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Frank Perry

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Swimmer (1968)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Monsignor (1982)
  • Birthday: Aug 21, 1930
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • American director Frank Perry went to work for the Westport Country Playhouse as a teenager, albeit in the capacity of parking lot attendant. Perry eventually worked his way up to producer at the Playhouse, beginning a show business career that would extend into the 1990s, interrupted only by Korean War service. After putting in time as a TV documentary producer, Perry directed the 1962 film David and Lisa, a location-shot drama about two emotionally disturbed teenagers in a mental institution. Thanks to the attractiveness of stars Keir Dullea and Janet Margolin, David and Lisa developed a following among teens and young adults, making Perry quite bankable in Hollywood. Perry's second film, the low-budget Ladybug Ladybug (1962), was a study of how a false nuclear attack announcement would effect otherwise normal people -- a disturbingly prescient premise, given the subsquent Cuban Missile Crisis. The Swimmer (1968), based on a John Cheever story, was a somewhat surrealistic drama that followed a wealthy suburbanite (Burt Lancaster), who witnesses his life deteriorating as he travels from swimming pool to swimming pool in his exclusive Connecticut neighborhood. Many of Perry's works were similarly concentrated character studies, notably Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) and Play it as It Lays (1972). Somehow or other, Perry's work has since devolved from sensitivy to sensationalism, notably with his campy interpretations of the notorious Mommie Dearest (1981) and the phlegmatic "sinning clergy" epic Monsignor (1982). For many years, Frank Perry worked in collaboration with his wife, the late writer/producer Eleanor Perry. They separated in 1970 and went off to their own individual projects.

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No Score Yet Ordinary Magic Barbershop #3 1993
11% Hello Again Producer Director 1987
56% Compromising Positions Producer Director 1985
No Score Yet Accident Actor 1983
0% Monsignor Director 1982
49% Mommie Dearest Director Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Dummy Director 1979
No Score Yet Skag Director 1979
69% Rancho Deluxe Director 1975
No Score Yet Man on a Swing Director 1974
No Score Yet Play It as It Lays Producer Director 1972
43% Doc Holliday Director 1971
77% Diary of a Mad Housewife Director Producer 1970
78% Last Summer Director 1969
100% The Swimmer Producer Director 1968
No Score Yet Trilogy Director 1968
No Score Yet Ladybug, Ladybug Director Producer 1963
83% David and Lisa Director 1962
No Score Yet Bush Pilot Actor 1947
No Score Yet Rio Rita Chef 1942


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