Biography of Frank Darabont

Frank Darabont is a Hungarian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for his film adaptations of Stephen King stories, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist. He also works as a producer, producing such television shows as The Walking Dead and Mob City.

Darabont was born to Hungarian parents who had fled Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution. After the family moved to Los Angeles, Darabont became interested in filmmaking, skipping college to begin working in the industry, first as a seat finder at the Hollywood Egyptian Theater. Soon enough he was working as a production assistant on horror films. His first short film was an adaptation of Stephen King's The Woman in the Room, which brought him to the attention of the novelist and prompted a friendship that has served Darabont well throughout his career. After writing several films, Darabont directed his first film Buried Alive in 1990. In 1994, he directed The Shawshank Redemption, and although the film did not do well commercially, it was a critical success, earning seven Academy Award nominations, including one for Darabont for Best Director.

Darabont next directed The Green Mile, another King adaptation, in 1999, followed by The Majestic in 2001, and The Mist in 2007, yet another Stephen King adaptation. For his work on The Green Mile, Darabont was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Study Guides on Works by Frank Darabont

Frank Darabont's 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption is an adaptation of Stephen King's 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. It follows the story of Andy Dufresne, a man who is serving two...