Frank Darabont Net Worth

Frank Darabont Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Frank Darabont net worth is
$15 Million

Frank Darabont Wiki Biography

Frank Darabont Ferenc was born on 28 January 1959 to Hungarian parents in the French town of Monbeliard, where his parents were seeking refuge from the Soviet response to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Now simply Frank Darabont, he is an American film producer, director and screen-writer, perhaps best known for his involvement in such films as “The Shawshank Redemption”, and TV series “The Walking Dead”, since his debut in the early ’80s.

So just how rich is Frank Darabont? Sources state that Frank’s estimated net worth is now over $15 million, accumulated from his varied career of over 40 years in the entertainment industry

Frank Darabont Net Worth $15 Million

Soon after Frank’s birth, the family moved to the United States. Darabont grew up in Los Angeles and decided to pursue a career in film-making after having seen the film “THX 1138” by George Lucas. He decided to start working on his dream career right after graduating from Hollywood High School, and so never went to college. Soon he got his first production assistant jobs on such projects as “Hell Night”, “The Seduction” and “Trancers”. He wrote and directed his first short film entitled ‘The Woman In The Room’ in 1983, and this film got him onto the semi-finalists’ list for that year’s Oscars.

Darabont’s work quickly became noticed, and he was approached by Chuck Russel, who offered him creative collaboration, and the two went on to write a number of film scripts. One of their most successful was the film “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 : Dream Warrior”. Darabont and Russel continued writing scripts until 1990, when Darabont’s directorial debut, a TV film called “Buried Alive” was released on the USA Network. However, alongside his directorial career, Darabont kept working as a screen writer, and among other projects, he wrote for the television series “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles”.

Author Stephen King was impressed by Darabont’s early adaptation of one of his stories, and subsequently granted him the rights to another of his works, “The Shawshank Redemption”, which was only a moderate success at the box office, but was greatly acclaimed by critics, and for which Darabont received seven nominations at the Academy Awards in 1995, including for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Darabont’s later achievements include “The Green Mile” (1999), another Stephen King adaptation, which is the highest grossing movie of all of Stephen King’s adaptations, it which took an impressive total of $286 million at the box office worldwide. Other highly successful works of Darabont are “The Mist” (2007), a horror movie that was very well received by critics, and the first season of “The Walking Dead”, a TV series based on a comic book of the same name. The series was very popular and received many positive reviews, however, Darabont was made redundant in 2011 due to budget cuts and irreconcilable differences with the executives of the TV channel that ran the series, which Frank claimed left him millions of dollars short in payments.

Soon after parting from “The Walking Dead”, Daramont was hired to develop a new TV series, called “Mob City”. He felt very enthusiastic about the project and cast a number of his regular actors as he believed the project would be successful. However, “The Mob” only ran one season in 2013 before it was cancelled despite mostly positive critics’ reviews.

One of Darabont’s latest works is the 2014 version of Godzilla. He rewrote the screenplay for the movie, saying he wanted to picture Godzilla as a ‘terrifying force of nature’. Overall, Frank has worked on almost 30 films, and is into double figures with TV series and films too.

In his personal life, Frank is married to costume designer Karyn Wagner: they have worked together on several films

