Franklin J. Schaffner

Franklin J. Schaffner

Highest Rated: 100% The Best Man (1964)

Lowest Rated: 33% Yes, Giorgio (1982)

Birthday: May 30, 1920

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Franklin Schaffner is an Academy Award-winning director best known for his stellar work in the 1970s, including "Patton" and the sci-fi favorite "Planet of the Apes." Born to missionaries in Tokyo, he eventually moved to the United States to study and enter the United States Navy. After World War II he landed work with CBS, where he cut his teeth directing episodes of the anthology drama series "Studio One in Hollywood," eventually winning an Emmy in 1955 for the episode "Twelve Angry Men." The visual style he developed on the show helped him gain the strong sense of mise-en-scène and epic scope that he brought to his features, notably on the classic "Planet of the Apes" in 1968. The biopic of United States General "Patton" won him a directing Oscar and took home Best Picture and two major acting awards in 1970. Schaffner followed up this coup with several major features throughout the decade, as one of Hollywood's most sought-after names. He was acclaimed for his work with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in the prison thriller "Papillon," but by the end of the decade he was losing steam with such critical bombs as the 1978 Nazi thriller "The Boys from Brazil." Though he made only two more, little-seen features, Schaffner was elected president of the Directors Guild of America in 1987.



No Score Yet 62% Welcome Home Director $830.7K 1989
No Score Yet 25% Lionheart Director - 1987
33% 38% Yes, Giorgio Director - 1982
No Score Yet 35% Sphinx Director - 1981
69% 67% The Boys From Brazil Director - 1978
89% 63% Islands in the Stream Director - 1977
79% 90% Papillon Director,
- 1973
67% 78% Nicholas and Alexandra Director - 1971
94% 93% Patton Director - 1970
86% 87% Planet of the Apes Director - 1968
No Score Yet 20% The Double Man Man at Station (Character),
- 1967
67% 60% The War Lord Director - 1965
100% 90% The Best Man Director - 1964
No Score Yet 43% The Stripper Director - 1963


No Score Yet No Score Yet Producers' Showcase Director 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet All-Star Theatre Director 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kaiser Aluminum Hour Director 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Director 1949-1953 1956