Frank O'Connor, or also known as Frankie, is the Franchise Development Director for the Halo franchise at 343 Industries. Previously, he has worked as the content manager for Bungie. He was the primary writer of the Bungie Weekly Update through the production of Halo 2 and Halo 3, as well as the creator of Master Chief. He announced his departure from Bungie on May 16, 2008 in order to work more closely with Microsoft Studios on Halo-related content.
He is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was born and raised. Growing up Frankie was obsessed with games playing: Pong, 2600, Intellivision, Vectrex, ColecoVision, Sinclair Spectrum, Atari 800, Commodore 64 and so on, until Xbox 360 in the present day. He didn't have them all at the same time, upgrading when the next generation of systems was released.
He was able to parlay his love of video games into a career working at a number of video game magazines including Ultimate Future Magazine, TOTAL! Nintendo Magazine and the Official Xbox Magazine. He then made the jump to Bungie Studios as content manager. Asked about his typical day at the office Frankie told HIH:
- Frankie: Billy Idol, naturally. He's not just my idol, he's the world's idol. Rock!
Do you have any pets?
- Frankie: An enormous cat. Seriously, 22 pounds of rippling feline blubber. In fact, rippling is his only form of exercise.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
- Frankie: I am foreign. Like Balky. Or maybe more like Groundskeeper Willie. Also, I have an enormous tattoo of the Scottish flag on my right shoulder, underneath which is inscribed, "Scotland Forever." On account of how stupefyingly awesome Scotland is. Eventually, when the Scottish Empire has finally secured world peace and total domination of the globe, you will appreciate it.
- Frankie was usually the only player on Bungie's team wearing full Recon Armor in their Humpday games.
- He appeared in a special episode of This Spartan Life.
- His weapon of choice is the Covenant Carbine.
- He was the arch enemy of Martin O'Donnell.
- O'Connor was a co-author of Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, providing the introduction and the short story "Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian."
- He has a daughter who, as of February 2012, is three years old.
- O'Connor makes a cameo appearance in the webseries Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn as Beamish; the janitor who witnesses the fight between Thomas Lasky and Walter Vickers in the mess hall.