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Shawn Fonteno
Born
Shawn Darnell Fonteno

Nationality American
Other names Solo
Occupation
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active 1999–present
Known for Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
Children 1
Relatives Young Maylay (cousin)

Shawn Darnell Fonteno, also known as Solo, is an American actor and rapper. He is best known for playing Franklin Clinton in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V. He is the older cousin of American rapper Young Maylay, who played Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Fonteno was raised in Watts, Los Angeles. Aside from his portrayal of Franklin Clinton, Fonteno has acted in films such as The Wash.

In 2021, Fonteno and fellow Grand Theft Auto V actor Slink Johnson reprised their roles as Franklin Clinton and Lamar Davis respectively in a live-action re-enactment of a cutscene in the game where Lamar mocks Franklin for his haircut. The scene experienced a resurgence in popularity in late 2020 when parodies of the cutscene were uploaded on YouTube and other video hosting sites, usually involving Lamar's character model being replaced with various popular culture icons such as Darth Vader, Vegeta and Snow White among others. Later that year, Fonteno and Johnson once again reprised their roles in The Contract DLC for Grand Theft Auto Online, which featured an homage to the original cutscene.

Personal life

Fonteno has a daughter named Bria. Fonteno is also the cousin of voice actor and rapper Young Maylay who voiced Carl Johnson in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 3 Strikes Big Mo
2001 The Wash Face
2017 Grow House Bam

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Grove Street Families gang member Voice – credited as "Solo"
2013 Grand Theft Auto V Franklin Clinton Voice and motion capture
2021 Grand Theft Auto Online Voice and motion capture
The Contract expansion
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