Frank Price

One of the few Hollywood executives to come out of a writing background, Price interrupted his early TV career (where he was story editor and writer for CBS-TV from 1951-53) with a stint as story editor at Columbia ... Read more »
Born: 05/17/1930 in Decatur, Illinois, USA


Producer (20)

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)


Zeus and Roxanne 1997 (Movie)


Getting Away With Murder 1996 (Movie)


Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)


Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)


The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)


Gladiator 1992 (Movie)


Return to the Blue Lagoon 1991 (Movie)


Ironside 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love a Mystery 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


Alias Smith and Jones 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The City 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)


It Takes a Thief 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sullivan's Empire 1966 (Movie)


The Tall Man 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)


I Love a Mystery (Movie)


San Francisco International (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Split Second to an Epitaph (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)


The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (3)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)

Mr Dutkiewicz (Actor)


One of the few Hollywood executives to come out of a writing background, Price interrupted his early TV career (where he was story editor and writer for CBS-TV from 1951-53) with a stint as story editor at Columbia Pictures (1953-57) which he would later head at two separate times. Credited with helping to create new TV formats: movies made for TV and the mini-series as well as the 90 minute series, Price left the presidency of Universal TV to become president of Columbia Pictures Productions and later chairman and chief executive officer of Columbia Pictures where he was involved with such story-driven, award-winning films as "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979), "Tootsie" and "Gandhi" (both 1982) and top-grossers as "Ghostbusters" and "The Karate Kid" (both 1984). In 1983, after conflict with parent company Coca-Cola over his autonomy, Price swung back to Universal as chairman of the motion picture group and president of Universal Pictures, leaving in 1987 to form Price Entertainment. The company released a string of small budget, high quality pictures including such films as "Shadowlands" (1993), "Circle of Friends" (1995), "A Bronx Tale" (1993) and "Texas Rangers" (2001). After Sony's purchase of Columbia, the newly-installed executives Jon Peters and Peter Guber appointed Price to head Columbia Pictures. Eighteen months later in October 1991 when his colleague at Warner Bros., Mark Canton, was freed from his contract, he was brought in to replace Price who continued his association with Sony Pictures Entertainment with a non-exclusive production deal.


William F Price


Winnifred A Price


David Price


Frank Price Jr


Stephen Price


Katherine Price

married on May 15, 1965

Roy Price

works at Disney


Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan 1949 - 1951



In October, replaced by Mark Canton as head of Columbia Pictures; reactivated Price Entertainment Company with a non-exclusive deal at Sony Pictures Entertainment to independently produce films that do not necessarily have to be made at Columbia


Became chairman, Columbia Pictures after merging it with Price Entertainment Inc. in March 1991; contract bought out for a reported $15-20 million


Formed Price Entertainment Inc.; also served as chairman and CEO (produced movies and TV shows for distribution through Columbia Pictures Entertainment)


Named chairman, CEO of Columbia Pictures


Left Universal TV and MCA to become president of Columbia Pictures Productions


Named senior vice president Universal TV


Produced first TV movie, "Split Second to an Epitaph"


Produced first feature, "Sullivan's Empire"


Named executive producer of TV series, "The Virginian" (1962-70), TV's first 90-minute series


Worked for Ziv-TV


Served in US Navy

Named vice president Universal TV

Produced first TV series, "The Tall Man"

Joined CBS-TV, New York as story editor and writer on series such as "Studio One", "Suspense", "Web"

Named chairman, motion picture group, and president of Universal Pictures and vice president of MCA

Moved to Hollywood; worked as story editor at Columbia Pictures

Worked for NBC-TV

Became president, Universal TV and vice president, MCA, Inc.

Joined Universal as associate producer and writer 90-minute series

Appointed executive vice president in charge of production, Universal TV

Bonus Trivia


Chairman of the California Council of Harvard University's AIDS Institute.


He is a advisory committee member for the Will Rogers Memorial fund.


Price served on the board of governors for AMPAS.


He was former director for MPAA.