channel and the web series Versailles.
FourBoys Entertainment also co-produced the feature drama Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, in conjunction with Walden Media.
In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is also a bestselling author whose book “Motherhood and Hollywood — How to Get A Job Like Mine” was on the New York Times best-sellers list.
Since graduating from The Juilliard School in New York City, David has worked extensively in film, television and on stage, with some of the industry’s finest directors – Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Apted and William Friedkin among them.
He has played a variety of roles in feature films including Mom’s Night Out for Sony, The Dead Pool (WB), Jade (Paramount), The Black Velvet Gown, The Engagement Ring, Just Like A Woman, Bobby Jones, Trip to Tunis and in The Deal, with William H. Macy and Meg Ryan. He has had starring roles in the TV films Closing Ranks, The Bombmaker, Anna Lee, The Dancer’s Touch for ABC, The Grid for TNT/BBC, Murder on The Orient Express for CBS, and Miracle In The Woods.
He has been a series regular in the TV series The Chief (ITV), Beck (BBC), The Dream Team (Sky) and has made numerous appearances on TV shows including HBO’s The Comeback with Lisa Kudrow, Numbers, Monk, Everybody Loves Raymond, Falcon Crest, Nasty Boys, and The Client amongst many others. He also appeared as Darren McCarthy in season six of 24, for Fox. He was seen on Liz & Dick for the Lifetime Movie Channel, AMC’s Mad Men and Castle for ABC. He has just completed filming on Genius for Fox/Nat Geo.
David’s stage work includes The Memory of Water at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC, Therese Raquin and Triumph of Love (with Paul Giamatti) at The La Jolla Playhouse, Progress (with Tony Shalhoub) at The Long Wharf Theatre and Hamlet at the Baltimore Center Stage.
He made his directorial debut with the film, The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania, which won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival in 2006. The documentary feature was produced through FourBoys Entertainment, the production company he co-founded in 2001.
Other productions from the company include the films The Engagement Ring for TNT, and the 2007 release Amazing Grace, starring Ioan Gruffud, Albert Finney and Michael Gambon. The digital comedy, Versailles, in which he performed as an actor, directed and produced, debuted as a web series on MyDamnChannel. The company also produced the Hallmark TV movies The Christmas Heart and Christmas at Cartwright’s.
The company is currently in pre-production for the independent feature films, Florence, Not Italy, Moment of Glory, and a film based on the book Enslaved By Ducks. It also has a number of TV shows in development.
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She began her career at ABC in the Drama Series Development Department under Greer Shephard, and ultimately became VP of Development for SHEPHARD/ROBIN PRODS., where they produced several pilots to series, which include NIP/TUCK for FX, THE D.A. for ABC and POPULAR and BRUTALLY NORMAL for the WB. Subsequently, she moved on to VP of Drama Development at UPN where she was involved in the development of VERONICA MARS and KEVIN HILL. Most recently, she started REBECCA STAY CONSULTANCY, taking her years of experience to help writers in both TV and Film and workshopped the writers for the DISNEY ABC CREATIVE TALENT DEVELOPMENT WRITER’S PROGRAM.