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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 28, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: screenwriter, director, producer, set dresser, production assistant, movie theater usher

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A lifelong horror fan who possessed great love for the genre and the works of Stephen King in particular, Frank Darabont's career as a writer and director yielded three Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999) and "The Mist" (2007). He began his filmmaking career after asking King's permission to shoot a short film based on one of his stories; the project led to scripting for several minor horror films and TV series before the bittersweet drama of "Shawshank" brought him to international attention. Darabont found the heart and the literacy at the center of King's works - something few other directors had achieved - and continued to mine success from the author's library with "The Green Mile" and the darker "Mist." In doing so, Darabont brought integrity artistic quality to a genre that had sorely lacked such laudable elements for decades.

A lifelong horror fan who possessed great love for the genre and the works of Stephen King in particular, Frank Darabont's career as a writer and director yielded three Oscar nominations and worldwide acclaim for "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), "The Green Mile" (1999) and "The Mist" (2007). He began his filmmaking career after asking King's permission to shoot a short film based on one of his stories; the project led to scripting for several minor horror films and TV series before the bittersweet drama of "Shawshank" brought him to international attention. Darabont found the heart and the literacy at the center of King's works - something few other directors had achieved - and continued to mine success from the author's library with "The Green Mile" and the darker "Mist." In doing so, Darabont brought integrity artistic quality to a genre that had sorely lacked such laudable elements for decades.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Mist, The (2007)
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  Majestic, The (2001) Director
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  Green Mile, The (1999) Director
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  Buried Alive (1990) Director

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 King Kong (2005)
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 John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Man With Buick
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 Stephen King: Master of Macabre (1999) Interviewee
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Born in a French relocation camp after parents fled their home following the 1956 Hungarian Uprising
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Moved with family to Chicago while still an infant
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Raised in Illinois and California
1981:
First film credit, working as a production assistant on the horror film, "Hell Night"
1983:
With a group of friends, acquired the rights to a Stephen King short story, "Woman in the Room"; eventually wrote, produced and directed a 30-minute adaptation of the story which was later aired on some cable stations and released to video
1984:
Received credit as a set dresser on Ken Russell's "Crimes of Passion"
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Sold a screenplay entitled "Black Cat Run" to producer Jere Henshaw and Apollo Pictures
1987:
First screenplay credit, "A Nightmare on Elm Street III: Dream Warriors"
1990:
Received a nomination for a Writers Guild of America Award for "The Ventriloquist's Dummy," an episode of the HBO horror anthology series, "Tales from the Crypt"
1990:
First credit as producer, the USA Network TV-movie, "Buried Alive"; also directed
1992:
Wrote several episodes of the ABC adventure series, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"
1993:
Offered $2.4 million for his screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's short story, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" by Rob Reiner of Castle Rock Productions, with the chance to also direct another film; Darabont turned it down because he wanted to direct the film based on his screenplay
1994:
Did screenplay rewrites for Kenneth Branagh's feature, "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"
1994:
Made feature directorial debut with "The Shawshank Redemption"; film earned seven Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Darabont
1997:
Had small role in the TV miniseries version of King's "The Shining," directed by Mick Garris
1998:
Executive produced and scripted the HBO film "Black Cat Run"
1998:
Reportedly worked on the script to "Saving Private Ryan," starring Tom Hanks; Robert Rodat, however, received sole credit
1999:
Returned to filmmaking at the helm of "The Green Mile," an adaptation of Stephen King's novel starring Hanks; also produced and scripted; received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Screenplay
2001:
Returned to filmmaking at the helm of "The Majestic," starring Jim Carrey; also co-wrote screenplay
2005:
Published the novella "Walpuski's Typewriter"; originally written in his early twenties, it first appeared in Jessie Horsting's magazine <i>Midnight Graffiti</i>
2007:
Adapted and directed "The Mist," a horror film based on the 1980 novella by Stephen King
2010:
Created and executive produced the AMC series, "The Walking Dead"; also directed the pilot episode; left the show just before the second season began
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series ("The Walking Dead")
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Education

Hollywood High School: Hollywood , California -

Notes

Frank Darabont did not go to college, he explains, because "it was either be a bag person sleeping in a cardboard box, or make it in the film industry" --From Premiere, October 1994

"If you're going to succeed, you've got to be like one of those punch-drunk fighters in the old Warner Bros. boxing pictures: too stupid to fall down, you just keep slugging and stay on your feet." --Frank Darabont in Premiere, October 1994

Darabont earned nominations from the DGA in both 1994 and 1999 for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile" respectively. In both instances, he was overlooked in the Oscar category of Best Director, but received nods for Best Picture and Best Screenplay.

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Julie Richardson. Producer. Engaged.

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