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David Frankel

David Frankel directed the smash hit The Devil Wears Prada starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Additionally, he directed the HBO series Entourage, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2005. Previously for HBO, he directed the hit show Sex and the City, and Band of Brothers, the latter winning six Emmys, including Best Director. He also directed The Pennsylvania Miners' Story for ABC.

Frankel is a comedy writer and director who began writing and producing TV sitcoms before making his feature film directorial debut with Miami Rhapsody in 1995. Frankel also wrote and produced the film, which featured Sarah Jessica Parker.

The son of Max Frankel, former executive editor and later columnist for The New York Times, Frankel toyed with becoming a political humorist. After graduation from Harvard, his first professional assignment was an article for Esquire about John McEnroe, the tennis star against whom Frankel had competed in high school.

Frankel began writing for TV, breaking in with The Ellen Burstyn Show, a short-lived ABC sitcom that debuted in 1986. Teaming with Norman Steinberg, he wrote, directed and was co-executive producer of the CBS sitcom Doctor, Doctor (1989-91) starring Matt Frewer. The show revolved around an earnest but eccentric physician and earned critical applause, even if a larger audience never found the show. In 1991, Frankel and Steinberg created Teech, a short-lived CBS sitcom starring Phill Lewis as a music teacher. The following year, Frankel created, wrote and directed the critically well-received Grapevine (CBS), about relationships.

With Steinberg, Frankel made the leap to the big screen in 1990, co-writing Funny About Love, which starred Gene Wilder as a cartoonist who wants to be a father. He went on to write Nervous Ticks (1993), about the life of a luggage handler at an airport. Frankel was back to TV for a spell in 1996, writing the busted pilot for an ABC sitcom starring Bebe Neuwirth called Dear Diary, which was later released as a short film and earned an Oscar as Best Live Action Short.

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David Frankel Facts

BirthdayApril 3, 1959 (64)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Collateral Beauty
The Breaking Point
The Perfect Present
Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda
Marley & Me
The Big Year
Hope Springs
Band of Brothers
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