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John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930July 6, 2002) was an American film director. February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 6 is the 187th day of the year (188th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 178 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ...

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Life

Frankenheimer was born in New York, the son of a German-born Jewish father and an Irish-American Roman Catholic mother. He was raised in the Catholic faith, which he abandoned as an adult. New York, New York redirects here. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ...


He graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1951. While serving as an Air Force Lieutenant during the Korean War, Frankenheimer directed service films for the Air Force and became interested in directing. Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. ... Williamstown is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders...


Career

Frankenheimer began his directing career in live television. Throughout the 1950s he directed over 140 episodes of shows like Playhouse 90, Climax, and Danger. Playhouse 90 is the name of a 90-minute long dramatic television series that ran on CBS from 1956 to 1961. ... Look up Climax in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


His first theatrical film was 1957's The Young Stranger, starring James MacArthur as a rebellious teenager. Frankenheimer helmed the production, based on a Climax episode called "Deal a Blow", at the age of 26. James Gordon MacArthur (born December 8, 1937 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actor. ... Look up Climax in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


He returned to television through the rest of the 1950s, only moving to film permanently in 1961 with The Young Savages, which teamed him for the first time with Burt Lancaster in a story of a young boy murdered by a New York gang. The Young Savages was a 1961 crime drama film directed by John Frankenheimer, and screen written by Edward Anhalt. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


His next film Birdman of Alcatraz, shot in 1961, came to him after production had already begun under another director. Burt Lancaster, who was producing, as well as starring, asked Frankenheimer to take over the film. As Frankenheimer describes in Charles Champlin's interview book, he told Frankenheimer the script was too long, but was told he had to shoot everything that was written. Strouds Mugshot Robert James Stroud (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963), known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, was a prisoner in Alcatraz who supposedly found solace from segregation in raising and selling birds. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Sure enough, the first cut of the film was four and a half hours long, the length Frankenheimer had predicted. Moreover, as he had said at the beginning, the film was constructed so that it couldn't be cut and still be coherent. Frankenheimer said the film would have to be rewritten and partly reshot. Lancaster was committed to star in Judgment at Nuremberg, so he made that film while Frankenheimer prepared the reshoots. The finished film, released in 1962, was a huge success and was nominated for four Oscars, including one for Lancaster's performance. Maximilian Schell and Richard Widmark in Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg is a 1961 film which gives a fictionalized account of the post-World War II Nuremberg Trials. ...


Frankenheimer was next hired by producer John Houseman to direct All Fall Down, a family drama starring Eva Marie Saint and Warren Beatty. Because of the production difficulties with Birdman of Alcatraz, All Fall Down was actually released before that film. John Houseman John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born actor and film producer. ... All Fall Down is an album by the speed-punk band Against All Authority. ... Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Strouds Mugshot Robert James Stroud (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963), known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, was a prisoner in Alcatraz who supposedly found solace from segregation in raising and selling birds. ... All Fall Down is an album by the speed-punk band Against All Authority. ...


He followed this with his most iconic film, The Manchurian Candidate. Frankenheimer and producer George Axelrod bought Richard Condon's 1959 novel after it had already been turned down by many Hollywood studios. After getting Frank Sinatra to commit to the film, they secured backing from United Artists and shot the film in 1962. The Manchurian Candidate is a film adapted from the 1959 thriller novel written by Richard Condon. ... George Axelrod (June 9th, 1922 - June 21st, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director. ... Richard Thomas Condon (born March 18, 1915 in New York, New York; died April 9, 1996 in Dallas, Texas), was a satirical novelist best known for conspiratorial tales such as The Manchurian Candidate. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was a jazz oriented popular singer and Academy Award-winning actor. ...


The story of a Korean War vet, brainwashed by the Communist Chinese to assassinate the candidate for President co-starred Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh. The film also starred Angela Lansbury as Harvey's evil mother. Frankenheimer had to fight to cast the actress, who had worked with him on All Fall Down, and was just two years older than Harvey. Sinatra's choice had been Lucille Ball. The film was nominated for two Oscars, including one for Lansbury. Laurence Harvey in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode Arthur Laurence Harvey (October 1, 1928 – November 25, 1973) was a Lithuanian-born actor who achieved fame in British and American films. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Angela Lansbury CBE (born 16 October 1925) is a Tony-winning, Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated, and Emmy-nominated English actress, best-known for playing mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. ... All Fall Down is an album by the speed-punk band Against All Authority. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American actor, comedian and star of the landmark sitcom I Love Lucy, a four time Emmy Award winner (awarded 1953, 1956, 1967, 1968) and charter member of the Television Hall of Fame. ...


