Gene Frankel Biography (1923-)

Born December 23, 1923, in New York, NY; son of Barnet (a tailor) and Anna (asocial worker; maiden name, Talerman) Frankel; married Pat Carter (an actress), May 1, 1963; children: Laura Ann, Ethan. Addresses: HOME--Four Washington Square Village, New York, NY 10012. OFFICE-- Gene Frankel Theatre, 24Bond Street, New York, NY 10012.

Gene Frankel told CTFT: "My directing career began when I was hustling in a Brighton Beach pool emporium. Talking theatre and quoting Shakespeare, I zeroed in on this 'mark' who had been eyeing me keenly for the better part of theday. 'Wanna play?' 'No.' 'So what are you looking at?' He told me he was impressed by my spiel and he belonged to an actors' collective that had just lostits director. Would I be interested in replacing him? 'Pay?' 'No pay.' 'No thanks.' His response shook me. 'You'd better! Because if you don't you'll endup shooting your life away in a corner pocket.' I took the job."

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December 23, 1923
New York, New York, United States

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April 22, 2005: Frankel died on April 20, 2005, in Manhattan, New York, of heart failure. He was 85. Source: New York Times,, April 22, 2005.

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