Frank Darabont

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A lifelong horror fan who possessed great love for the genre and the works of Stephen King in particular, Frank Darabont's career as a writer and director yielded three Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim for "The ... Read more »
Born: 01/27/1959 in France

Filmography

Writer (14)

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

(Polish) (Screenplay)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Young Indiana Jones: Travels With Father 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Showdown 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Two-Fisted Tales 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles 1991 (TV Show)

Writer

The Ventriloquist's Dummy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Writer

The Fly II 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Blob 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (9)

Mob City 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Walking Dead 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Raines 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shield 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Buried Alive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Director
Actor (8)

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tales From The Script 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Entourage 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

King Kong 2005 (Movie)

Gunner (Actor)

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King: Master of Macabre 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

Man with Buick (Actor)

Stephen King's The Shining 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (6)

The Mist 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Cat Run (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Art Department (2)

Trancers 1985 (Movie)

Art Department Assistant (Art Department)

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

(Set Dresser)
Other (1)

Hell Night 1980 (Movie)

(Production Assistant)

Biography

A lifelong horror fan who possessed great love for the genre and the works of Stephen King in particular, Frank Darabont's career as a writer and director yielded three Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999) and "The Mist" (2007). He began his filmmaking career after asking King's permission to shoot a short film based on one of his stories; the project led to scripting for several minor horror films and TV series before the bittersweet drama of "Shawshank" brought him to international attention. Darabont found the heart and the literacy at the center of King's works - something few other directors had achieved - and continued to mine success from the author's library with "The Green Mile" and the darker "Mist." In doing so, Darabont brought integrity artistic quality to a genre that had sorely lacked such laudable elements for decades.

Relationships

Julie Richardson

Companion
Engaged

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series ("The Walking Dead")

2010

Created and executive produced the AMC series, "The Walking Dead"; also directed the pilot episode; left the show just before the second season began

2007

Adapted and directed "The Mist," a horror film based on the 1980 novella by Stephen King

2005

Published the novella "Walpuski's Typewriter"; originally written in his early twenties, it first appeared in Jessie Horsting's magazine Midnight Graffiti

2001

Returned to filmmaking at the helm of "The Majestic," starring Jim Carrey; also co-wrote screenplay

1999

Returned to filmmaking at the helm of "The Green Mile," an adaptation of Stephen King's novel starring Hanks; also produced and scripted; received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay

1998

Executive produced and scripted the HBO film "Black Cat Run"

1998

Reportedly worked on the script to "Saving Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks; Robert Rodat, however, received sole credit

1997

Had small role in the TV miniseries version of King's "The Shining," directed by Mick Garris

1994

Did screenplay rewrites for Kenneth Branagh's feature, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"

1994

Made feature directorial debut with "The Shawshank Redemption"; film earned seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Darabont

1993

Offered $2.4 million for his screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's short story, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Rob Reiner of Castle Rock Productions, with the chance to also direct another film; Darabont turned it down because he wanted

1992

Wrote several episodes of the ABC adventure series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

1990

Received a nomination for a Writers Guild of America Award for "The Ventriloquist's Dummy," an episode of the HBO horror anthology series, "Tales from the Crypt"

1990

First credit as producer, the USA Network TV-movie, "Buried Alive"; also directed

1987

First screenplay credit, "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors"

1984

Received credit as a set dresser on Ken Russell's "Crimes of Passion"

1983

With a group of friends, acquired the rights to a Stephen King short story, "Woman in the Room"; eventually wrote, produced and directed a 30-minute adaptation of the story which was later aired on some cable stations and released to video

1981

First film credit, working as a production assistant on the horror film, "Hell Night"

Born in a French relocation camp after parents fled their home following the 1956 Hungarian Uprising

Raised in Illinois and California

Moved with family to Chicago while still an infant

Sold a screenplay entitled "Black Cat Run" to producer Jere Henshaw and Apollo Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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Frank Darabont did not go to college, he explains, because "it was either be a bag person sleeping in a cardboard box, or make it in the film industry" - from Premiere, October 1994

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"If you're going to succeed, you've got to be like one of those punch-drunk fighters in the old Warner Bros. boxing pictures: too stupid to fall down, you just keep slugging and stay on your feet." - Frank Darabont in Premiere, October 1994

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Darabont earned nominations from the DGA in both 1994 and 1999 for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" respectively. In both instances, he was overlooked in the Oscar category of Best Director, but received nods for Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

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In addition to his career behind the camera, Darabont also had several small cameos in features, including one of the biplane gunners attacking King Kong in Peter Jackson’s 2005 film version of the classic fantasy, and a turn as himself in two episodes of "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011).

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