Frank Darabont biography
Date of Birth: January 28, 1959
A native of Montebeliard, France, Darabont established himself as a
writer after spending his early years in Hollywood as a production assistant
and set decorator.
With a number of screen credits to his name, he broke
into the semi-spotlight when he sold an original screenplay that remained
Not dissuaded, Darabont worked with a co-worker and co-wrote the motion
pictures A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors and the 1988
remake of the classic 1950's horror film The Blob (both of which were
filmed and released).
He then directed the telefilm Buried Alive, which
became one of the network's highest-rated features.
He also helmed the short
film The Woman in the Room, which he adapted from a story by Stephen
After penning an episode of Tales From the Crypt, Darabont started writing
screenplays for the Young Indiana Jones adventures.
At first he wrote solely
for the television series, but when the show went belly up, he continued to
write for an Young Indiana Jones telefilm, and at least four videos.
In 1994 Darabont first garnered critical and widespread notice when he wrote
and directed The Shawshank Redemption. The picture, which received seven
Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, was about an unusual but
powerful friendship between a level-headed banker convicted of murdering his
wife and a seasoned lifer with a knack for acquisitions.
For Darabont, the
Stephen King adapted movie garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best
Screenplay Adaptation, a Writers Guild nomination and a Directors Guild of
America nomination, the Humanitas Prize, the PeENWest Award and the Scriptor
Award from University of Southern California for his screenplay.
Following the success of Shawshank, Darabont, who had also penned the
not-so-successful Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that year, decided to
retreat back into writing for television for a couple of years before returning
to the big screen with another blockbuster, The Green Mile (1999).
Another film based on a Stephen King book, this time with the powerful screen
presence of Tom Hanks, it received nominations (including four Oscars) and
awards across the board.
For the start of the 21st century, Darabont took a step away from writing,
Stephen King and prison films, and took a chance at a romantic comedy, The
Majestic (2001), starring Jim Carrey.
Frank Darabont Filmography
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Fly II (1989)
The Blob (1988)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)