Frank Darabont


28 Jan 1959


Montbéliard, Doubs, France


Frank Arpad Darabont


Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School. His first job in movies was as a production assistant on the 1981 low-budget film, Hell Night (1981), starring Linda Blair. He spent the next six years working in the art department as a set dresser and in set construction while struggling to establish himself as a writer. His first produced writing credit (shared) was on the 1987 film, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), directed by Chuck Russell. Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films receive nominations for the Best Picture Academy Award: 1994's The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (with a total of seven nominations) and 1999's The Green Mile (1999) (four nominations). Darabont himself collected Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for each film (both based on works by Stephen King), as well as nominations for both films from the Director's Guild of America, and a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for The Shawshank Redemption (1994). He won the Humanitas Prize, the PEN Center USA West Award, and the Scriptor Award for his screenplay of "The Shawshank Redemption". For "The Green Mile", he won the Broadcast Film Critics prize for his screenplay adaptation, and two People's Choice Awards in the Best Dramatic Film and Best Picture categories. The Majestic (2001), starring Jim Carrey, was released in December 2001. He executive-produced the thriller, Collateral (2004), for DreamWorks, with Michael Mann directing and Tom Cruise starring. Future produced-by projects include "Way of the Rat" at DreamWorks with Chuck Russell adapting and directing the CrossGen comic book series and "Back Roads", a Tawni O'Dell novel, also at DreamWorks, with Todd Field attached to direct. Darabont and his production company, "Darkwoods Productions", have an overall deal with Paramount Pictures.

Actor ( 19 credits )

Drew: The Man Behind the Poster (2013) Himself
On Story (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
On Story: Presented by Austin Film Festival (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Making of The Walking Dead (2010) Director / Producer / Writer
The United Monster Talent Agency (2010) Director #1
Project: Comic-Con (2010)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2010)
Tales from the Script (2009) Himself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors (2009)  Film Director / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Post Mortem with Mick Garris (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006) Himself
King Kong (2005) Gunner
Entourage (2004)  Frank Darabont / ... (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002) (1 episode, 2010)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Vampires (1998) Man with Buick
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 2000-2004)

Producer ( 8 credits )

Mob City (2013) executive producer (1 episode, 2013)
The Walking Dead (2010) executive producer (19 episodes, 2010-2012)
The Mist (2007) producer
Raines (2007) executive producer (1 episode, 2007)
Collateral (2004) executive producer
The Salton Sea (2002) producer
The Majestic (2001) producer
The Green Mile (1999) producer

Writer ( 13 credits )

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) (screenplay)
Mob City (2013) (creator) (6 episodes, 2013)
The Walking Dead (2010) (59 episodes, 2010-2014)
The Mist (2007) (screenplay)
The Green Mile (1999)
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) (screenplay) and
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992) (5 episodes, 1992-1993)
The Fly II (1989) (screenplay)
Tales from the Crypt (1989) (2 episodes, 1990-1992)
The Blob (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) (screenplay) and
The Woman in the Room (1983) (writer)

Director ( 9 credits )

Mob City (2013) (4 episodes, 2013)
The Walking Dead (2010) (1 episode, 2010)
The Mist (2007)
Raines (2007) (1 episode, 2007)
The Shield (2002) (1 episode, 2007)
The Majestic (2001)
The Green Mile (1999)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Woman in the Room (1983)