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Also Known As: Franklin James Schaffner Died: July 2, 1989
Born: May 30, 1920 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Japan Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, assistant director

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Welcome Home (1989) Director
2.
  Lionheart (1987) Director
3.
  Yes, Giorgio (1982) Director
4.
  Sphinx (1981) Director
5.
  The Boys From Brazil (1978) Director
6.
  Islands In The Stream (1977) Director
7.
  Papillon (1973) Director
8.
  Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Director
9.
  Patton (1970) Director
10.
  Planet of the Apes (1968) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Double Man (1968) Man at station
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Raised in Japan until father's death in 1936
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Served with Navy amphibious forces during WWII
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Began career as assistant direcor on "March of Time" series
1948:
Joined CBS-TV
1960:
Broadway directing debut, "Advise and Consent"
1963:
Film directing debut, "The Stripper"
1989:
Final film, "Welcome Home," posthumously dedicated to him
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Education

Franklin & Marshall College: Lancaster , Pennsylvania -

Notes

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

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wife:
Jean Schaffner. Established an alumni medal in his honor at the American Film Institute.

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"Franklin J. Schaffner" Scarecrow Press

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