In a career spanning 30 years, composer David Michael Frank has written the music for over 80 feature, cable, and television films, as well as several hundred episodes of primetime series. He has scored films for such renowned directors as Andrew Davis, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Wes Craven, Abel Ferrara, and William Shatner. These films include the action film Above The Law, the urban comedy I?m Gonna Git You Sucka, the erotic thriller Poison Ivy, the Oscar-nominated Imax film Cosmic Voyage, as well as David Mamet?s A Life In The Theater, starring Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick.
Two months before his tragic death, Michael Jackson personally chose Frank to orchestrate and conduct a new album of Jackson?s original, classical compositions. They began collaborating on the first two instrumental pieces, which were going to be recorded by an 80-piece orchestra in Los Angeles or London. Jackson and Frank first met 20 years earlier on a television special honoring Sammy Davis Jr., for which Frank received an Emmy nomination.
Frank was recently nominated for his fourth Emmy, this time for his theme from the ABC series, The Mole. This music was performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Other recent projects include the feature film, Sherman?s Way, the upcoming documentary, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies, and the new, fall television series, BrainSurge.
Frank was born and raised in Baltimore, where he studied piano and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and was a soloist with the Peabody Orchestra at age sixteen. After further studies in Paris and a degree from Northwestern University, Frank moved to New York where he spent several years conducting such Broadway musicals as Grease, Pippin, and The Me Nobody Knows. Recently, Frank returned to his Broadway roots to write a new musical based on Ian Ogilvy?s play, A Slight Hangover.