Marcus Carl Franklin is an American actor born February 24, 1993 in Carmel, New York. He began attending The Harlem School of the Arts when he was six years old, giving him exposure to art at a very young age. His first noteworthy performance was his role as ‘Ruben Santiago Jr.’, the lead character in George C. Wolfe's heavily praised drama, Lackawanna Blues. This film dramatizes the character of author’s primary caregiver and shows how a young boy's life is shaped by love. Two years later, Franklin played a young ‘Bob Dylan’, riding the rails to the tunes of Woody Guthrie in Todd Haynes' daring, controversial, and experimental film I'm Not There.