Frank in The Last of Us TV show is played by Australian actor Murray Bartlett. He is best known for his roles as Armond in The White Lotus and Nick De Noia in Welcome to Chippendales.

Murray Bartlett has appeared in 56 projects that span TV series, Disney+ Originals, shorts, and a handful of films.

Bartlett shares most of his on-screen presence with an incredibly famous sit-com actor playing the beloved character Bill.

Born20 March 1971 
BirthplaceSydney, Australia
Height1.8 m / 5ft 9
Social Media LinksInstagram – murray.bartlett
The promotional image for Murray Bartlett as Frank in The Last of Us TV Show
Credit – HBO

Who Is Murray Bartlett From The Last of Us?

Murray Bartlett is an Australian actor who went from starring in Australian soaps to big-budget American TV shows like The Last of Us.

He’s won several accolades over the years, including for his role as Armond in The White Lotus. Additionally, he has starred in several critically and commercially successful films and TV shows.

Murray Bartlett is joined in The Last of Us by another critically acclaimed actor, Anna Torv, who is playing another iconic character from the video game.

Murray Bartlett in the Disney+ show Welcome to Chippendales
Murray Bartlet in Welcome to Chippendales (Credit – Disney)

Who Is Frank in The Last of Us?

Frank is a smuggler and Bill’s partner in The Last of Us. They met almost twenty years before the beginning of the game and joined forces to protect the small town of Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Together, they fortified the town and grew exceptionally close to one another, with a romantic bond between the two being very heavily implied.

It is during this time that Frank meets Joel, the protagonist of The Last of Us, played by another incredibly famous and beloved actor.

In the 2013 The Last of Us video game, Frank isn’t played by anyone. He is first mentioned by Bill and in notes but is later found dead in his house by Joel, Ellie, and Bill.

Murray Bartlett as Frank in the Last of Us TV Show
Credit – HBO

What Happens to Frank in The Last of Us?

In The Last of Us TV show, after living with Bill for 16 years, Frank becomes very ill. He decides to end his life but wants to marry Bill first.

After getting married, they have a final meal together before putting enough crushed-up pills to kill them in their wine. Tragically, they die together in Bill’s house.

In the video game, Frank grows tired of Bill after living with him for twenty years. So, he decides to abandon him with the intention of being smuggled into the Boston QZ.

However, while attempting to steal a car battery, he is bitten by an Infected and forced to run away. In fear of becoming one of them, he sadly chooses to end his life.

Frank isn’t the only character to die this way, as his death is akin to the grizzly fate that befalls another character in The Last of Us TV show.

