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Frank Zappa (1940–1993)

Soundtrack | Composer | Director
KNOWN FOR 
Y Tu Mamá También (2001) | The Ice Storm (1997) | Alvin & the Chipmunks (1983–1990)
AKA 
Zappa | the Mothers of invention
BORN 
Dec 21, 1940 (died Dec 4, 1993)
HEIGHT 
6' 0" (1.83m)

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Past Film & Video (41 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Summer '82: When Zappa Came to SicilySummer '82: When Zappa Came to Sicily Composer  Less 2014
  • Primary photo for 1982. L'estate di Frank1982. L'estate di Frank (Short) Composer  Less 2012
  • Primary photo for Unlawful KillingUnlawful Killing Performer ("Dumb All Over") (uncredited), Writer ("Dumb All Over") (uncredited)  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the WorldCry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World (Video) Performer ("Willie The Pump"), Writer ("Willie The Pump")  Less 2011
  • Primary photo for A Call GirlA Call Girl Writer ("Bobby Brown goes down")  Less 2009 €1.5MM
  • Primary photo for Things We Lost in the FireThings We Lost in the Fire Performer ("The Little House I Used To Live In", "Black Napkins"), Writer ("The Little House I Used To Live In", "Black Napkins")  Less 2007 $16MM $2.8MM
  • Primary photo for Working Slowly (Radio Alice)Working Slowly (Radio Alice) Soundtrack  Less 2004
  • Primary photo for Mayor of the Sunset StripMayor of the Sunset Strip Producer ("Rodney")  Less 2003 $257K
  • Primary photo for Frank Zappa: Phase II - The Big NoteFrank Zappa: Phase II - The Big Note Composer  Less 2002
  • Primary photo for Y Tu Mamá TambiénY Tu Mamá También Performer ("Watermelon in Easter Hay"), Producer ("Watermelon in Easter Hay"), Writer ("Watermelon in Easter Hay")  Less 2001 $2MM $14MM
  • Primary photo for Tutti gli uomini del deficienteTutti gli uomini del deficiente Writer ("Tell Me You Love Me")  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Se buscan fulmontisSe buscan fulmontis Lyrics ("Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version)), Music ("Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version)), Writer ("Dirty Love" (Overnite Sensation version))  Less 1999
  • Primary photo for Goodbye, 20th CenturyGoodbye, 20th Century Arranger ("Cocaine Decisions"), Producer ("Cocaine Decisions"), Writer ("Cocaine Decisions")  Less 1998
  • Primary photo for ClosureClosure (Video) Performer ("Broken Hearts Are for Assholes"), Writer ("Broken Hearts Are for Assholes")  Less 1997
  • Primary photo for Happy TogetherHappy Together Performer ("Chunga's Revenge", "I Have Been In You"), Writer ("Chunga's Revenge", "I Have Been In You")  Less 1997 $188K
  • Primary photo for The Ice StormThe Ice Storm Performer ("Dirty Love"), Writer ("Dirty Love")  Less 1997 $18MM $7.8MM
  • Primary photo for Zappa's UniverseZappa's Universe (Video) Composer, Special Thanks  Less 1993 $250K
  • Primary photo for BeastsBeasts (Short) Composer, Writer ("G-Spot Tornado", "Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus")  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for The Yellow SharkThe Yellow Shark Himself - Composer, Conductor, Composer, Conductor  Less 1992 DEM 1MM
  • Primary photo for PeefeeyatkoPeefeeyatko Himself, Composer, Producer  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Waiting for the LightWaiting for the Light Writer ("Memories of El Monte")  Less 1990 $809K
  • Primary photo for Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will?Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? Writer ("Harder Than Your Husband")  Less 1990 $1.4MM
  • Primary photo for HellgateHellgate Writer ("MEMORIES OF EL MONTE")  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for Cousteau: Alaska: Outrage at ValdezCousteau: Alaska: Outrage at Valdez Composer  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for ColorsColors Writer ("MEMORIES OF EL MONTE")  Less 1988 $6MM $47MM
