Biography

John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and television director known for social dramas. He won four consecutive Emmy Awards in the 1990s for the television movies Against the Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville and George Wallace, which also received a Golden Globe award. He was considered one of the last remaining directors who insisted on having complete control over all elements of production, making his style unique in Hollywood.

His 30 feature films and over 50 plays for television were notable for their influence on contemporary thought. He became a pioneer of the "modern-day political thriller," having begun his career at the peak of the Cold War. Many of his films were noted for creating "psychological dilemmas" for his male protagonists along with having a strong "sense of environment," similar in style to films by director Sidney Lumet, for whom he had earlier worked as assistant director. He developed a "tremendous propensity for exploring political situations" which would ensnare his characters.

Movie critic Leonard Maltin writes that "in his time [1960s]... Frankenheimer worked with the top writers, producers and actors in a series of films that dealt with issues that were just on top of the moment—things that were facing us all." Among his credits were The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (also 1962), The Train, (1964), Seven Days in May (also 1964) and Ronin (1998).

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John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and television director known for social dramas. He won four consecutive Emmy Awards in the 1990s for the television movies Against the Wall, The Burning Season, Andersonville and George Wallace, which also received a Golden Globe award. He was considered one of the last remaining directors who insisted on having complete control over all elements of production, making his style unique in Hollywood.

His 30 feature films and over 50 plays for television were notable for their influence on contemporary thought. He became a pioneer of the "modern-day political thriller," having begun his career at the peak of the Cold War. Many of his films were noted for creating "psychological dilemmas" for his male protagonists along with having a strong "sense of environment," similar in style to films by director Sidney Lumet, for whom he had earlier worked as assistant director. He developed a "tremendous propensity for exploring political situations" which would ensnare his characters.

Movie critic Leonard Maltin writes that "in his time [1960s]... Frankenheimer worked with the top writers, producers and actors in a series of films that dealt with issues that were just on top of the moment—things that were facing us all." Among his credits were The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Birdman of Alcatraz (also 1962), The Train, (1964), Seven Days in May (also 1964) and Ronin (1998).

Description above from the Wikipedia article John Frankenheimer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 50

Birthday 1930-02-19

Day of Death 2002-07-06

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2002 Path to WarDirector
2001 The Hire(1 episode)Director
2001 The Hire: AmbushDirector
2000 Reindeer GamesDirector
1998 RoninDirector
1997 George WallaceDirector
1996 The Island of Dr. MoreauDirector
1996 AndersonvilleDirector
1994 The Burning SeasonDirector
1994 Against the WallDirector
1991 Year of the GunDirector
1990 The Fourth WarDirector
1989 Tales from the Crypt(1 episode)Director
1989 Dead BangDirector
1987 RivieraDirector
1986 52 Pick-UpDirector
1985 The Holcroft CovenantDirector
1982 The RainmakerDirector
1982 The ChallengeDirector
1979 ProphecyDirector
1977 Black SundayDirector
1975 French Connection IIDirector
1974 99 and 44/100% DeadDirector
1973 The Iceman ComethDirector
1973 Story of a Love StoryDirector
1971 The HorsemenDirector
1970 I Walk the LineDirector
1969 The Extraordinary SeamanDirector
1969 The Gypsy MothsDirector
1968 The FixerDirector
1966 Grand PrixDirector
1966 SecondsDirector
1964 The TrainDirector
1964 Seven Days in MayDirector
1962 The Manchurian CandidateDirector
1962 Birdman of AlcatrazDirector
1962 All Fall DownDirector
1961 The Young SavagesDirector
1960 The Fifth ColumnDirector
1959 The Turn of the ScrewDirector
1959 Startime(1 episode)Director
1958 Days of Wine and RosesDirector
1958 A Town Has Turned to DustDirector
1958 Bomber's MoonDirector
1957 The ComedianDirector
1957 The Young StrangerDirector
1956 Forbidden AreaDirector
1954 Climax!(27 episodes)Director
1950 Danger(1 episode)Director
1948 Studio One(1 episode)Director

Production

1996 AndersonvilleExecutive Producer
1966 Grand PrixExecutive Producer
1966 SecondsProducer
1962 The Manchurian CandidateProducer
1959 The Turn of the ScrewProducer

Writing

1989 Dead BangAuthor
1966 Grand PrixWriter

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