Frank Underwood (House of Cards)

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Francis Joseph Underwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of the American adaptation of House of Cards, portrayed by Kevin Spacey.wikipedia
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House of Cards (American TV series)

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Francis Joseph Underwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of the American adaptation of House of Cards, portrayed by Kevin Spacey.
House of Cards is set in Washington, D.C. and is the story of Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and House Majority Whip, and his equally ambitious wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright).

Claire Underwood

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He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), and also had a sexual relationship with Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in season 1.
She is the wife of the show's protagonist Francis J. Underwood (Kevin Spacey).

Kevin Spacey

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Francis Joseph Underwood is a fictional character and the protagonist of the American adaptation of House of Cards, portrayed by Kevin Spacey.
From 2013 to 2017, he played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards, which won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series|Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series]].

Chapter 1 (House of Cards)

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He made his first appearance in the series' pilot episode, "Chapter 1".
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is an ambitious Democratic congressman and the House Majority Whip.

House of Cards (season 1)

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He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), and also had a sexual relationship with Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in season 1.
Set in present-day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democrat from South Carolina's 5th congressional district and the House Majority Whip, who, after getting passed over for appointment as Secretary of State, decides to exact his revenge on those who betrayed him.

House of Cards (season 2)

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In season 2, he is the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, before becoming President of the United States in the season finale.
Kevin Spacey won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama for playing Frank Underwood in season 2.

House of Cards (season 6)

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In a teaser trailer for the sixth season of House of Cards, it is shown that Underwood died in 2017 and is now buried next to his father in South Carolina.
Frank Underwood does not appear in this season, as actor Kevin Spacey was fired from the show due to sexual misconduct allegations.

Robin Wright

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He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), and also had a sexual relationship with Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in season 1.
Since 2013, Wright has appeared in the Netflix political drama web television series House of Cards in the role of Claire Underwood, the ruthless wife of political mastermind Frank Underwood.

Kate Mara

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He is married to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), and also had a sexual relationship with Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) in season 1.
In 2012, Mara joined the cast of House of Cards, playing the part of Zoe Barnes, an intrepid reporter from Washington, D.C. who becomes a major ally to Frank Underwood by leaking stories that undermine his rivals.

65th Primetime Emmy Awards

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Spacey was one of the first three actors playing leading roles in web-television series to be nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Fourth wall

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Some 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 same technique is also used, though less frequently, in the American adaptation of House of Cards by main character Frank Underwood and by his wife Claire.

House of Cards (British TV series)

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He is based on Francis Urquhart, the protagonist of the British novel and television series House of Cards, from which the American Netflix series is drawn.
The show stars Kevin Spacey as Francis "Frank" Underwood, the Majority Whip of the Democratic Party, who schemes and murders his way to becoming President of the United States.

Francis Urquhart

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He is based on Francis Urquhart, the protagonist of the British novel and television series House of Cards, from which the American Netflix series is drawn.
In the 2013 U.S. remake of the House of Cards trilogy, Urquhart's place is filled by Francis "Frank" Underwood (Kevin Spacey), a Democratic representative from South Carolina's 5th district and House Majority Whip.

Gaffney, South Carolina

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Underwood is from Gaffney, South Carolina.
Fictional politician Frank Underwood, the protagonist of the Netflix series House of Cards, is a native of the city and its federal representative in the United States House of Representatives (for South Carolina's 5th congressional district) and later President of the United States.

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina

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He graduated from The Sentinel (a fictionalized version of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina) in 1981 and, subsequently, Harvard Law School in 1984.

Oscar Underwood

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His last name is derived from Oscar Underwood, who served as the first Democratic House Minority Whip from about 1900 to 1901.
In the Netflix web series House of Cards, the main character, Frank Underwood, shares the same last name as Underwood.

Whip (politics)

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He was elected Whip for the Democratic Party in 2005, serving as House Majority Whip between 2005 and 2013.
In the American remake of House of Cards, Frank Underwood is the House Majority Whip for the US Democratic Party.

South Carolina's 5th congressional district

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Underwood was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 as a Democratic representative for the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina, being sworn in during January 1991.
*In the first season of House of Cards, protagonist Frank Underwood represents the district in the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat.

Beau Willimon

According to series producer Beau Willimon, the change in last name stemmed from the "Dickensian" feeling and "more legitimately American" sounding resonance of the name 'Underwood'.
It was produced by Media Rights Capital, David Fincher, and Kevin Spacey, and for five seasons starred Spacey as ruthless politician Frank Underwood and Robin Wright as his equally scheming wife Claire.

21st Screen Actors Guild Awards

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In season 2, Spacey won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and a [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series|Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding by an Ensemble in a Drama Series]].

3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards

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At the 3rd Critics' Choice Television Awards, Spacey was nominated for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Underwood.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards

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In season 2, Spacey won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards and Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series at the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as nominations for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and a [[Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series|Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding by an Ensemble in a Drama Series]].

Brokered convention

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During the resulting open convention, Underwood intimidates the front-runner, Secretary of State Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson), into surrendering her delegates, and uses the public sympathy from Claire's mother's death to ensure that he and Claire are nominated.
Incumbent Frank Underwood is easily nominated for the presidency, but the vice presidential nomination is contested between Secretary of State Catherine Durant and First Lady Claire Underwood.

67th Primetime Emmy Awards

2015(67th)Primetime Emmy Awards
In season 3, Spacey was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, his third nomination for the role.

22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards

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He also was nominated for both Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards.