|Quotes||"Do you want to go."|
|Actor|| George Clooney|
Thomas Robinson (young)
He is portrayed by George Clooney.
Frank Walker grows up on a small tough rural farm in the American midwest, with a domineering father who wants his son to become a farmer. Despite Frank's rural isolation he has access by mail-order to the popular science and science-fiction magazines of the 1950s, and thus he begins inventing. When he is 11 years old, he first encounters "Tomorrowland" on a trip to the 1964 World's Fair where he meets a young girl named Athena. She is a Plus Ultra recruiter and sees great promise in him, and so sneaks him into "Tomorrowland".
Governor David Nix is initially dismissive of young Frank and his jet-pack, but he is allowed to stay in Tomorrowland in what Athena later calls an "experiment". He and Athena become close friends and Frank falls in love with her, not realising that she is a robot girl. Frank never comes to know that she has come to feel the same way about him. But he does discover that she is really a robot, something he later dwells on bitterly.
David Nix becomes Frank's mentor and teacher and they develop many new technologies. In 1984, Nix decides to suspend the Plus Ultra recruitment programme. In the same year Frank is exiled from "Tomorrowland" for designing "the monitor". Shortly after Frank's exile Athena takes 12 pins and flees from "Tomorrowland".
When Casey Newton first meets Frank thirty years later, he is much older and jaded, living on his father's neglected farm. He is a recluse, who has only just started to force himself to go out once a week. He has poured his energies and talents into creating a defensive house which he has booby-trapped against a possible visit from Nix's agents.
Frank is shocked to find that Athena is alive, and the pair discover they have many emotional matters to untangle. But Frank agrees to help Casey and Athena return to "Tomorrowland", and he ends up rediscovering the kid he used to be.
- Tomorrowland (film) (First appearance)