|“|| Frank: It's my place, my rules. It's the rules that hold the universe together, am I right?|
Jake: I guess.
Frank: Yeah, so, you understand how this world works. When rules are broken, there is a price, right? Without that, everything else just falls apart.
Jake: Yeah, sure.
Frank: Yeah. Price must be paid to save things right.
|~ The dialogue between Frank and Jake Epping shortly before Frank beats him.|
Frank Dunning is a major antagonist in Stephen King's novel 11/22/63, and the TV miniseries adaptation. He is the abusive and alcoholic father of Jake Epping's adult education student, Harry Epping and he runs the family business, Dunning Butchers.
He was portrayed by Josh Duhamel in the miniseries.
Frank Dunning is an alcoholic person who often goes to the bars and drink with his friends. When he drinks, he abuses his wife and his children. When he is shown as kind and joyful to his children, his real face is shown immediately after. He shows his ruthlessness and brutality to his wife, even his little children and even animals.
In 1948, Frank was married to the tritagonist's, Bill Turcotte's sister, Clara Turcotte, and had a child with her, Mikey. Later, Frank killed Clara and Mikey and buried them. However, no one believed that because the only witness was Bill and Bill was a child when this happened.
Frank subsequently married again to Doris and had three children by her, a daughter; Ellen, and two sons; Tugga and Harry. And they live in Holden, Kentucky.
In the prime timeline
Harry Dunning, the son of the Frank, was the only survived family member from his father's massacre. In the school, Harry tells his story and how the massacre happens to Jake and the others.
In the alternate timeline
After Jake went back in time and came to 1958, (1960 in novel), he thinks he can save Harry and his family and prevent Frank to kill his family.
He goes to Holden, Kentucky, to Harry's house and starts to track the family. Shortly after, Frank comes to the house with his car and takes the children to eat ice cream with them.
Later, Jake goes to the bar and encounters the bartender, Bill Turcotte. Jake claims his name is Jake Amberson and he is a writer. Jake asks Bill for Frank and says he has to see him. Later, Jake sits on a chair and shortly after, Frank comes to the bar and Bill refers Jake to Frank. Frank and his friends, Calvin and Dickie, approach Jake and meet him and they sit on the chairs. After they talk for minutes, Frank says a writer needs a great chapter one for their book, and he leads Jake to the slaughterhouse. Later, they bring a cow and stuck its head between the iron bars. Later, Frank takes a hammer and gives it to Jake to smash the cow's head. But Jake refuses it and throws the hammer ground. But Frank immediately takes the hammer and smash the cow's head, kills it and leaves the slaughterhouse.
After, in the morning, Jake comes to Doris' house and fakes her to save them and makes her believe that she is the winner of the tickets for Lexington Halloween Festival and he gives her the tickets and leaves.
Later, Frank comes to the house that Jake stays and asks Edna for Jake. Frank claims he 'apologizes' for the action from last night and he wants to 'make it up'. Later, Jake leaves from the house and goes with Frank to the Dunning Butchers. After they talk for a while, Frank takes a beaten Doris from the room and thinks that Jake wants to be with her. After, Frank immediately attacks Jake and kicks him from the butcher.
Later, Jake goes to the gun shop, Machen's Sporting Goods, and buy a revolver, Colt Police Positive .38 S&W for 20 dollars and goes to the home. After, a day later, in the Halloween, he goes to Frank's house and watches it. But immediately gets stopped by Bill. When Jake tries to convince him, they hear Doris' scream and Jake immediately runs and enters into the house. He takes his gun and goes upstairs, and encounters Frank and aims the gun at him. Frank steps towards him and Jake shoots him on the shoulder, but Frank immediately attacks Jake with his hammer but drops it. When they fight, Frank sees Harry and wants the hammer from him, but Harry takes the hammer and walks away. Frank tried to catch Harry and take the hammer, but Jake garrotes and kills Frank.
After his death, Frank appears as an hallucination while Jake and Sadie are trying to stop Lee.
- Clara Turcotte Dunning (first wife): Killed in 1948 and buried somewhere. (off-screen)
- Mikey Dunning (son): Killed in 1948 and buried somewhere. (off-screen)
- Doris Dunning (son): Killed with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (prime timeline)
- Ellen Dunning (daughter): Killed with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (prime timeline)
- Tugga Dunning (son): Killed with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (prime timeline)
- A cow: Smashed on the head with a hammer in the slaughterhouse. (alternate timeline)
Attempted to kill
- Harry Dunning (son): Attempted to kill with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (prime and alternate timeline)
- Doris Dunning: Attempted to kill with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (alternate timeline)
- Ellen Dunning: Attempted to kill with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (alternate timeline)
- Tugga Dunning: Attempted to kill with a hammer on 1960 Halloween. (alternate timeline)
- Jake Epping: Attempted to kill while in a fight. (alternate timeline)
- Frank is the first antagonist of 11/22/63.
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