The film was unseen for many years. Urban legend has it that the film was pulled from circulation due to the similarity of its plot to the death of President Kennedy the following year, but Frankenheimer states in the Champlin book that it was pulled because of a legal battle between producer Sinatra and the studio over Sinatra's share of the profits. In any event, it was re-released to great acclaim in 1988. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...


He followed this up with another hugely successful political thriller, Seven Days in May (1964). He again bought the rights to a bestselling book, this time by Charles Bailey II and Fletcher Knebel, and again produced the film with his star, this time Kirk Douglas. Seven Days in May is a political thriller novel published by Harper & Row, New York in 1962(current hardcover edition: ISBN 0-06-012436-9) written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey. ... Fletcher Knebel (1911-1993) was an American author of several popular works of political fiction. ... Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas. ...


Douglas intended to play the role of the General who attempts to lead a coup against the President, who is about to sign a disarmament treaty with the Soviets. Douglas then decided he wanted to work with Burt Lancaster, with whom he had just costarred in another film. To entice Lancaster, Douglas agreed to let him play the General, while Douglas took the less showy lead role of the General's aide, who turns against him and helps the President.


The film, written by Rod Serling, and costarring Frederic March as the President and Ava Gardner was a great success and was nominated for two Oscars. Rodman Edward Rod Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, most famous for his science fiction anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. ... Fredric March photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1939 Fredric March (Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel) (August 31, 1897–April 14, 1975) was an Academy Award winning American actor. ... Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American screen actress who worked on film and television. ...


Frankenheimer's next film was again taken over from another director. The Train had already begun shooting in France when star Burt Lancaster had the original director fired and called in Frankenheimer to save the film. As he recounts in the Champlin book, Frankeheimer used the production's desperation to his advantage in negotiations. He demanded and got the following: his name was made part of the title, "John Frankenheimer's The Train"; the French co-director, demanded by French tax laws, was not allowed to ever set foot on set; he was given total final cut; and a Ferrari. The Train is a 1964 war movie written by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and directed by John Frankenheimer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Again saddled with an unfilmably long script, Frankenheimer threw it out and took the locations and actors left from the previous film and began filming, with writers working in Paris as the production shot in Normandy. Although the poorly chosen locations caused endless weather delays, the finished film was an enormous success and the script was nominated for an Oscar.


Seconds (1966), starring Rock Hudson as an elderly man given the body of a young man through experimental surgery, was poorly received on its release, but has come to be one of the director's most respected and popular films in the decades since. The film is an expressionistic, part-horror, part-thriller, part-science fiction film about the obsession with eternal youth and misplaced faith in the ability of medical science to achieve it. Cover for the DVD release of Seconds Seconds is the name of a film starring Rock Hudson that was first released in 1966. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


He followed this with his most spectacular production, 1966's Grand Prix. Shot on location at the Grand Prix races throughout Europe, on 65mm Cinerama cameras, the film starred James Garner and Eva Marie Saint. Introducing methods of photographing high-speed auto racing that had never been seen before, mounting cameras on the cars, at full speed and putting the stars in the actual cars, instead of against rear-projections, the film was an international success and won three Oscars, for editing, sound and sound effects. Grand Prix is a action film released in 1966. ... James Garner (born James Scott Baumgarner on April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor. ... Eva Marie Saint (born July 4, 1924) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


His next film, 1967's all-star anti-war comedy The Extraordinary Seaman starred David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda and Mickey Rooney. The film was a failure at the box office and critically, and Frankenheimer calls it in the Champlin book, "the only movie I've made which I would say was a total disaster." David Niven (March 1, 1910 – July 29, 1983) was an Academy Award-winning British actor. ... Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941, in Bascom, Florida) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Alan Alda (b. ... Actor Mickey Rooney speaks at the Pentagon in 2000 during a ceremony honoring the USO. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ...


1968's The Fixer, about a Jew in Tsarist Russia, was shot in Communist Hungary. The film, starring Alan Bates, was not a major success, but Bates was nominated for an Oscar. The Fixer is a 1968 film which tells the true story of a Jew, Menahem Mendel Beilis, in Tsarist Russia who is unjustly imprisoned, the notorious Beilis trial that ensued, and the international uproar that it caused, forcing Russia to back down in the face of world indignation. ... Alan Bates as butler in Gosford Park (2001) Sir Alan Arthur Bates CBE, (February 17, 1934 – December 27, 2003) was a British actor. ...


Frankenheimer was a close friend of Senator Robert Kennedy and in fact drove him to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles the night he was assassinated in June 1968. Robert Kennedy Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy, also called RFK (November 20, 1925–June 6, 1968) was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, and was appointed by his brother as Attorney General for his administration. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ...


