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 revolution. 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 1981 low-budget film, Hell Night, starring Linda Blair. He spent the next six years working in the art department as a set dresser and in set construction 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.
His most recent feature as director, The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey, was released in December 2001. His next film as director was an adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, which Darabont wrote for Castle Rock and Icon Productions. He is currently executive-producing the thriller, Collateral, for DreamWorks, with Michael Mann directing and Tom Cruise starring.