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 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 Dicks 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 Butchers hit musical satire The Madness Of George W Strangelove Revisited, which ran for 8 months in Londons West End.
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 Wallendas 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 Americas Top 50 Bachelors.