Full NameFrank Darabont
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of Birth28 January 1959
Place Of BirthMontbéliard, France
ProfessionFilm director, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Television Director, Actor, Television producer
EducationHollywood High School
SpouseKaryn Wagner
NicknamesFrank A. Darabont , Ardeth Bey , Frank Arpad Darabont , Darabont Ferenc , Ferenc Darabont
AwardsBFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: New Series, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Nebula Award for Best Sc...
MoviesThe Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist, The Majestic, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Blob, Buried Alive, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Fly II, The Woman in the Room, The Salton Sea, King Kong, Two-Fisted Tales, The United Monster Talent Agency, Fahrenheit 451
TV ShowsMob City, The Walking Dead
1Hawaiian shirts
2Often casts actors Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler in his movies
3Frequently makes adaptations of stories or novels by Stephen King.
1[on screenwriting and being a screenwriter] Don't get into this business if it's about trying to make a million-dollar sale. We've got plenty of assholes around trying to achieve that goal. There are more dilettantes in the game than real, committed, I'm-gonna-go-down-swinging kinda people. We need more of the latter and less of the former. We need people who care about this as an art form. Movies should count for more than an opening-weekend gross, because whatever had a huge gross this week, will they be talking about it in 50 years? Will it be [a] credit to the art form, the way we talk about Casablanca (1942)?
2I'm Willy Loman wandering around with a briefcase under his arm. Truth is, most people in Hollywood are. There's tremendous bureaucracy designed to prevent you realizing your creative vision. They will try to find every reason in the world not to make your movie. It's a very interesting and perverse situation. The only person who can, with impunity, make the movie he wants to make has got to be Steven Spielberg. And I'm sure even he has a bumpy day or two. The rest of us are flailing around trying to find somebody who'll believe in what we believe in. It's tougher than ever, really, because the kinds of movies that I wish to make are not the obvious thing being shoveled out by Hollywood every day. I keep getting sent these scripts, and offers coming through to direct this and direct that. My problem is that I don't want to spend two hours watching them, much less two years making them.
3[on the ending of The Mist (2007)] That's one of the reasons we shot it so quickly and cheaply, because of that ending. I wound up making it for about half the budget that I had been offered, which came with the caveat that I changed the ending, and I didn't know what another ending would have been, frankly. And I think trying to adjust it would have felt like a total sellout to me. Honestly, it's the ending I had in mind, and whether you love the ending or hate the ending, I stand by it. I think cinema is an art form, it's all expression. I thought, "Okay, let's make it for half that budget and keep that ending, so I can make the movie I set out to make". Otherwise, I'm just a hired monkey.
4[on his struggles getting "Fahrenheit 451" made] Hollywood doesn't trust smart material, if you show them a really smart script. I actually had a studio head read that script and say, "Wow, that's the best and smartest script that I've read since running this studio but I can't possibly greenlight it". I asked why and he says, "How am I going to get 13-year-olds to show up at the theater?" And I said, "Well, let's make a good movie and I bet that will take care of itself". But that argument cut absolutely no ice. The movie was basically too smart for this person, too metaphorical, etc., etc. It's a bit of a battle you've got to fight. When you're faced with it, how do you overcome that prejudice?
5Stanley Kubrick was a big inspiration. People accuse me of never using my own material. But when did Kubrick? You look at his films and they are completely unique . . . completely separate entities. Sometimes an artist rises above his source material. I'd like to think that my films are personal enough to exist without hearkening back to their respective novels.
6[on The Shawshank Redemption (1994)] I really don't think you can get tired of the kind of loving reaction that people have for this movie. It seems to have become its own ambassador to the world. It does mean something to people, and that's so fantastic to me. How many people have even one thing like that in their lives? If [my] obituary is, "Frank 'Shawshank Redemption' Darabont died today at the age of"--hopefully--"110", that would be awesome. Of course, I hope people check out the other films I've made, too, and I hope they enjoy them and I hope I get to make some more that they enjoy. But, hey, if the one thing I'm remembered for is "Shawshank", why on Earth would I complain about that? Few people are remembered for anything.
7The human race is fundamentally insane. If you put two of us into a room together we're soon gonna start figuring out good reasons to kill one another.
8The Majestic (2001) is a movie I'm very proud of and I really love. It achieved exactly what I set out to make. And I find it very moving. It's a very sweet and quaint movie. That's always a tough sell.
9If you look at a classic horror movie like The Exorcist (1973), part of what makes it so scary is that it feels so damn real. If you add a layer of too much hysterical, theatrical reality, then audiences take it less seriously. But if you play it for absolute reality, then the dread and the horror - which is why we go to horror movies in the first place - is reinforced.
10[on his rejected script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) (aka Indiana Jones 4)] Steven [Steven Spielberg] was very, very happy with the script and said it was the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). That's really high praise and gave me a real sense of accomplishment, especially when you love the material you're working on as much as I love the "Indiana Jones" films. And then you have George Lucas read it and say, "Yeah, I don't think so, I don't like it". And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, [which] is a real kick to the nuts. You can only waste so much time and so many years of your life on experiences like that, you can only get so emotionally invested and have the rug pulled out from under you before you say, "Enough of that".
11[on Stephen King from an interview in Creative Screenwriting] We have a joke now - because the first two films I directed were period prison movies - that my directing career will stall unless he writes another period prison story.
12[on Quentin Tarantino from an interview in Creative Screenwriting] I find Quentin's work very interesting, because he does dabble so well in the nihilistic world, but yet, there's a real streak of humanity in his work. It's not about the nihilism, it's about people in a sense operating as honorably as they can in a nihilistic world.
13[October 1994, in "Premiere" magazine] If you're going to succeed, you've got to be like one of those punch-drunk fighters in the old Warner Bros. boxing pictures: too stupid to fall down, you just keep slugging and stay on your feet.
1He was short listed as a director for The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) and eventually agreed to co-write and direct the film before dropping out.
2Was hired in 2004 to write the script for Mission: Impossible III (2006) after screenwriters Robert Towne and Dean Georgaris failed to deliver good enough drafts. Darabont's script would get polished by Joe Carnahan who was originally attached to direct following David Fincher's departure. Eventually, Cruise hired J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci to write the script for the project.
3Frank Darabont has been one of the top script doctors and rewrites in Hollywood going back to the early 1990s. Among the projects he has performed uncredited writing on include: The Rocketeer (1991), Copycat (1995), The Fan (1996), Eraser (1996), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Majestic (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Salton Sea (2002), Collateral (2004), Law Abiding Citizen (2009) and most recently Godzilla (2014).
4Currently working on adapting "The Mist," a short story by Stephen King, into a film. No studio announcement has been made as of October 2004, but if all goes on schedule, the final product should see theatrical release in the second half of 2006. (Source: Daniel Robert Epstein's interview with Frank Darabont at ) [October 2004]
5In Shreveport, Lousiana in the middle of Pre-production on "Stephen King's The Mist" [January 2007]
6Has directed 2 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Morgan Freeman (Best Actor, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)) and Michael Clarke Duncan (Best Supporting Actor, The Green Mile (1999).
7Is good friends with movie poster artist Drew Struzan.
8He was born in 1959 in a refugee camp in France, where his parents were briefly resettled after the Soviet crushing of the 1956 Budapest uprising.
9Good friends with Stephen King.
10His first novella "Walpuski's Typewriter" was published in 2005.
11The Shawshank Redemption (1994) is ranked #23 on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.
12The D-Day sequence at Normandy, in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998), was an addition that Darabont himself proposed during script revisions.
13After closely working for more than a year with Steven Spielberg on a script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the script was personally rejected by producer George Lucas who had taken it upon himself to rewrite the script to his liking. Spielberg loved the script, but deferred to longtime pal Lucas on the matter.
14Wrote a draft of the screenplay for Collateral (2004).


