Franklin was one of the soldiers who accompanied Irina Spalko and Dovchenko to Hangar 51 in Nevada, disguised as an American soldier named Franklin. On the way there, he was goaded into a race with Jimmy Keegan despite "Roosevelt"'s objections. When Indiana Jones made his bid for freedom, it was Franklin's machine gun that he grabbed with his whip and threw to Mac.
Later, Franklin accompanied "Lincoln" and "Hoover" to Doom Town searching for Indy. They heard the air raid siren and Lincoln yelled for them to come on, but as they drove away the nuclear shockwave destroyed their car, killing all three, while Jones survived the explosion inside a nuke fridge.
Behind the scenesEdit
Franklin was played uncredited by stuntman Jon Braver in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Like many of the Soviet Special Forces who infiltrated Hangar 51, Franklin shares his name with a US president, in his case Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
In the film's original script, written by David Koepp, there was originally going to be an scene in which Indy was to use his whip to make Franklin shoot himself, killing him in the process and allowing Indy to take his gun with his whip. Although cut from the final version of the film, this fate for Franklin is used in the Crystal Skull novelization and comic book adaptation.
According to his insignia, "Franklin" was pretending to be a corporal in the US Army.
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (First appearance)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull novel
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comic