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Darabont Ferenc, better known as Frank Darabont, is an Academy Award winning Hungarian-American director, screenwriter and producer. He developed and executive produced Season 1 and part of Season 2 of AMC's The Walking Dead. He was also the showrunner for the first season.
Darabont was born in a refugee camp in January 28, 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School. His first job in movies was as a production assistant on the 1981 low-budget film, Hell Night. He spent the next six years working in the art department as a set dresser and in set construction while struggling to establish himself as a writer. His first produced writing credit (shared) was on the 1987 film A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
He is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films receive nominations for the Best Picture Academy Award: 1994's The Shawshank Redemption (with a total of seven nominations) and 1999's The Green Mile (four nominations). He collected Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay for each film (both based on works by Stephen King), as well as nominations for both films from the Director's Guild of America, and a nomination from the Writers Guild of America for The Shawshank Redemption.
- "Days Gone Bye"
- "Tell It to the Frogs" (with Charles H. Eglee & Jack LoGiudice)
- "TS-19" (with Adam Fierro)
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Green Mile
- The Mist
- Mob City
- The Blob
- The Fly II
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
- Young Indiana Jones