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John Frankenheimer

Knowledge Identifier: +John_Frankenheimer


John Frankenheimer

American film and television director known for social dramas and actionsuspense filmsadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1930.

Countries: United States (50%), United Kingdom (12%), France (8%)

Main connections: Mickey Rooney, Burt Lancaster, Rod Serling

Linked to: Jews, Los Angeles Times, HBO, BMW




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John Frankenheimer was born in 1930 add something


In 1947, he graduated from La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, Long Island, New York. add something


Throughout the 1950s he directed over 140 episodes of shows like Playhouse 90, Climax/, and Danger, including The Comedian, written by Rod Serling and starring Mickey Rooney as a ragingly vicious television comedian. add something


In 1951, he graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where he studied English. add something


Playhouse 90 - Between 1954 and 1960, John Frankenheimer directed 152 live television dramas, an average of one every two weeks


Edmond O'Brien - He appeared extensively in television, including the 1957 live 90-minute broadcast on "Playhouse 90" of "The Comedian", a drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer in which Mickey Rooney portrays a television comedian while O'Brien plays a writer driven to the brink of insanity


Kim Hunter - She appeared opposite Mickey Rooney in the 1957 live CBS-TV broadcast of "The Comedian", a harrowing drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer


Frankenheimer and producer George Axelrod bought Richard Condon's 1959 novel after it had already been turned down by many Hollywood studios. add something


Sydney Pollack - In 1960, John Frankenheimer, a friend of Pollack's, asked him to come to Los Angeles in order to work as a dialogue coach for the child actors on Frankenheimer's first big picture, The Young Savages.


Rex Reason - Reason walked out on his film contract with Warner Brothers in the fall of 1961 when he was being considered for a starring role in the Frank Sinatra production of John Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate"


The finished film, released in 1962, was a huge success and was nominated for four Oscars, including one for Lancaster's performance. add something


The Manchurian Candidate (1962 film) - "'The Manchurian Candidate"' is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva and James Gregory


Rose Valland - The 1964 John Frankenheimer film "The Train" was loosely based on her book, and includes a character named "Mlle Villard"


Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume - The museum's war episode was depicted in John Frankenheimer's 1964 film "The Train", starring Burt Lancaster and Jeanne Moreau


Seven Days in May - "'Seven Days in May"' is an American political thriller motion picture directed by John Frankenheimer, starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Fredric March, and Ava Gardner, and released in February 1964


Bernard Cahier - In 1966 Cahier helped John Frankenheimer to make the Grand Prix movie and even played a role himself


Jean-Pierre Jarier - Jarier introduced himself to a new generation by contributing major stunt work to the film "Ronin", directed by John Frankenheimer who directed the 1966 classic, "Grand Prix"


John Randolph (actor) - Randolph was the last blacklisted actor to regain employment in Hollywood films when director John Frankenheimer cast him in the lead role in "Seconds" in 1966


Frankenheimer was a friend of Senator Robert Kennedy and drove him to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968. add something


Carl Boenish - Boenish's cinematography work included the 1969 John Frankenheimer parachuting film classic "The Gypsy Moths", starring Burt Lancaster and Gene Hackman, and a National Geographic Explorer segment on jumps from El Capitan


Deborah Kerr - In 1969, pressure of competition from younger, upcoming actresses made her agree to appear nude in John Frankenheimer's "The Gypsy Moths", the only nude scene in Kerr's career


The Extraordinary Seaman - "'The Extraordinary Seaman"' is a 1969 American comedy war film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Carter


He followed this with I Walk the Line in 1970. add something


With Hackman reprising his role as New York cop Popeye Doyle, the film was a success and got Frankenheimer his next job, Black Sunday in 1976. add something


In 1981, Frankenheimer travelled to Japan to shoot the cult martial-arts action film The Challenge, with Scott Glenn and legendary Japanese star, Toshiro Mifune. add something


The film was released in 1982, along with his television adaptation of the acclaimed play The Rainmaker. add something


In 1985, he directed an adaptation of the Robert Ludlum bestseller The Holcroft Covenant, starring Michael Caine. add something


In any event, it was re-released to great acclaim in 1988. add something


In 1990, Frankenheimer returned to the cold-war political thriller genre with The Fourth War with Roy_Scheider as a loose cannon Army colonel drawn into a dangerous personal war with a Russian officer. add something


Sam Waterston - In 1994, he appeared as US President William Foster, alongside Forest Whittaker and Dana Delany, in the television film "The Enemy Within", a remake of director John Frankenheimer's Cold War political thriller "Seven Days in May"


The director helmed two films for Turner Network Television in 1996 and 1997, Andersonville and George Wallace, that were highly praised. add something


Ronin (film) - "'Ronin"' is a 1998 American spy thriller action film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Sean Bean, and Jonathan Pryce


One of Frankenheimer's last projects was the 2001 BMW action short-film Ambush for the promotional series The Hire, starring Clive Owen. add something


In May 2001, amid rumors that he was the biological father of film director Michael Bay, Frankenheimer stated he had a brief relationship with Bay's birth mother. add something


About a month later he died suddenly in Los Angeles , California, from a stroke due to complications following spinal surgery at the age of 72. add something


But came his final film, Path to War for HBO in 2002, which brought him back to his strengths – political machinations, 1960s America and character-based drama, and was nominated for numerous awards. add something


John Frankenheimer died in 2002 add something


Frederic Forrest - Path to War - He played Sgt. McSpadden in the Civil War-themed movie "Andersonville" and real-life U.S. Army General Earle Wheeler in 2002's "Path to War", the final film of director John Frankenheimer


Rayveness - She returned to the porn industry in 2003 after John Frankenheimer's death, as most of her connections had gone


Reindeer Games - In a 2007 interview with "Esquire", Charlize Theron said that she considered this movie as the worst film she ever did, saying that "Reindeer Games" was not a good movie, but I did it because I loved John Frankenheimer


Wisconsin Film Festival - The 2010 festival included work by Michel Gondry, Jan H?ebejk, Ken Loach, Mary Sweeney, Radu Jude, Liu Jiayin, Gianni Di Gregorio, James Marsh, Jessica Hausner, Henrik Ruben Ganz, Maren Ade, Xavier Dolan, Corneliu Porumboiu, Karen Shakhnazarov, Bradley Rust Gray, Sarah Watts, Lixin Fan, Bert I. Gordon, George Kuchar, Sergio Leone, Ladislas Starewitch, Jules Dassin, John Frankenheimer, and Elia Kazan