Francis Rossi

as

Achillas

Francis Rossi plays Achillas, who offers encouragement to Nicholas during one of the periods when Christians suffered persecution. In turn, Nicholas brings a new hope and perspective to Achillas.

Buffalo native Frank Rossi began his acting career in plays and musicals at Baker Victory High School. While attending Colgate University on a football scholarship, he continued to perform on stage. Following his graduation from Colgate, Frank began to study acting for the screen. Not long after, a friend’s urging prompted Frank to move to Florida where he walked into the Miami Vice production office and persuaded the casting director to audition him on the spot. Two days later he landed a role on the number one TV show in the country. Upon returning to New York he guest starred on As the World Turns and One Life to Live.

After moving to the West Coast, he spent 12 years in Los Angeles acting in several feature films including White Men Can’t Jump, Blue Chips, The Criminal Mind, as well as guest starring on television in Hunter, The Single Guy, Champs, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless and All My Children. He had also teamed up with manager/producer Beverlee Dean, who managed such notables as Reese Witherspoon and Drew Barrymore. Frank was asked to privately coach several of Ms. Dean’s new clients at the time, including The Passion Of The Christ star Jim Caviezel.

It was around this time that Frank began writing for film and television. Over the last several years, he has written the short film Struggle Within (co-written with William Phelps), an episode of the TV show Millennium, the feature film A Time Of Fear (which had an L.A. premier in 2003), and several other screenplays. Most recently, his works include The Ghost Of Father Baker and An Everyday Hero, as well as co-writing and starring in the short film Exit 14. Along with Frank’s featured role as Achillas in Nicholas of Myra, he also recently appeared in The Alphabet Killer with Timothy Hutton.

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