CASE 5. Frank Underwood / Quotes
Francis J. “Frank” Underwood is a fictional character from the Netflix web television seriesHouse of Cards played by Kevin Spacey. He is the series protagonist and is a variation of Francis Urquhart, the main character from the British novel and television series House of Cards from which the American Netflix series is adapted. He is married to Claire Underwood(Robin Wright), but also had a sexual relationship with Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara). Underwood made his first appearance in the series’s pilot episode, “Chapter 1“.
Underwood is from Gaffney, South Carolina. He graduated from The Sentinel, a fictionalized version of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and Harvard Law School. Much of Underwood’s dialogue throughout the series is presented in a direct address to the audience, a narrative technique that breaks the fourth wall. The character speaks in a southern dialect. During season 1, he is a Democratic Majority Whip in the United States House of Representatives. In season 2, he is the newly appointed Vice President of the United Statesbefore becoming full-fledged President of the United States.
The character has been described as conniving, Machiavellian and even evil while receiving significant critical praise. He is one of the several 21st century antiheroes that have appeared on television to much critical acclaim. Spacey shared the distinction of being among the first three leading web television roles to be nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards when the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on July 18, 2013. Spacey’s portrayal of Underwood is the only one of those three to earn a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nomination. Spacey has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award andSAG Award for his performance.