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Born: April 2, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, director

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A comedy writer and director who paid his dues writing and producing TV sitcoms before making his feature film directorial debut with "Miami Rhapsody" (1995), which featured Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman who doesn't believe that any relationship or marriage can ever really work. The son of Max Frankel, former executive editor and later columnist for THE NEW YORK TIMES, David Frankel toyed with becoming a political humorist. After graduation from Harvard, his first professional assignment was an article for ESQUIRE about John McEnroe, the tennis star against whom Frankel had competed when they were in high school. Frankel began writing for TV, breaking in with "The Ellen Burstyn Show," a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1986. Teaming with Norman Steinberg, he wrote, directed and was co-executive producer of the CBS sitcom "Doctor, Doctor" (1989-91). Starring Matt Frewer, the show revolved around an earnest but eccentric physician and earned critical applause even if a larger audience never found the show. In 1991, Frankel and Steinberg created "Teech," a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Phill Lewis as a music teacher. The following year, Frankel created, wrote and directed the critically well-received...

A comedy writer and director who paid his dues writing and producing TV sitcoms before making his feature film directorial debut with "Miami Rhapsody" (1995), which featured Sarah Jessica Parker as a woman who doesn't believe that any relationship or marriage can ever really work.

The son of Max Frankel, former executive editor and later columnist for THE NEW YORK TIMES, David Frankel toyed with becoming a political humorist. After graduation from Harvard, his first professional assignment was an article for ESQUIRE about John McEnroe, the tennis star against whom Frankel had competed when they were in high school. Frankel began writing for TV, breaking in with "The Ellen Burstyn Show," a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1986. Teaming with Norman Steinberg, he wrote, directed and was co-executive producer of the CBS sitcom "Doctor, Doctor" (1989-91). Starring Matt Frewer, the show revolved around an earnest but eccentric physician and earned critical applause even if a larger audience never found the show. In 1991, Frankel and Steinberg created "Teech," a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Phill Lewis as a music teacher. The following year, Frankel created, wrote and directed the critically well-received "Grapevine" (CBS), about relationships. (Reportedly one of the main characters, a Miami sportscaster, was based on Frankel's brother Jon).

With Steinberg, Frankel made the leap to the big screen in 1990 with "Funny About Love," which featured Gene Wilder as a cartoonist who wants to be a father. He went on to write "Nervous Ticks" (1993), focusing on the life of a luggage handler at an airport. "Miami Rhapsody," which Frankel wrote, produced and directed, was made for a budget of $6 million and shows the influence of Woody Allen, down to the opening credits of the film. Its 1995 release was greeted warmly by critics. Frankel was back to TV for a spell in 1996, writing the busted pilot for an ABC sitcom starring Bebe Neuwirth called "Dear Diary," which was later released as a short film and earned the Oscar as Best Live Action Short.

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1981:
Wrote article for <i>Esquire</i> magazine about John McEnroe
1986:
Wrote and was supervising producer on "The Ellen Burstyn Show" (ABC)
1989:
Produced and directed episodes of the CBS sitcom "Doctor, Doctor"
1990:
Co-wrote the feature film "Funny About Love" with Norman Steinberg
1991:
With Steinberg created, wrote and penned lyrics for the theme song for "Teech" (CBS)
1992:
Created, wrote and directed the short-lived CBS series "Grapevine"
1993:
Received solo screenplay credit for "Nervous Ticks"
1995:
Feature directorial debut, "Miami Rhapsody"; also wrote and produced
1996:
Directed the pilot for the TV series "Dear Diary"; show was released as a short film and won an Oscar
1998:
Directed an episode of the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon"
2000:
Wrote, executive produced and directed episodes of CBS' remake of "Grapevine"
2001:
Directed an episode of the acclaimed HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers"
2001:
Helmed several episodes of the HBO series "Sex and the City"
2004:
Directed the pilot episode of "Entourage" (HBO)
2006:
Helmed the feature adaptation of "The Devil Wears Prada"
2008:
Directed Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in "Marley and Me"
2011:
Helmed comedy feature "The Big Year," starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
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Education

Fieldston School: Riverdale , New York - 1977
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1981

Notes

"I know so many women who are successful in their careers, well-educated and attractive who have a hard time getting married--they don't meet the right guy, or they're ambivalent in their relationships--and it all ties together with pressure on women in the late 20th Century who are trying to have it all."--David Frankel in NEW YORK NEWSDAY, January 22, 1995

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wife:
Jennifer Beber. Advertising executive. Married on May 17, 1998 in a dual ceremony with the bride's sister.

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father:
Max Frankel. Newspaper editor, columnist. Wrote for <i>The New York Times</i>; was executive editor of the newspaper from 1986 to 1994.
mother:
Tobia Frankel. Deceased.
step-mother:
Joyce Purnick. Newspaper editor. Worked for <i>The New York Times</i>.
brother:
Jon Frankel. News correspondent. Worked for NBC and later CBS.
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