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Born: August 27, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, executive, screenwriter, actor

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fury, The (1978) Goon On Radio
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1954:
Served in US Army
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Worked as a salesman for Warner Bros. in New York, Boston, Milwaukee and Chicago
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Employed as booking manager for Walt Disney Productions in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1966:
Served as Midwest sales manager for Sigma III
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Was vice-president of Filmways Productions
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Appointed vice-president of sales, Paramount Pictures; promoted to vice president of marketing then executive vice-president
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Served as president, Paramount Pictures
1975:
Founded Frank Yablans Presentations Inc.
1976:
First producing credit (executive producer), "Silver Streak"
1978:
Acted role of a goon on the radio in "The Fury"; also produced
1979:
With Ted Kotcheff and Peter Gent collaborated on the screenplay for "North Dallas Forty", based on Gent's novel; also produced
1981:
With director Frank Perry, Tracy Hotchner and Robert Getchell, credited with the screenplay for the Joan Crawford biolic "Mommie Dearest"; also produced
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Was COO and vice chairman of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists
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Disappeared from Hollywood, retreating to Tuscany, Italy
1993:
Took up residence in East Hampton, New York
1995:
Returned to feature films as executive producer of "Congo", based on the Michael Crichton novel
1995:
Appointed co-chair of Adventuress Productions, co-founded by actress Sybil Danning (date approximate)
1999:
Produced "A Dog of Flanders", starring Jon Voight and Jack Warden
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wife:
Ruth Edelstein. Divorced.
wife:
Traci Hotchner. Daughter of writer A.E. Hotchner; together from 1979; married on August 27, 1991.

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father:
Morris Yablans.
mother:
Annette Yablans.
brother:
Irwin Yablans. Producer. Older.
son:
Robert Steven Yablans. Production assistant. script editor. Born on September 16, 1959; mother, Ruth Edelstein.
daughter:
Sharon Yablans. Mother, Ruth Edelstein.
son:
Edward Yablans. Agent. Works at ICM; mother, Ruth Edelstein.
nephew:
Mickey Yablans. Actor, executive. Worked at Paramount; son of Irwin Yablans.
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