Clement von Franckenstein was born in Sunninghill, England, the son of the former Austrian Ambassador to the Court of St. James. He was educated at Eton College, and served three years as a lieutenant in the Royal Scots Greys, in Aden, Bahrain (guarding oil in Kuwait) and Germany.
A working professional actor for forty years, he has appeared in over 80 feature films including Lionheart
opposite Jean-Claude van Damme, Festival In Cannes
with Anouk Aimee, Shining Through
opposite Melanie Griffith, Fatal Instinct
for director Carl Reiner, and Robin Hood-Men In Tights
for Mel Brooks.
He portrayed the President of France (Renee-Jean d’Astier) opposite Michael Douglas and Annette Bening in The American President for director Rob Reiner, and co-starred in Evening Star with Shirley Maclaine.
His many television guest roles include Californication, The Nick Show Kroll, Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apt 23, Star Trek The Next Generation, Arliss, and an Emmy nominated episode of Northern Exposure.
He co-starred in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge with Halle Berry, and was a series regular on Titans (NBC), Manchester Prep (20th Fox) and the hit MTV comedy reality series The Assistant as Andy Dick’s butler "Max.”
His stage work includes The Girl On The Via Flaminia with Sean Penn and Meg Tilley, Harvey opposite John Astin, Cleopatra And The Night with Tobey Maguire, and The Good Soul Of Szechwan by Bertold Brecht directed by Gulu Monteiro.
Clement recently originated the role of "General Chuck Gorgidson” in Justin Butcher’s hit musical satire The Madness Of George W – Strangelove Revisited, which ran for 8 months in London’s West End.
He appeared in two projects for Hallmark – the lead opposite Leah Thompson in Jane Doe - Yes, I Remember It Well, and the 4-hour mini-series Blackbeard as Admiral Joseph Pennington with Mark Umbers, Jessica Chastain and Angus Macfayden filmed in Thailand by director Kevin Connor.
Recent films include co-starring opposite Dolph Lundgren in Command Performance, also co-starring with Dan Fogler and Angie Everhart as a German Playboy Voyeur in Take Me Home Tonight for Relativity Pictures, and portraying Emily Blunt’s Grandfather in Universal’s The Five Year Engagement.
On TV he recently Guest Starred opposite David Duchovny as Lars Meyerhoff on Californication (playing a spoof of Danish Film Director Lars von Trier) and with Nick Kroll on the upcoming Nick Show Kroll.
His recent film Wallenda, set in 1925 Germany, where he portrays Luis Weitzman, Karl Wallenda’s original Trainer, has already won Best Film at three film festivals, and is being entered later this year for the Best Short Film Oscar.
Away from acting, his full Austrian title is Reichsfreiherr (Baron) Clement von und zu Franckenstein (Mary Shelley adapted his family name for her 1818 literary classic) and he was written up in the July 2nd 2001 issue of People Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 Bachelors.