The Walking DeadTV Series developed by - 91 episodes, 2010 - 2017 written by - 3 episodes, 2010 - 2011 creator - 1 episode, 2017 teleplay - 1 episode, 2010 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2010
Mob CityTV Series created by - 6 episodes, 2013 written by - 3 episodes, 2013
The Mist2007screenplay
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Phantom Train of Doom1999Video written by
The Green Mile1999screenplay
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service1999Video screenplay - segment "Austria"
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Daredevils of the Desert1999Video written by
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Oganga, the Giver and Taker of Life1999Video screenplay - segments "German East Africa", "Congo"
Black Cat Run1998TV Movie story / teleplay
The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Travels with Father1996TV Movie written by
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein1994screenplay
The Shawshank Redemption1994screenplay
Nightshift Collection1994Video
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles1992-1993TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Tales from the CryptTV Series teleplay - 1 episode, 1992 screenplay - 1 episode, 1990
Two-Fisted Tales1992TV Movie segment "Showdown"
The Fly II1989screenplay
The Blob1988screenplay
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors1987screenplay
The Woman in the Room1983Short writer


The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentary executive producer
Mob City2013TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
The Walking Dead2010-2012TV Series executive producer - 19 episodes
The Mist2007producer
Raines2007TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
Collateral2004executive producer
The Salton Sea2002producer
The Majestic2001producer
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary short executive producer
The Green Mile1999producer
Black Cat Run1998TV Movie executive producer


Mob City2013TV Series 4 episodes
The Walking Dead2010TV Series 1 episode
The Mist2007
The Shield2007TV Series 1 episode
Raines2007TV Series 1 episode
The Majestic2001
The Green Mile1999
The Shawshank Redemption1994
Nightshift Collection1994Video
Buried Alive1990TV Movie
The Woman in the Room1983Short


The Huntsman: Winter's War2016script doctor - uncredited
Godzilla2014script doctor - uncredited
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentary archival material provided by
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short archival materials & photos provided by
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentary materials
Collateral2004script doctor - uncredited
Minority Report2002script doctor - uncredited
Saving Private Ryan1998script doctor - uncredited
The Fan1996script doctor - uncredited
Eraser1996script doctor - uncredited
Hell Night1981production assistant


The United Monster Talent Agency2010ShortDirector #1
Entourage2008-2009TV SeriesFrank Darabont
King Kong2005Gunner
Vampires1998Man with Buick
The Shining1997TV Mini-SeriesSpecial Appearance

