Frank Price

Executive
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

Filmography

Producer (20)

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

Zeus and Roxanne 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Getting Away With Murder 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mariette in Ecstasy 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Return to the Blue Lagoon 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ironside 1967 - 1975 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Love a Mystery 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Producer

Alias Smith and Jones 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The City 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Producer

It Takes a Thief 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Sullivan's Empire 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Tall Man 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Producer

I Love a Mystery (Movie)

(Producer)

San Francisco International (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Split Second to an Epitaph (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Producer

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)

Actor

The Walking Dead 1995 (Movie)

Mr Dutkiewicz (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

William F Price

Father

Winnifred A Price

Mother

David Price

Son

Frank Price Jr

Son

Stephen Price

Son

Katherine Price

Wife
married on May 15, 1965

Roy Price

Son
works at Disney

EDUCATION

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan 1949 - 1951

Milestones

1991

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

1990

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

1987

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

1979

Named chairman, CEO of Columbia Pictures

1978

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

1970

Named senior vice president Universal TV

1968

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

1967

Produced first feature, "Sullivan's Empire"

1961

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

1958

Worked for Ziv-TV

1948

Served in US Navy

Named vice president Universal TV

Worked for NBC-TV

Moved to Hollywood; worked as story editor at Columbia Pictures

Appointed executive vice president in charge of production, Universal TV

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

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"

Joined Universal as associate producer and writer 90-minute series

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

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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Price served on the board of governors for AMPAS.

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He was former director for MPAA.

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