Frank David Michael (David Frank)

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FRANK David Michael (David Frank)


Born in Baltimore, MD; married Bonnie Marcus. Education: Studied classical piano and composition at Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD; Northwestern University, graduated; also studied in Paris.

Addresses: Contact c/o Milander Schleussner Kaufman, 6525 West Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 900287212.

Career: Composer, orchestrator, music arranger, song producer, and conductor.

Awards, Honors: Emmy Award nomination, c. 1990, for Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding music composition for a miniseries or special, 1996, for Annie: A Royal Adventure!; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding music and lyrics (with lyricist Todd Smallwood), 1999, for " Togetherness, " You Lucky Dog.


Film Work:

Electronic music performer, Silver Bullet, Paramount, 1985.

Song producer, " Coming to America " and " Transparent, " Coming to America, Paramount, 1988.

Orchestrator and song producer, Suburban Commando, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Orchestrator and conductor, Poison Ivy, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Orchestrator and song producer, Best of the Best II, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1993.

Television Work:

Music arranger, Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration (special), ABC, 1990.

Musician, Annie Lennox ... in the Park (special), 1996.

Music conductor, A Will of Their Own (miniseries), NBC, 1998.

Stage Work:

Music conductor for the musical Grease, New York City production; conductor and music director for The Me Nobody Knows and Pippin, both New York City; also music director for productions of I Paid My Dues, Prettybelle, Sextet, and Tricks.



Code of Silence, Easy Street, 1985.

Hero and the Terror, Cinedisc, 1988.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Arista, 1988.

Out for Justice, Varese Sarabande, 1991.

Suburban Commando, Rhino Records, 1991.

Showdown in Little Tokyo, Nouveau Records, 1991.

Music from the Films of Steven Seagal, GNP Crescendo, 1992.

Best of the Best II, Edel America, 1992.

Above the Law, GNP Crescendo, 1992.

Hard to Kill, GNP Crescendo, 1992.

(Contributor) Universal Soldiers, Edel, 1992.

(Contributor) Heroes in Action, Silva Screen, 1993.

Extreme Justice, Milan, 1993.

The BabySitter's Club, Sony Wonder, 1995.

A Thousand Men and a Baby, Prometheus, 1997.

A Kid in Aladdin's Palace, Citadel, 1998.

The Staircase, BWE, 1998.

The Mole, Varese Sarabande, 2001.

Other albums include Ancient Mariner by Elly Stone, Eebee Records; Cosmic Voyage, Prometheus; Critics Choice, Q Records Atlantic; Jane OlivorLive in Concert and Jane OlivorStay the Night, both Columbia; and Oh What a Feeling by Mary Travers, Warner Bros.


Television Composer; Series:

(As David Frank) Music and theme song, Gung Ho, 1986.

The Mole, ABC, 2001.

The Oblongs..., The WB, 2001.

The Mole II: The Next Betrayal (also known as Mole 2 ), ABC, 2001.

Celebrity Mole Yucatan, ABC, 2003.

Celebrity Mole Hawaii, ABC, 2003.

Also composer for the series The Bad News Bears, CBS; Diff'rent Strokes, NBC; Fifth Corner, NBC; Fortune Hunter, Fox; Homeroom, NBC; Jack & Jill, The WB; Knight & Daye, NBC; Mork and Mindy, CBS; The Resurrector, Fox; Robert Townsend and His Partners in Crime, HBO; and Townsend Television, Fox; as David Frank, composer for the series Domestic Life, CBS; Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Fox; Foul Play, ABC; Free Spirit, ABC; George Burns Comedy Week, CBS; Here's Boomer, NBC; Leo & Liz in Beverly Hills, CBS; Maximum Security, HBO; The New Leave It to Beaver; and Take Five, NBC; songwriter for the series Popstars.

Television Composer; Miniseries:

A Matter of Justice (also known as Final Justice ), NBC, 1993.

Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story, Fox, 1995.

Dead by Sunset, NBC, 1995.

A Will of Their Own, NBC, 1998.

To Serve and Protect (also known as Family Shield ), NBC, 1999.

Television Composer; Movies:

(As David Frank) The Kid from Left Field, NBC, 1979.

(As David Frank; including the song " Within Your Eyes ") An Innocent Love (also known as One Starry Night ), CBS, 1982.

(As David Frank) Maid in America, CBS, 1982.

(Including song) The Invisible Woman, NBC, 1983.

(As David Frank) The Gladiator, ABC, 1986.

False Witness (also known as Double Exposure ), NBC, 1989.

Chips, the War Dog, The Disney Channel, 1990.

Columbo: Agenda for Murder (also known as Agenda for Murder ), ABC, 1990.

Exclusive, ABC, 1992.

From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One, NBC, 1992.

(Including the song " She's Mine ") Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story, CBS, 1993.

Blindsided, USA Network, 1993.

Black Widow Murders: The Blanche Taylor Moore Story, NBC, 1993.

Linda (also known as Lust for Murder ), USA Network, 1993.

A Life in the Theater, TNT, 1993.

The Disappearance of Christina, USA Network, 1993.

Irresistible Force, CBS, 1993.

