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John Frankenheimer (1930–2002)

Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Many of my films concern the individual trying to find himself in society and trying to maintain his individuality in a mechanized world. I do feel that society wants everybody to be exactly the same. It's so much easier. I think the theme of the indomitability of the human spirit is very much there, and the fight against regimentation. When we talk about life my philosophy is that you have to ... See more »


Directed the television debuts of Sir John Gielgud and Ingrid Bergman in "The Browning Version" episode for The DuPont Show of the Month (1957) and Startime: The Turn of the Screw (1959), respectively. See more »


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