  • Primary photo for The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 MotelsThe True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels (Video) Himself, Composer, Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for The Amazing Mister BickfordThe Amazing Mister Bickford (Video) Himself, Composer, Director, Producer, Writer ("Naval Aviation In Art?", "Mo 'N Herb's Vacation", "Dupree's Paradise", "The Perfect Stranger"), Writer  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for Uncle MeatUncle Meat (Video) Himself / The Imaginary Director, Additional Photography, Composer, Director, Producer, Performer ("Tengo Na Minchia Tanta"), Writer ("The Uncle Meat Variations", "Dog Breath, In The Year Of The Plague", "Mr. Green Genes", "Holiday In Berlin, Full-Blown", "Mother People", "I'm Not Satisfied", "Tengo Na Minchia Tanta"), Writer  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for Does Humor Belong in Music?Does Humor Belong in Music? (Video) Guitar, Vocal, Composer, Director, Producer, Performer ("Zoot Allures", "Tinsel Town Rebellion", "More Trouble Every Day", "Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel", "The Dangerous Kitchen", "He's So Gay", "Bobby Brown", "Keep It Greasey", "Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Cosmik Debris", "Be In My Video", "Dancin' Fool", "Whippin' Post"), Writer ("Zoot Allures", "Tinsel Town Rebellion", "More Trouble Every Day", "Hot-Plate Heaven At The Green Hotel", "The Dangerous Kitchen", "He's So Gay", "Bobby Brown", "Keep It Greasey", "Honey, Don't You Want A Man Like Me?", "Dinah-Moe Humm", "Cosmik Debris", "Be In My Video", "Dancin' Fool"), Writer  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for Video from HellVideo from Hell (Video) Himself, Camera Operator, Composer, Director, Producer, Writer  Less 1985
  • Primary photo for The Dub Room Special!The Dub Room Special! (Video) Himself, Composer, Director, Editorial Supervisor, Writer  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for AnimalympicsAnimalympics Producer ("I Don't Think I Can Go Through This Again"), Writer ("I Don't Think I Can Go Through This Again")  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Baby SnakesBaby Snakes Himself, Composer, Director, Editor, Producer, Performer ("Baby Snakes", "Titties 'N Beer", "The Black Page #2", "Jones Crusher", "Disco Boy", "Dinah-Moe-Humm", "Punky's Whips", "I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Time Is Money"), Producer ("I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Hot Poop", "Time Is Money"), Writer ("I Have Been In You", "I'm So Cute", "City Of Tiny Lites", "Dancin' Fool", "Duck Duck Goose", "Yo' Mama's Rubber Shirt", "Return Of The Son of Shut Up and Play Your Guitar", "Whatever Happened To All The Fun In The World?", "Wait A Minute...We Gotta Get Into Something Real", "Revenge of The Knick Knack People", " (The Adventures of) Greggery Peccary", "Sexual Harrasment In The Workplace", "Hot Poop", "Time Is Money"), Writer  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for More American GraffitiMore American Graffiti Performer ("Lumpy Gravy"), Writer ("Lumpy Gravy")  Less 1979 $3MM $8.1MM
  • Primary photo for Virgin SnowVirgin Snow Performer ("Peaches en Regalia") (uncredited), Writer ("Peaches en Regalia") (uncredited)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for 200 Motels200 Motels Member of Mothers of Invention (uncredited), Composer, Director, Music Arranger, Writer (Story And Screenplay)  Less 1971 $679K
  • Primary photo for Medium CoolMedium Cool Performer ("Oh No", "Who Needs the Peace Corps?", "Mom and Dad") (uncredited), Writer ("Oh No", "Who Needs the Peace Corps?", "Mom and Dad") (uncredited)  Less 1969 $800K
  • Primary photo for HeadHead The Critic  Less 1968 $750K
  • Primary photo for Sex in Today's WorldSex in Today's World (Short) Actor  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for Run Home, SlowRun Home, Slow Composer, Conductor  Less 1965
  • Primary photo for The World's Greatest SinnerThe World's Greatest Sinner Composer (as Zappa), Writer ("World's Greatest Sinner") (uncredited)  Less 1962 $90K
Past Television (25 titles)YEAREPISODE COUNT
  • Primary photo for Dolezal BackstageDolezal Backstage (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 2015), Performer ("Bobby Brown") (1 episode, 2015)  Less 2015 1
    • Episode #1.1 (May 28, 2015) Himself (archive footage), Performer ("Bobby Brown")  Less
