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.
Behind the scenesEdit
Franklin was played by the uncredited stuntman Jon Braver in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Due the fact that Braver was the stuntman who played Franklin, some fans had mistaken Franklin as the soldier who served as Irina Spalko's driver during The Jungle Chase and who was eaten alive by the siafu ants. Emmanuel Todorov, who played Lincoln, was also mistaked as the portrayer of the driver. However, this is false, as Spalko's driver was played by the uncredited Gleb Kaminer.
As an interest fact, like many of the Soviet Special Forces who infiltrated in Hangar 51, Franklin shares his name with a United States of America president, in his case Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Also, according to his insignia, "Franklin" was pretending to be a corporal in the U.S. Army.