Art Department

Trancers1984art department assistant
Crimes of Passion1984set dresser

Transportation Department

The Seduction1982transportation captain - as Frank A. Darabont


Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Zombie WhispererTV Series special thanks - 1 episode, 2012 additional thanks - 1 episode, 2012
2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams2010special thanks
Dark Country2009special thanks
The Outlaw Emmett Deemus and the Porno Queen2008Short very special thanks
Warner at War2008TV Movie documentary special thanks
Drew Struzan: An Appreciation of an Artist2008Video documentary short special thanks
Monsters Among Us: The Creature FX of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short special thanks
The Horror of It All: The Visual FX of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short special thanks
The Mist: Taming the Beast - The Making of Scene 352008Video documentary short special thanks
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary short special thanks
Promoting Dystopia: Rendering the Poster Art2007Video documentary short special thanks
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II2007TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Horrors of War2006thanks
RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World'2005Video documentary special thanks
La femme dans la chambre2005Short special thanks
Made Men: The 'GoodFellas' Legacy2004Video documentary short special thanks
An American Rhapsody2001the producers and director wish to thank
The Mask1994special thanks


On Story2014TV SeriesHimself
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster2013DocumentaryHimself
Fear Himself: The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger2012Video shortHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2011TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
Nightmare Factory2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clint Eastwood's West2011Video documentary shortHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2010TV SeriesHimself
Post Mortem with Mick Garris2010TV SeriesHimself
The Making of The Walking Dead2010Documentary shortDirector / Producer / Writer
Project: Comic-Con2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
More Tales from the Script2010Video documentaryHimself
Bob Burns' Hollywood Halloween2009Video documentaryHimself
Tales from the Script2009DocumentaryHimself
Starz Inside: Fantastic Flesh2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Drew Struzan: An Appreciation of an Artist2008Video documentary shortHimself
Monsters Among Us: The Creature FX of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Horror of It All: The Visual FX of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Mist: Taming the Beast - The Making of Scene 352008Video documentary shortHimself
When Darkness Came: The Making of 'The Mist'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner2007Video documentaryHimself
Deck-A-Rep: The True Nature of Rick Deckard2007Video documentary shortHimself
Nexus Generation: Fans & Filmmakers2007Video documentary shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Miracles and Mystery: Creating 'The Green Mile'2006Video documentaryHimself
Recreating the Eighth Wonder: The Making of 'King Kong'2006Video documentaryHimself
100 Porsches and Me2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sci-Fi Boys2006DocumentaryHimself
RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World'2005Video documentaryHimself
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection2005Video documentary
Made Men: The 'GoodFellas' Legacy2004Video documentary shortHimself - Director
Behind the Tunes: Man from Wackyland - The Art of Bob Clampett2004Video documentary shortHimself
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Shawshank Redemption: Behind the Scenes2004Video shortHimself
Artifact from the Future: The Making of 'THX 1138'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Charlie Rose2000-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Irreverent Imagination: The Golden Age of the Looney Tunes2003Video documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest Films2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Walking the Mile2000Video documentary shortHimself - Writer / Director
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Adapted Screenplay
The Miracle of 'The Green Mile'1999TV Short documentaryHimself
Stephen King: Shining in the Dark1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Screenplay

Archive Footage

The Green Mile: Walking the Mile2014Video documentaryHimself
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHimself

Won Awards

2011AFI AwardAFI Awards, USATV Program of the YearThe Walking Dead (2010)
2007Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest DirectorThe Mist (2007)
2001Readers' Choice AwardMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmThe Green Mile (1999)
2000Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedThe Green Mile (1999)
1996Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1996Readers' Choice AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1996Mainichi Film ConcoursMainichi Film ConcoursBest Foreign Language FilmThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Studio Crystal Heart AwardHeartland Film FestivalThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Hochi Film AwardHochi Film AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film CategoryThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Literary AwardPEN Center USA West Literary AwardsScreenplayThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Nominated Awards

2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing in a Drama SeriesThe Walking Dead (2010)
2011DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic SeriesThe Walking Dead (2010)
2011TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest New DramaThe Walking Dead (2010)
2011WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USANew SeriesThe Walking Dead (2010)
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Mist (2007)
2001Nebula AwardScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaBest ScriptThe Green Mile (1999)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe Green Mile (1999)
2000OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Green Mile (1999)
2000Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorThe Green Mile (1999)
2000Bram Stoker AwardBram Stoker AwardsScreenplayThe Green Mile (1999)
2000DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Green Mile (1999)
2000OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Green Mile (1999)
2000USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardThe Green Mile (1999)
1999ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Green Mile (1999)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesFrom the Earth to the Moon (1998)
1995OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingMary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
1995Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest WritingThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1995WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest DirectorThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
1991WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAnthology Episode/Single ProgramTales from the Crypt (1989)

2nd Place Awards

2000SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayThe Green Mile (1999)

Known for movies

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