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Franklin, North Star cowboy

...as Franklin

Cliff McLaughlin is a stuntman, stunt actor, and stunt coordinator who appeared as Franklin in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "North Star". He previously performed stunts as a Jem'Hadar in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Dogs of War". He received no credit for his appearances.

McLaughlin is specialized in horse riding, weapon stunts, and cowboy performances. He doubled James Read and Patrick Swayze in the television mini series North & South (1985, starring Kirstie Alley, Jean Simmons, and Jonathan Frakes), Christopher Lambert in the comedy Why Me? (1990, with Christopher Lloyd, Michael J. Pollard, and Tony Plana), again Patrick Swayze in the drama Three Wishes (1995), Robert Redford in the drama The Horse Whisperer (1998), and served as stunt double in the The Practice episode Day in Court (1999, with Ed Begley, Jr., Paul Dooley, Mark Sheppard, and stunts by Noon Orsatti) and on the western drama South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000, with Noble Willingham, Matt Malloy, and stunts by Joyce McNeal, Mark Chadwick, and Jimmy Ortega).

He served as stunt coordinator for productions such as the comedy Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997, with Kristin Bauer and stunts by Michelle Sebek and Anita Hart), the horror film Portal (2008, with Mary Stein), and the horror comedy One-Eyed Monster (2008, with Charles Napier).

Other films he performed in include the action film Rambo III (1988, with Kurtwood Smith), the comedy sequel Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989, with David Graf, Matt McCoy, and Gerrit Graham), the drama Flashback (1990, with Paul Dooley and Michael McKean), Kevin Costner's seven time Academy Award winner Dances with Wolves (1990), Predator II (1990, starring Kevin Peter Hall), the comedy sequel Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993, with Brenda Bakke, Miguel Ferrer, and Buck McDancer), the western drama Tombstone (1993), the thrillers Heat (1995) and Kiss the Girls (1997), both with Ashley Judd, the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999, with stunts by Patricia Tallman, Lynn Salvatori, and Joey Box), the remake Wild Wild West (1999, with Musetta Vander), the comedy America's Sweethearts (2001), David Fincher's Panic Room (2002), the horror thriller The Ring (2002, with Shannon Cochran), and the action film Hostage (2005, with Jimmy Bennett, Michelle Horn, Tina Lifford, and Marjean Holden).

McLaughlin also appeared in several television series, including Little House on the Prairie (1980), raven (1993), Walker, Texas Ranger (2001, coordinated by Lauro Chartrand), and The Practice (2002, with Bill Smitrovich).

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