John Frankenheimer

John Frankenheimer

Highest Rated: 100% Grand Prix (1966)

Lowest Rated: 21% The General's Daughter (1999)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1930

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Having emerged from the era of 1950s live television, director John Frankenheimer quickly became a Hollywood wunderkind after directing several highly-regarded films before suffering a series of setbacksr, only to have one of the truly great comebacks of American cinema. Frankenheimer began his career directing some 150-odd live television dramas in the 1950s and early 1960s, contributing memorable installments to anthology series like "Playhouse 90" (CBS, 1956-1960). Though he made his feature debut in 1957 with "The Young Stranger," he began his feature career proper with "The Young Savages" (1961), which began a successful five-picture collaboration with actor Burt Lancaster. The pair reunited for one of Frankenheimer's most well-received films, "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962), though the best for the director was yet to come. With "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), Frankenheimer directed a chilling thriller that not only held up over the ensuing decades, but entered the pantheon of true Hollywood classics. Frankenheimer followed with "Seven Days in May" (1964), a frighteningly realistic White House coup d'etat that reportedly received behind the scene support from President John F. Kennedy. Following lesser known films like "The Train" (1965) and "Grand Prix" (1966), as well as the tragic assassination of close friend Robert F. Kennedy, Frankenheimer entered a dark period during which he struggled with illness and career setbacks. Though he saw some success with "The French Connection II" (1975) and "Black Sunday" (1977), Frankenheimer struggled through the 1970s and 1980s, before rejuvenating his career on the small screen in the 1990s, winning four Emmy Awards in five years for directing "Against the Wall" (HBO, 1994), "The Burning Season" (HBO 1994), "Andersonville" (TNT, 1996) and "George Wallace" (TNT, 1997). The newfound success allowed him to make a triumphant return to features with "Ronin" (1998), an old school Cold War spy thriller that gave Frankenheimer one last success on the big screen and cemented his reputation as the undisputed master of the political thriller.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 73% Path to War Director - 2002
No Score Yet 68% Ambush Director - 2001
25% 27% Reindeer Games Director $23.4M 2000
21% 46% The General's Daughter Gen. Sonnenberg (Character) $102.7M 1999
68% 80% Ronin Director $41.6M 1998
No Score Yet 65% George Wallace Director - 1997
No Score Yet 80% Andersonville Director - 1996
24% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Director $27.7M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Burning Season Director - 1994
No Score Yet 62% Against the Wall Director - 1994
29% 25% Year of the Gun Director $1.2M 1991
78% 32% The Fourth War Director $1.2M 1990
33% 43% Dead Bang Director $7.4M 1989
47% 45% 52 Pick-Up Director $4.3M 1986
No Score Yet 29% The Holcroft Covenant Director $151.6K 1985
50% 70% The Challenge Director - 1982
24% 36% Prophecy Director - 1979
70% 64% Black Sunday Director - 1977
76% 62% French Connection II Director - 1975
No Score Yet 35% 99 and 44/100 Percent Dead Director - 1974
91% 75% The Iceman Cometh Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Story of a Love Story Director - 1973
30% 59% The Horsemen Director - 1971
No Score Yet 71% I Walk the Line Director - 1970
No Score Yet 44% The Gypsy Moths Director - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Extraordinary Seaman Director - 1969
56% 62% The Fixer Director - 1968
89% 87% Seconds Director,
Producer
- 1966
100% 88% Grand Prix Director,
Executive Producer
- 1966
93% 89% The Train Director - 1965
91% 89% Seven Days in May Director,
Co-Producer
- 1964
40% 51% All Fall Down Director - 1962
97% 90% The Manchurian Candidate Director,
Producer
$1.9M 1962
91% 84% Birdman of Alcatraz Director - 1962
56% 48% The Young Savages Director - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Days of Wine and Roses Director - 1958
No Score Yet 38% Comedian Director - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young Stranger Director - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wallace Producer,
Director
1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Andersonville Director 1996
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Director 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Director,
Dialogue
1955-1956

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