John Friedrichￂﾠ(b. March 15, 1958,ￂﾠCalifornia) is an American film actor. A talented and enigmatic character actor of the 1970s and early 1980s, John Friedrich is probably best known for his portrayal of Joey Capra inￂﾠThe Wanderersￂﾠ(1979),ￂﾠPhilip Kaufman's film adaption ofￂﾠRichard Price's novel. A familiar face on television throughout the '70s, Friedrich made guest starring appearances on the police drama series,ￂﾠBaretta, andￂﾠThe Streets of San Francisco. He also had a strong supporting role in theￂﾠJohn Travoltaￂﾠtelefilm,ￂﾠThe Boy in the Plastic Bubble. In 1984 Friedrich played the lead role of Marshall Weatherly inￂﾠThe Paper Chaseￂﾠepisode "Not Prince Hamlet". In 1978, he appeared in the much-criticized disco film,ￂﾠThank God It's Friday. The year later he was cast as Joey inￂﾠThe Wanderers. In 1982, he worked alongsideￂﾠJames Woodsￂﾠin the prison drama,ￂﾠFast-Walking, in which he portrayed aￂﾠgayￂﾠconvict called "Squeeze." Another of Friedrich's most recognizable roles was as Frank Cleary, the oldest of the Cleary brothers, in the 1983 mini-series,ￂﾠThe Thorn Birds; based on the novel byￂﾠColleen McCullough. In both The Thorn Birds, and Friedrich's final film release, The Final Terror, he worked with the British actressￂﾠRachel Ward. After working in The Thorn Birds, Friedrich ended his film career. The Final Terror, which was filmed in 1980 under the titleￂﾠThree Blind Mice, was released (after Friedrich's retirement) due to the popularity of its female leads: Rachel Ward andￂﾠDaryl Hannah. At the peak of his career with The Thorn Birds; Friedrich retired to New Mexico, married, started a family, and began a career as a financial consultant.ￂﾠHe also became something of a cult icon as his films developed a cult following. Rumors persisted about him, including one recurring myth that he was working as a live-in gardener for his Wanderers co-star,ￂﾠKen Wahl,ￂﾠwho had gone on to success in the television seriesￂﾠWiseguy. There has also been confusion between the film actor, and an Australian criminal and former government official of the same name who committed suicide in 1991. At least one website, listing actors (Answers.com) has claimed that the actor and the criminal,ￂﾠJohn Friedrich, are one and the same. In 2007, Friedrich resurfaced when he appeared on stage at theￂﾠUniversity of Hawai'iￂﾠto discuss his films with UH professor, Marc Moody. During this stage appearance, Friedrich shared anecdotes of his decade-long career and commented that he would like to return to acting, to "complete that chapter" in his life.