Bill and Frank eating a meal together in The Last of Us TV show
Credit – HBO

All Murray Bartlett Movies, TV Shows & More

  • The Flying Doctors (TV Series) 1987 – Michael Freeman (1 episode)
  • Home and Away (TV Series) 1992 – Randy Evans (13 episodes)
  • Police Rescue (TV Series) 1992 – Anthony Scanlon (1 episode)
  • E Street (TV Series) 1992 – Jason King (6 episodes)
  • A Country Practice (TV Series) 1992 – 1993 – Owen Wyatt/Richard Welbourne (3 episodes)
  • Neighbours (TV Series) 1993 – Luke Foster (4 episodes)
  • The Ferals (TV Series) 1995 – Dr. Brad Ivory (1 episode)
  • Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (Film) 1995 – Sandy Tayler
  • The Beast (TV Mini-Series) 1996 – Christopher Lane (2 episodes)
  • G.P (TV Series) 1996 – ??? (1 episode)
  • Flipper (TV Series) 1997 – Kieth (1 episode)
  • The Tower (TV Movie) 1997 – Jeremy
  • Life and Death (Short) 1997 – ???
  • Half Mongrel (Short) 1998 – Guy
  • Murder Call (TV Series) 1999 – Gavin Todd (1 episode)
  • The Hooley Dooleys (TV Series) 1999 – Russell (voice)
  • Above the Law (TV Series) 2000 – Nathan Peters (1 episode)
  • The Three Stooges (TV Movie) 2000 – Trocadera Patron
  • Muffled Love (Short) 2001 – Ben
  • Flat Chat (TV Series) 2001 – ??? (1 episode)
  • Sex and the City (TV Series) 2002 – Oliver Spencer (1 episode)
Murray Bartlett as Oliver in Sex and the City
Murray Bartlett in Sex and the City (Credit – HBO)
  • McLeod’s Daughters (TV Series) 2002 – Simon (3 episodes)
  • The Secret Life of Us (TV Series) 2002 – Nick (6 episodes)
  • Farscape (TV Series) 1999 – 2003 – Douglas ‘D.K’ Knox (4 episodes)
  • All My Children (TV Series) 20002 – 2003 – Julian Sinclair (9 episodes)
  • Postmortem (Short) 2005 – Troy
  • All Saints (TV Series) 2006 – Roy Pickforth (1 episode)
  • Headland (TV Series) 2006 – James Brogan (5 episodes)
  • Om (Short) 2007 – John
  • Flight of the Conchords (TV Series) 2007 – Mark (1 episode)
  • The Guiding Light (TV Series) 2007 – 2009 – Cyrus Foley (257 episodes)
  • White Collar (TV Series) 2009 – Adrian Tulane (1 episode)
  • Boys on Film 4: Protect Me from What I Want (Collection of Short Films) 2010 – Troy (segment “Postmortem”)
  • Needle (Film) 2010 – Tony Martin
  • August (Film) 2011 – Troy
  • Damages (TV Series) 2011 – Seth Sloane (1 episode)
  • Girl Most Likely (Film) 2012 – James Whitney
  • Kingston Avenue (Short) 2013 – Le copain de Barbara
  • The Good Wife (TV Series) 2014 – Logan (1 episode)
  • Stubborn (Film) 2015 – Murray
  • Looking (TV Series) 2014 – 2015 – Dom Basaluzzo (16 episodes)
Murray Bartlett in the TV show Looking
Murray Bartlett in Looking (Credit – HBO)
  • The New Yorker Presents (TV Series) 2016 – Roy Spivey (1 episode)
  • Limitless (TV Series) 2016 – Conrad Harris (1 episode)
  • Looking: The Movie (Film) 2016 – Dom Basaluzzo
  • Conviction (TV Series) 2016 – Victor Bonotto (1 episode)
  • Nashville (TV Series) 2017 – Jakob Fine (2 episodes)
  • Beach House (Film) 2018 – Paul
  • Iron Fist (TV Series) 2017 – 2018 – Dr. Paul Edmonds (3 episodes)
  • Madam Secretary (TV Series) 2019 – Australian Prime Minister Chris Lawson (1 episode)
  • Tales of the City (TV Series) 2019 – Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver (9 episodes)
  • The Stand-In (Film) 2020 – Terry
  • The White Lotus (TV Series) 2021 – Armond (6 episodes)
  • Physical (TV Series) 2022 – Vinnie Green (5 episodes)
  • The Great North (TV Series) 2022 – Crocodile Rob (voice) (1 episode)
  • Welcome to Chippendales (TV Series) 2022 – 2023 – Nick De Noia (8 episodes)
  • The Last of Us (TV Series) 2023 – Frank (1 episode)

5 Facts About Murray Bartlett

He Has Won 3 Awards

Murrary Bartlett has won three awards and has been nominated for an additional three. He won the AACTA International Award for Best Actor in a Series for The White Lotus in 2022.

He also won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for The White Lotus.

Murray Bartlett as Armond in The White Lotus
Murray Bartlett in The White Lotus (Credit – HBO)

He Has Toured With Hugh Jackman

In 2006, just before his big break in Sex and the City, Murray Bartlett actually starred in a musical featuring the one and only Hugh Jackman.

The musical in question was the Broadway hit, The Boy From Oz, which starred Jackman as Peter Allen. They toured together in Australia for the year.

The Last of Us Isn’t His First HBO Show

The Last of Us isn’t Murray Bartlett’s first project with the HBO streaming service. In fact, Bartlett has been in several other HBO projects throughout his career.

These include an episode in Sex and the City, a main role in both Looking and Looking: The Movie, and a main role in the hit series, The White Lotus Season 1.

Murray Bartlett in Looking
Murray Bartlett in Looking (Credit – HBO)

He Is Not a Gamer

During an interview for The Last of Us, Murray Bartlett revealed that while he had extensively researched The Last of Us game, he isn’t a gamer.

It comes as no surprise, as neither Bella Ramsey nor Pedro Pascal had played The Last of Us before joining the show.

He Graduated From the National Institute of Dramatic Art 

Much like his co-star Anna Torv, Murray Bartlett graduated from the prestigious acting school in Australia, the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

Fans may recognize another of the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s alumni, the world-famous actor Cate Blanchett.

FAQs About Murray Bartlett

Does Murray Bartlett Have Any Children?

No, Murray Bartlet does not have children at this time.

Is Murray Barlett Married?

No, Murray Bartlett is not married.

Does Murray Bartlett Use Social Media?

Yes, Murray Bartlett uses Instagram. He can be found at murray.bartlett

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