Frank Mancuso

Executive, Film buyer, Theater usher
Frank Mancuso's nearly 50-year career in films began at the movies. A theater usher and assistant manager during his high school years, Mancuso parlayed his experience into an industry job as a film booker and was hired ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1928 in Buffalo, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Doo Wop 50 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Frank Mancuso's nearly 50-year career in films began at the movies. A theater usher and assistant manager during his high school years, Mancuso parlayed his experience into an industry job as a film booker and was hired as a buyer by Paramount Pictures. Mancuso spent the next 20 years climbing the corporate ladder until, in 1984, he had attained the top tier of Chairman and CEO of the Hollywood studio. As gentlemanly in his business dealings as former CEO Barry Diller had been abrasive and cutthroat, Mancuso ran Paramount after the model of a family business, preferring a reputation as a consensus-maker to that of a deal-broker. His successes during this period included such mega-hits as "Top Gun" (1986), "Pretty in Pink" (1986), "The Untouchables" (1987), "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "Ghost" (1990) but he was brought down in 1991 by a string of box office disappointments. Released from Paramount, Mancuso landed at an ailing MGM in 1993, as the former super-studio prepared to merge in a life-saving measure with a shuttered United Artists. Despite the best efforts of "the booker from Buffalo," MGM-UA continued to flounder and Mancuso was bounced from his position of power in 1999. Turning away from the business due more to advanced age than diminished prospects, Mancuso retreated into a well-earned retirement. Never a household name beyond the entertainment industry's corporate inner circle, Frank Mancuso nonetheless left an enduring legacy within the film community, which regarded him as "the Godfather of Hollywood."

Relationships

Fay Mancuso

Wife

Maria Mancuso Gersh

Daughter

Frank Mancuso

Son
produced a number of the "Friday the 13th" horror movies

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Buffalo

Buffalo , New York

Milestones

1999

Announced retirement from MGM in April

1993

Named chairman and CEO of MGM

1991

Left Paramount and filed a $45 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the company, claiming he did not resign as was released to the press but was illegally fired (March)

1984

Appointed chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; also director of Paramount Pictures Corp.

1983

Named president of Paramount's motion picture division

1979

Made executive vice president, marketing and distribution, Paramount

1977

Attained post of general sales manager Paramount Pictures Canada, Ltd.

1976

Made manager of Paramount's US Western Division

1967

Made branch manager

1962

Hired by Paramount as film booker for its Buffalo office

Promoted; served as vice president of domestic distribution of Paramount Pictures, Canada, Ltd.

Hired by Basil theater circuit (Western New York and Pennsylvania) as film buyer after graduating college

Made vice president and general sales manager for Paramount Canada

Worked as sales representative, Buffalo branch

Worked as usher at the Lafayette Theatre in Buffalo while a high school student; then as an assistant theater manager while in college

Served as president of Paramount Canada

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