John Frankenheimer was made for television in the 1950s. He was a prodigy - joining the TV industry in its infancy as soon as college and the army were done with, he moved up from third assistant to first in a few months, and was also a floor-manager.…more
John Frankenheimer was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2002.
John Frankenheimer personally drove Robert F. Kennedy to the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968 - the date of his assassination.
John Frankenheimer was invited to screen test for the part of James Bond in Dr. No. Frankenheimer had been an actor before switching gears to directing.
John had two children.
John Frankenheimer: I've always seemed attracted to material that deals with characters who aren't what they seem to be - whether it's The Manchurian Candidate, or some of the work I've done on television or the novels of John Le Carré or Len Deighton or Richard Condon.
John Frankenheimer: I feel that my job is to create an atmosphere where creative people can do their best work. In other words, I have to create an atmosphere where these people feel safe, where they feel respected, and where they feel that they can contribute.
John Frankenheimer: It's very eclectic, the way one chooses subjects in the movie business, especially in the commercial movie business. You need to develop material yourself or material is presented to you as an assignment to direct.