Immediately after this, he filmed The Gypsy Moths, a romantic drama about a troupe of barnstorming skydivers and the impact they have on a small midwestern town. The celebration of Americana starred Frankenheimer regular Burt Lancaster. reuniting him with From Here to Eternity co-star Deborah Kerr, and also featured Gene Hackman. The film failed to find an audience, but Frankenheimer always stated that it was one of his personal favorites. The Gypsy Moths is my favorite Burt Lancaster movie. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... From Here to Eternity is a 1953 movie based on a James Jones novel in which characters work through ordinary bouts of intimidation and infidelity on a military base in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor. ... Deborah Kerr, CBE (born 30 September 1921) is a Golden Globe award winning Scottish actress who is a recipient of an Academy Honorary Award for a motion picture career that has always represented Perfection, Discipline and Elegance. ...


He followed this film with I Walk the Line in 1970. The film, starring Gregory Peck and Tuesday Weld, about a Tennessee sheriff who falls in love with a moonshiner's daughter, was set to songs by Johnny Cash. I Walk the Line is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. ... Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an Oscar-winning American film actor. ... Tuesday Weld, born August 27, 1943, is an American film actress. ...


Frankenheimer's next project took him to Afghanistan. The Horsemen focused on the relationship between a father and son, played by Jack Palance and Omar Sharif. Sharif's character, an expert horseman, played the Afghan national sport of buzkashi. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jack Palance, (born Volodymyr Palanyuk (Ukr: Володимир Паланюк))on February 18, 1919, in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, USA), is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Game of Buzkashi in Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan Buzkashi, Kok-boru or Oglak Tartis (Persian: بزکشی buzkashī: goat grabbing) (Uzbek, Tatar, Turkmen: kökbörü, kök blue + börü wolf, Kazakh: көкпар, Kyrgyz: улак) is a traditional Central Asian team sport played on horseback. ...


His next film The Impossible Object, also known as The Story of a Love Story, suffered distribution difficulties, and was not widely released.


He followed this in 1973 with a four-hour film of O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, starring Lee Marvin and the San Francisco-set 99 and 44/100 Per Cent Dead a crime black comedy starring Richard Harris. The Iceman Cometh is a play by Eugene ONeill, which was later made into a TV movie in 1960 as well as a big screen motion picture in 1973, both by the same name. ... Lee Marvin (born on February 19, 1924 – August 29, 1987) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Richard St. ...


With his fluent French and knowledge of the culture, Frankenheimer was next asked to direct French Connection II, set entirely in Marseille. Starring Gene Hackman, the film was a major success and got Frankenheimer his next job, Black Sunday in 1976. French Connection II DVD cover French Connection II is a 1975 movie sequel to The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman directed by John Frankenheimer. ... Gene Hackman (born Eugene Allen Hackman[1] on January 30, 1930) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... This article is about the 1977 US film. ...


Black Sunday, author Thomas Harris's only non-Hannibal Lecter novel, involves an Israeli Mossad agent (Robert Shaw), chasing a Palestinian terrorist (Marthe Keller) and a disgruntled Vietnam vet (Bruce Dern) who plan to blow up the Goodyear blimp over the Super Bowl. It was shot on location at the actual Super Bowl X in January 1976 in Miami, with the use of a real Goodyear blimp. The film tested very highly, and Paramount and Frankenheimer had high expectations for it. When it failed to become the hit that was expected, Frankenheimer has admitted he developed a serious problem with alcohol. This article is about the novel. ... Thomas Harris. ... Robert Shaw may mean: Robert Shaw (footballer) Robert Shaw (actor) This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK ... Bruce MacLeish Dern (born June 4, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American screen actor. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ...


He says in Charles Champlin's biography that his alcohol problem caused him to do work that was below his own standards on his next film, 1979's Prophecy, an ecological monster movie about a mutant grizzly bear terrorizing a forest in Maine. The directors output lessened considerably after this film. In the next fifteen years, he only directed seven films. He was even forced to direct a lowbrow cop film called Dead Bang in 1989 starring Don Johnson. In 1990, Frankenheimer returned to his forte of the cold war political thriller when he made The Fourth War. This film starred Roy Scheider as a loose cannon Army colonel drawn into a dangerous personal war with a Russian officer. This article or section seems to describe future events as if they have already occurred. ...


