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Franklin J. Schaffner (1920–1989)


Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed on prestigious shows such as Studio One (1948) and ... See full bio »

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Patton Director
(1970)
(1968)
(1978)
Papillon Director
(1973)

Filmography

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 1989 Welcome Home
 1987 Lionheart
 1982 Yes, Giorgio
 1981 Sphinx
 1973 Papillon
 1970 Patton
 1968 Planet of the Apes (directed by)
 1967 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 One-Eyed Jacks Are Wild (TV Movie)
 1966 Planet of the Apes Test Reel (Short) (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1965 The War Lord (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1964 Ambassador at Large (TV Movie)
 1964 The Best Man (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1963 The Stripper (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1961-1962 The Defenders (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Gideon's Follies (1961)
- The Attack (1961)
- The Boy Between (1961) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1962 A Tour of the White House (TV Movie documentary) (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1961 Cry Vengeance! (TV Movie)
 1957-1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (19 episodes)
- The Cruel Day (1960) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- The Silver Whistle (1959) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- The Rank and File (1959) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- Dark December (1959) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wicked Scheme of Jebal Deeks (1959) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1953-1959 Person to Person (TV Series documentary) (248 episodes)
- Episode #6.40 (1959)
- Episode #6.39 (1959)
- Episode #6.38 (1959)
- Episode #6.37 (1959)
- Episode #6.36 (1959)
 1957 Producers' Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1956-1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- So Short a Season (1957) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- The Rag Jungle (1956) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- Angel's Ransom (1956) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- Antigone (1956)
- Roar of the Lion (1956) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
 1949-1956 Studio One (TV Series) (110 episodes)
- The Arena (1956) ... (as Franklin Schaffner)
- Flower of Pride (1956)
 1955-1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- High Tor (1956)
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Broadway (1955)
 1952 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
 1948-1951 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series) (22 episodes)
- The Ghost Patrol (1951)
- Three in a Room (1951)
- Peter Ibbetson (1951)
- Dead on the Vine (1951)
 1951 The Victor Borge Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (1951)
 1949 Wesley (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Episode #1.13 (1949)
- Episode #1.12 (1949)
- Episode #1.11 (1949)
- Episode #1.10 (1949)
- Episode #1.9 (1949)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Loring Mandel's play, "Advise and Consent," at the Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio with Farley Granger, Chester Morris, Royal Beal, Russell Gaige, House Jameson, Atwood Levensalger, Betty Rollin, Archie Smith, Kay Doubleday, Grant Code, Harry Millard, and Van Ackerman in the cast. Rouben Ter-Arutunian was set ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Franklin Scaffner | Franklin Schaffner | Frank Schaffner | S. Schaffner

Spouse:

Helen Jean Gilchrist  (his death)  (2 children)
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Trivia:

President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) from 1987-89. See more »

Trademark:

He often used Jerry Goldsmith to compose the scores (Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon, etc.) See more »

Nickname:

Frank

Star Sign:

Gemini

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