John Frankenheimer

BirthDay:

19 Feb 1930

BirthPlace:

Queens, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

John Michael Frankenheimer

Bio:

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera. After his military discharge he began a TV career in 1953 convincing CBS to hire him as an assistant director, which consisted mainly working as a cameraman at that time. He eventually started to direct the show he was working on as an assistant director. Frankenheimer still didn't want to direct films. He liked to direct live television, and he would have continued to do it if the profession itself hadn't cease to exist. He first turned to the big screen with The Young Stranger (1957) which he hated to do because he thought he didn't understand movies and wasn't used to work with only one camera. Disappointed his with first feature film experience he returned to his successful television career directing a total of 152 live television shows between 1954 and 1960. He took another chance to move to the cinema industry, working with Burt Lancaster in The Young Savages (1961) ending up becoming a successful filmmaker best known by expressing on films his views on important social and philosophical topics.
Filmography

Actor ( 20 credits )

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Himself (archive footage)
Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton (2001) Himself
The General's Daughter (1999) Gen. Sonnenberg
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2000)
WOAK Live (1988)  Himself (1 episode)
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Holcroft Covenant (1985) Bernie Sussman (voice) (uncredited)
American Masters (1985)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 1995)
Black Sunday (1977) TV Director (uncredited)
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Samedi soir (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
The Sky Divers (1969) Himself
Lionpower from MGM (1967) Himself (uncredited)
Omnibus (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Grand Prix: Challenge of the Champions (1966) Himself (uncredited)
The American Sportsman (1965)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)

Producer ( 7 credits )

The Horsemen (1971) producer
Grand Prix (1966) executive producer
Seconds (1966) producer (uncredited)
Seven Days in May (1964) co-executive producer (uncredited)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) producer
Startime (1959) producer (1 episode, 1959)
Sunday Showcase (1959) producer (1 episode, 1959)

Writer ( 3 credits )

The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006) (inspired by)
Grand Prix (1966) (screenplay)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) (screenplay)

Director ( 41 credits )

7up Commercial James Bond Theme (2001)
Ambush (2001)
Reindeer Games (2000)
Ronin (1998)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Year of the Gun (1991)
The Fourth War (1990)
Dead Bang (1989)
Tales from the Crypt (1989) (1 episode, 1992)
52 Pick-Up (1986)
The Holcroft Covenant (1985)
The Challenge (1982)
Prophecy (1979)
Black Sunday (1977)
French Connection II (1975)
99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)
The Iceman Cometh (1973)
Story of a Love Story (1973)
The Horsemen (1971)
I Walk the Line (1970)
The Gypsy Moths (1969)
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
The Fixer (1968)
Grand Prix (1966)
Seconds (1966)
The Train (1964)
Seven Days in May (1964)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
All Fall Down (1962)
The Young Savages (1961)
Startime (1959) (1 episode, 1959)
Sunday Showcase (1959) (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Buick-Electra Playhouse (1959) (2 episodes, 1960)
The Young Stranger (1957)
The DuPont Show of the Month (1957) (1 episode, 1959)
Playhouse 90 (1956) (27 episodes, 1956-1960)
Climax! (1954) (26 episodes, 1955-1956)
You Are There (1953) (1 episode, 1954)
Danger (1950) (6 episodes, 1954-1955)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948) (1 episode, 1958)