Al Franken

Born in May 21, 1951, Al Franken is an American writer, comedian and politician and has served as the junior United States Senator from Minnesota since 2009. He rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s as a writer and performer on the television comedy show Saturday Night Live. Franken is a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), an affiliate of the Democratic Party. For more information, read the article below.

Al Franken

Before Fame: Before fame, he graduated from Harvard University.

Family/ Relationships

Al Franken Religion/Ethnicity

Born in New York City, he is the son of Joseph Franken, a printing salesman and Phoebe Franken, a real estate agent. His paternal grandparents emigrated from Germany; his maternal grandfather came from Grodno, Belarus, and his maternal grandmother’s parents were also from the Russian Empire. Both of his parents were Jewish, and Al was raised in a Reform Jewish home.

Al Franken Family/Children

He is married to Franni Bryson. They have two children: Thomasin and Joseph. For more information, contact him on twitter.

Profile / Wiki / Information

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Alan Stuart Franken
  • Nicknames: Al Franken
  • Birthday: May 21, 1951
  • Age: 66 years old
  • Birthplace: New York City, New York, US
  • Current Residence: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Education: Harvard University
  • Profession: Comedian, Politician, Writer
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity/Race: White
  • Religion:  Not Available
  • Zodiac: Gemini
  • Spouse/Wife:  Franni Bryson (1975-present)
  • Children: 2
  • Net Worth: $8 million USD (approx)


  • Height:  5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m)
  • Weight: Not Available

Trivia/ Facts that you probably didn’t know

  • He was an improv comedy performer and sketch comedy writer at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, MN, in the early 1970s.
  • When ex-President Bill Clinton was on book tour for his autobiography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he saw Franken and said, “My hero’s here.”
  • He received a perfect score (800) on the math section of the SAT.
  • He announced his bid to run for U.S. Senate in 2008 representing the state of Minnesota.
  • His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, and his maternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant. His maternal grandmother was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.

Memorable Quotes:

No, I grew up very middle class. My parents didn’t make a lot of money. My dad was not a high school graduate – he didn’t have a career as such, he was a printing salesman essentially for most of his working life.

No one is more sensitive to the issue of overeating than the creator of Stuart Smalley.