Franklin J Schaffner

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of the leading directors of the "Golden Age"" of live TV who later proved himself a capable handler of both epic action features and intimate dramas. Schaffner began his career as an assistant on "The March of Time" ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1920 in Japan

Filmography

Director (12)

Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Yes, Giorgio 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Islands in the Stream 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Papillon 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Planet of the Apes 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Double Man 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

The Best Man 1963 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Sphinx 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

The Double Man 1967 (Movie)

Man at Station (Actor)

Biography

One of the leading directors of the "Golden Age"" of live TV who later proved himself a capable handler of both epic action features and intimate dramas. Schaffner began his career as an assistant on "The March of Time" documentary series and directed over 150 TV plays, including the original broadcasts of "Twelve Angry Men" (1954) and "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" (1955). He enjoyed success with his 1960 Broadway production of "Advise and Consent" and made his first feature film, "The Stripper"--adapted from a play by William Inge--in 1963.

Schaffner is best known for "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "Patton" (1969) and "Papillon" (1973), which yielded one of Dustin Hoffman's finest performances.

Relationships

Jean Schaffner

Wife
established an alumni medal in his honor at the American Film Institute

EDUCATION

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster , Pennsylvania

accepted to study law at Columbia but prevented by outbreak of war

Milestones

1989

Final film, "Welcome Home," posthumously dedicated to him

1963

Film directing debut, "The Stripper"

1960

Broadway directing debut, "Advise and Consent"

1948

Joined CBS-TV

Raised in Japan until father's death in 1936

Began career as assistant direcor on "March of Time" series

Served with Navy amphibious forces during WWII

Bonus Trivia

.

President of the Directors Guild of America from 1987-89.

SIMILAR ARTICLES