Extreme Justice (also known as S.I.S.Extreme Justice ), HBO, 1993.

Children of the Dark, CBS, 1994.

Dancing with Danger, USA Network, 1994.

Bitter Vengeance, USA Network, 1994.

TekLords, syndicated, 1994.

TekLab, syndicated, 1994.

Theme music, TekJustice, syndicated, 1994.

Problem Child 3: Junior in Love (also known as Problem Child 3 ), NBC, 1995.

When the Dark Man Calls, USA Network, 1995.

Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead, USA Network, 1995.

Annie: A Royal Adventure!, ABC, 1995.

Born Free: A New Adventure, ABC, 1996.

The Lottery, NBC, 1996.

The Prosecutors, NBC, 1996.

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (also known as Fire on the Mountain ), ABC, 1997.

A Prayer in the Dark, USA Network, 1997.

Perfect Target, HBO, 1997.

Toothless, ABC, 1997.

Under Wraps, The Disney Channel, 1997.

A Thousand Men and a Baby (also known as Narrow Escape ), CBS, 1997.

Rhapsody in Bloom, Starz!, 1998.

The Staircase, CBS, 1998.

About Sarah, CBS, 1998.

Little Girl Fly Away (also known as The Poet ), CBS, 1998.

(Including the song " Togetherness, " lyrics by Todd Smallwood) You Lucky Dog, The Disney Channel, 1998.

Up, Up, and Away!, The Disney Channel, 2000.

The Last Patrol (also known as The Last Warrior ), Cinemax, 2000.

Passion & Prejudice, USA Network, 2001.

Television Composer; Specials, as David Frank:

A Christmas for Boomer, 1979.

The Single Life, CBS, 1980.

Hot W.A.C.S., NBC, 1981.

How to Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days, PBS, 1983.

Mr. Success, 1984.

The Emmy Awards, 1986.

Dick Clark Presents: What a Year, 1986.

Casebusters, ABC, 1986.

Walking on Air (also known as Wonderworks: Walking on Air ), PBS, 1986.

Also composer for The Kennedy Center Honors featuring Gene Kelly, a special of the Ringling Brothers Circus, and a special tour of the Disney/MetroGoldwynMayer studio.

Television Composer; Episodic:

As David Frank, composer of the song " Four Star Lover, " Laverne & Shirley (also known as Laverne & Shirley & Company and Laverne & Shirley & Friends ), ABC.

Television Composer; Other:

Beanpole (pilot), ABC, 1990.

TekWar (pilot; also known as TekWar: The Movie and TekWar: The Original Movie ), syndicated, 1994.

A Place Apart, 1999.

Film Composer:

(As David Frank) A Different Story, Avco Embassy, 1978.

(As David Frank) Electronic music, Vigilante, Phaedra Cinema, 1982.

(As David Frank; with others) Beat Street, Orion, 1984.

(As David Frank) Code of Silence, Orion, 1985.

(As David Frank) Off the Mark (also known as Crazy Legs ), Fries Entertainment, 1986.

(As David Frank) The Check Is in the Mail... (also known as The Cheque Is in the Post ), Ascot Films, 1986.

(As David Frank) Dead of Night (also known as Mirror of Death ), Vista Street Entertainment, 1987.

(As David Frank) Above the Law (also known as Nico and Nico: Above the Law ), Warner Bros., 1988.

(As David Frank; including the song " Two Can Be One ") Hero and the Terror, Cannon, 1988.

(As David Frank) Call Me, Martel Media/Vestron Pictures, 1988.

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, United Artists, 1988.

One Man Force, ShapiroGlickenhaus Entertainment, 1989.

Dive, 1990.

Hard to Kill (also known as Seven Year Storm ), Warner Bros., 1990.

Going Under, Warner Bros., 1990.

Out for Justice, Warner Bros., 1991.

(Including songs) Suburban Commando, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Showdown in Little Tokyo, Warner Bros., 1991.

Poison Ivy, New Line Cinema, 1992.

(Including songs " Guilty, " " To Be the Best of the Best, " and " Willie Rise ") Best of the Best II, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1993.

(Including song " Streets of Thunder ") Street Knight, Cannon, 1993.

The BabySitters Club, Columbia, 1995.

The Prince, 1996.

(As David Frank) Just One Time (short film), Execute Productions, 1997.

A Kid in Aladdin's Palace, 1998.

Cosmic Voyage (short documentary film), IMAX Corp., 1998.

Billboard Dad, Warner Bros., 1998.

" Just One Time, " a segment of Boys Life 3, Strand Releasing, 2000.

Slap Her ... She's French (also known as Freche Biester! ), Premiere Marketing and Distribution Group, 2002.

Songs Featured in Films; As David Frank:

" The Pleasure Seekers, " Real Genius, TriStar, 1985.

" Didn't I Blow Your Mind, " Fatal Beauty, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1987.

" Webster's Boomer, " Forrest Gump, Paramount, 1994.

" You Are in My System, " Glitter, Twentieth CenturyFox, 2001.

Video Composer:

Visions of a New World, 1995.



David Michael Frank Official Site,, January 19, 2004.