Frankenheimer was able to make a comeback in the 1990s by returning to television. He directed two films for HBO in 1994: Against the Wall and The Burning Season that won him several awards and renewed acclaim. The director also helmed two films for Turner Network Television in 1996 and 1997, Andersonville and George Wallace that were highly praised. He even acted for the first time, playing a desperate U.S. General in The General's Daughter (1999) in a crucial cameo appearance. HBO (Home Box Office) is an American premium cable television network. ... Andersonville was a film directed by John Frankenheimer about a group of union soliders who are captured by the confederates and sent to the infamous confederate prison camp. ... George Wallace is a 1997 television film starring Gary Sinise as the infamous Alabama governor, George Wallace. ... The Generals Daughter is a 1999 film starring John Travolta. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


His 1996 film The Island of Dr. Moreau, which he took over a few weeks into production from another director, was the cause of countless stories of production woes and personality clashes, and received scathing reviews. It was said that the veteran director could not stand Val Kilmer the young star of the film. When Kilmer's last scene was completed it was reported that Frankenheimer said "Now get that bastard off my set". In an interview, Frankenheimer refused to discuss the film saying only that he had a miserable time making it. However, his next film, 1998's Ronin, starring Robert de Niro, was a return to form, featuring Frankenheier's now trademark elaborate car chases woven into a labyrinthine espionage plot. // The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, Darwinism, eugenics, and the dangers of unchecked and irresponsible scientific research. ... Released in 1998, Ronin is an action/thriller that tells the story of a group of former intelligence agents who team up to steal a mysterious metal case. ... Robert Mario De Niro Jr. ...


His last theatrical film, 2000's Reindeer Games, starring Ben Affleck, underperformed, but his final film, Path to War for HBO in 2002, brought him back to his strengths - political machinations, 60's America and character-based drama, and was nominated for numerous awards. Reindeer Games is a 2000 movie, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. ... Benjamin Géza Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film actor, director, and Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriter. ... // Plot Production Featured cast Awards and nominations Official site External links Categories: | | | | | | | ...


He was scheduled to direct a prequel to The Exorcist but died suddenly in Los Angeles, California, from a stroke due to complications following spinal surgery at the age of 72, shortly before filming started. The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 American horror and thriller film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an Exorcisim conducted... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


Filmography

All Fall Down is an album by the speed-punk band Against All Authority. ... Birdman of Alcatraz is a 1962 film starring Burt Lancaster and directed by John Frankenheimer. ... The Manchurian Candidate is a film adapted from the 1959 thriller novel written by Richard Condon. ... Seven Days in May is a political thriller novel published by Harper & Row, New York in 1962(current hardcover edition: ISBN 0-06-012436-9) written by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey. ... The Train is a 1964 war movie written by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, and directed by John Frankenheimer. ... Cover for the DVD release of Seconds Seconds is the name of a film starring Rock Hudson that was first released in 1966. ... Grand Prix is a action film released in 1966. ... The Fixer is a 1968 film based on the 1966 semi-biographical novel by Bernard Malamud about a Jew, Menahem Mendel Beilis, in Tsarist Russia who was unjustly imprisoned and the notorious trial that ensued. ... The Gypsy Moths is my favorite Burt Lancaster movie. ... The Iceman Cometh is a play by Eugene ONeill, which was later made into a TV movie in 1960 as well as a big screen motion picture in 1973, both by the same name. ... French Connection II DVD cover French Connection II is a 1975 movie sequel to The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman directed by John Frankenheimer. ... This article is about the 1977 US film. ... Prophecy is a 1979 horror film starring Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire and Armand Assante. ... The Holcroft Covenant is a 1985 film based on the Robert Ludlum novel The Holcroft Covenant. ... 52 Pickup (or 52 Card Pickup) is a practical joke disguised as a card game. ... // The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, religion, Darwinism, eugenics, and the dangers of unchecked and irresponsible scientific research. ... George Wallace is a 1997 television film starring Gary Sinise as the infamous Alabama governor, George Wallace. ... Released in 1998, Ronin is an action/thriller that tells the story of a group of former intelligence agents who team up to steal a mysterious metal case. ... Reindeer Games is a 2000 movie, directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Ben Affleck, Gary Sinise, and Charlize Theron. ...

Trivia

According to an interview with Frankenheimer in The Directors Series, after being discharged from the army, he went on an interview for a TV station. The interviewer said that they weren't hiring at the moment, but if needed, Frankenheimer would be the first one they called. Frankenheimer said that he spent two weeks locked up inside his hotel room, only going out for food and unable to rely on the hotel's messaging service until he received a call.


External links

  • John Frankenheimer at the Internet Movie Database
  • http://opsroom.org/pages/intelligence/frankenheimer.html
  • http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/06/frankenheimer.html

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