Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian uprising. 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 low-budget 1981 film, Hell Night, starring Linda Blair. He spent the next six years working in the art department (set construction and dressing) 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, directed by Chuck Russell.
Darabont is one of only six filmmakers in history with the unique distinction of having his first two feature films as director receive Oscar nominations for Best Picture: 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption (seven nominations) and 1999’s The Green Mile (four nominations).