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A. Scott Frank (born March 10, 1960) is an American screenwriter, film director, and author. He has earned two Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nominations, for Out of Sight (1998) and Logan (2017).

Scott Frank
A. Scott Frank

(1960-03-10) March 10, 1960 (age 59)
EducationUniversity of California, Santa Barbara
(B.A. 1982)
AFI Conservatory
OccupationScreenwriter, film director, author
AwardsNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (1998)
Saturn Award for Best Writing (2002)

Early life and educationEdit

Frank was born to a Jewish family[1] in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on March 10, 1960.[2]

He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating in 1982 with a B.A. in film studies.[3][4]


In 2008, Scott Frank’s directorial debut, The Lookout, won the Independent Spirit award for Best First Feature.

Along with The Lookout, Mr. Frank’s other screenplays include Little Man Tate, Dead Again, Malice, Heaven's Prisoners, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Minority Report, The Interpreter, Marley & Me, The Wolverine and A Walk Among the Tombstones (which he also directed).

Out of Sight, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as Best Screenplay awards from the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Minority Report won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Screenplay. Get Shorty was nominated for both a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and, as was Dead Again, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery Screenplay.

In January 2016, Frank debuted as a novelist with Shaker. The novel is a crime mystery published by Penguin/Random House.[5]

Writing workEdit

Year Film Director Notes
1988 Plain Clothes Martha Coolidge
1991 Dead Again Kenneth Branagh
Little Man Tate Jodie Foster
The Walter Ego John Putch Short
1993 Malice Harold Becker
1995 Get Shorty Barry Sonnenfeld Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Phil Joanou
1998 Out of Sight Steven Soderbergh Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2002 Minority Report Steven Spielberg Saturn Award for Best Writing
2004 Flight of the Phoenix John Moore
2005 The Interpreter Sydney Pollack
2007 The Lookout Himself Directorial debut
2008 Marley & Me David Frankel
2013 The Wolverine James Mangold
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Himself
2017 Logan James Mangold Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Writing
Year Series Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Episode: "The Phone Call"
1993 Fallen Angels Episode: "Dead End for Delia"
2004 Karen Sisco Episode: "He Was a Friend of Mine"
2011 Shameless Also director, episode: "It's Time to Kill the Turtle"
2017 Godless Also creator, executive producer, and director


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (March 6, 2018). "Anton Yelchin's final role lands in 'Thoroughbreds'; Appatow's 'Love' returns". The Jewish News of Northern California.
  2. ^ "Scott Frank biography". The New York Times. New York City, New York. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Scott Frank bio". Penguin Random House. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Bazer, Mark (March 25, 2007). "Screenwriter Frank takes action After years spent creating scripts, he's directing". The Boston Globe. Boston, Massachusetts. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015 – via HighBeam Research.
  5. ^ "Shaker". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 18, 2016.

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