Frank Yablans

Producer, Screenwriter, Executive
Producer Frank Yablans first worked in motion picture sales and marketing before working his way up the corporate ladder to become president of Paramount Pictures. During his four-year tenure, the studio released a slew ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1935 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (16)

Rome 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Co-Producer

The Ten Commandments 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Dog of Flanders 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Congo 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Spellcaster 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lisa 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Buy and Cell 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Caller 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kidco 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Star Chamber 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monsignor 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Other Side of Midnight 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Silver Streak 1976 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (2)

Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (1)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Goon on Radio (Actor)

Biography

Producer Frank Yablans first worked in motion picture sales and marketing before working his way up the corporate ladder to become president of Paramount Pictures. During his four-year tenure, the studio released a slew of highly successful and acclaimed pictures, including "The Godfather" (1972), "Serpico" and "Paper Moon" (both 1973), and "The Godfather II", "Chinatown" and "Murder on the Orient Express" (all 1974). He then worked as an independent producer, counting among his credits movies like "Silver Streak" (1976), "The Fury" (1977, in which he also played a small role), "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and "Mommie Dearest" (1981), co-authoring the screenplays for the latter two. Tapped as chief operating officer at MGM/United Artists in 1983, Yablans instituted a massive reorganization at the ailing studio before being relieved of his duties at the Kirk Kerkorian-topped company. After nearly a decade's absence, he resurfaced as the executive producer of "Congo" (1995) and later produced "A Dog of Flanders" (lensed 1998).

Relationships

Morris Yablans

Father

Annette Yablans

Mother

Ruth Edelstein

Wife
divorced

Traci Hotchner

Wife
daughter of writer A.E. Hotchner together from 1979 married on August 27, 1991

Sharon Yablans

Daughter
mother, Ruth Edelstein

Edward Yablans

Son
works at ICM mother, Ruth Edelstein

Robert Yablans

Son
born on September 16, 1959 mother, Ruth Edelstein

Irwin Yablans

Brother
older

Mickey Yablans

Nephew
worked at Paramount son of Irwin Yablans

Milestones

1999

Produced "A Dog of Flanders", starring Jon Voight and Jack Warden

1995

Appointed co-chair of Adventuress Productions, co-founded by actress Sybil Danning (date approximate)

1995

Returned to feature films as executive producer of "Congo", based on the Michael Crichton novel

1993

Took up residence in East Hampton, New York

1981

With director Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner and Robert Getchell, credited with the screenplay for the Joan Crawford biolic "Mommie Dearest"; also produced

1979

With Ted Kotcheff and Peter Gent collaborated on the screenplay for "North Dallas Forty", based on Gent's novel; also produced

1978

Acted role of a goon on the radio in "The Fury"; also produced

1976

First producing credit (executive producer), "Silver Streak"

1975

Founded Frank Yablans Presentations Inc.

1966

Served as Midwest sales manager for Sigma III

1954

Served in US Army

Served as president, Paramount Pictures

Was vice-president of Filmways Productions

Appointed vice-president of sales, Paramount Pictures; promoted to vice president of marketing then executive vice-president

Employed as booking manager for Walt Disney Productions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Worked as a salesman for Warner Bros. in New York, Boston, Milwaukee and Chicago

Disappeared from Hollywood, retreating to Tuscany, Italy

Was COO and vice chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists

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