Owen Frank

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Profession:  In-vitro Geneticist (retired) Portrayed by:
John Aylward
Connections:  Sean Keenan - test tube son
Seen In:  A Better Human Being
Death Episode:  A Better Human Being
Status:  Deceased
Remarks:  Smothered in assisted living facility by his progeny

Owen Frank is a retired in-vitro fertilization specialist that fathered more than two hundred genetically modified infants with the ability to telepathically communicate with one another


  • Due to the recombinant DNA that his offspring were treated with, they were eventually able to establish a hive mind form of communicating advanced thought and primitive remote-viewing among one another
  • Frank accepted the best female candidates/donors so the results of his DNA modifications were more successful
  • He has been living in an assisted-living complex for a few years following his retirement
  • His research documentation, except for a few general items, is in a storage locker in Back Bay, Massachusetts
  • Frank has been involved with a reporter that intends to write an exposé article about the ethically questionable research Frank performed. That reporters death drew FRINGE Division interest and put Frank on their scope
  • Frank's attempt to 'make better babies' also gave them a heightened protective instinct. That instinct has led the now 'twenty-something' offspring to assassinate anyone that might reveal their genetic condition to the world-at-large... someone like an investigative journalist
  • Frank tells the science team where they can retrieve his research, then he is murder in his room before the team can return


"I promised them successful pregnancies and healthy babies. And that's what I gave them. I attempted to reintroduce abilities that we humans have long since evolved away from, the hard-wired instincts that we share with other animal species." - (to Olivia and Peter, beginning to realize the hubris of his ways and his attempt at divine intervention in over two hundred incidents where he was the male donor in the process)


Central Characters: Olivia DunhamPeter BishopWalter BishopPhillip BroylesAstrid FarnsworthNina Sharp
Central Characters (alt): Bolivia DunhamSecretary BishopColonel BroylesLincoln LeeAgent FrancisAgent FarnsworthBrandon Fayette
Recurring Characters: The ObserverAgent LeeHenrietta BishopEllaBellCaptain WindmarkRachelBrandonSam WeissDavid Jones(alt) Nina SharpCharlieNick LaneHenry HigginsThomas NewtonSanford HarrisMitchell LoebJohn Scott
Additional Characters: Episodic CharactersMinor Characters

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