  • Primary photo for Comix from the UndergroundComix from the Underground (TV Series) Performer ("Filthy Habits") (1 episode, 2012), Soundtrack (1 episode, 2014), Writer ("Filthy Habits") (1 episode, 2012), Writer ("Help I'm A Rock") (1 episode, 2014), Writer ("Eddie, Are You Kidding?") (1 episode, 2013), Writer ("Nasal Retentive Calliope Music") (1 episode, 2013), Writer ("Who Needs The Peace Corps?") (1 episode, 2013), Performer ("Who Needs The Peace Corps?") (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2012–2014 6
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  • Primary photo for Some Jerk with a CameraSome Jerk with a Camera (TV Series) Performer ("The Black Page (New Age Version)") (1 episode, 2012), Performer ("I'm the Slime") (1 episode, 2013), Writer ("My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama") (1 episode, 2011)  Less 2011–2013 3
  • Primary photo for The Cinema SnobThe Cinema Snob (TV Series) Soundtrack (1 episode, 2013)  Less 2013 1
  • Primary photo for I Love the '70s: Volume 2I Love the '70s: Volume 2 (TV Series) Performer ("Joe's Garage") (1 episode, 2006), Himself  Less 2006 1
    • 1979 (Jul 14, 2006) Performer ("Joe's Garage")  Less
  • Primary photo for DariaDaria (TV Series) Soundtrack (1 episode, 1998)  Less 1998 1
  • Primary photo for CluelessClueless (TV Series) Performer ("Valley Girl") (1 episode, 1997), Writer ("Valley Girl") (1 episode, 1997)  Less 1997 1
    • Valley of the Malls (Dec 9, 1997) Performer ("Valley Girl"), Writer ("Valley Girl")  Less
  • Primary photo for Duckman: Private Dick/Family ManDuckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series) Composer (11 episodes, 1994), Music ("What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?", "Dirty Love", "Grand Wazoo", "Sinister Footwear II") (1 episode, 1994), Music ("Hungry Freaks, Daddy") (1 episode, 1994), Dedicatee (1 episode, 1994), Music ("Disco Boy", "Help, I'm a Rock", "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance", "Friendly Little Finger") (1 episode, 1994), Lyrics ("What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?") (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994 11
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  • Primary photo for TohuwabohuTohuwabohu (TV Series) Performer ("Bobby Brown") (1 episode, 1994), Writer ("Bobby Brown") (1 episode, 1994)  Less 1994 1
    • Seite 17 (1994) Performer ("Bobby Brown") (uncredited), Writer ("Bobby Brown") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Beavis and Butt-HeadBeavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) Performer ("You Are What You Is") (1 episode, 1993), Writer ("You Are What You Is") (1 episode, 1993)  Less 1993 1
    • Canoe (Nov 15, 1993) Performer ("You Are What You Is"), Writer ("You Are What You Is")  Less
  • Primary photo for The Ren & Stimpy ShowThe Ren & Stimpy Show (TV Series) The Pope (1 episode, 1992)  Less 1992 1
  • Primary photo for Parker Lewis Can't LoseParker Lewis Can't Lose (TV Series) Performer ("You Are What You Is") (1 episode, 1990), Producer ("You Are What You Is") (1 episode, 1990), Writer ("You Are What You Is") (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990 1
    • Operation Kubiak (Sep 9, 1990) Performer ("You Are What You Is"), Producer ("You Are What You Is"), Writer ("You Are What You Is")  Less
  • Primary photo for Alvin & the ChipmunksAlvin & the Chipmunks (TV Series) Producer ("Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL"), Writer ("Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL"), Performer ("Revised Music For Guitar and Low Budget Orchestra", "ReDuNZL")  Less 1983–1990
  • Primary photo for X-LargeX-Large (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1989), Performer ("You Are What You Is" (uncredited), "Mr. Green Genes" (uncredited), "Bobby Brown", "Baby Snakes", "Keep It Greasy" (uncredited), "Sharleena" (uncredited), "Uncle Remus" (uncredited), "He's So Gay" (uncredited), "Joe's Garage" (uncredited)) (1 episode, 1989)  Less 1989 1
    • Frank Zappa - 20 Jahre Extravaganza (1989) Himself, Performer ("You Are What You Is" (uncredited), "Mr. Green Genes" (uncredited), "Bobby Brown", "Baby Snakes", "Keep It Greasy" (uncredited), "Sharleena" (uncredited), "Uncle Remus" (uncredited), "He's So Gay" (uncredited), "Joe's Garage" (uncredited))  Less
  • Primary photo for Miami ViceMiami Vice (TV Series) Mario Fuente (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1986 1
    • Payback (Mar 14, 1986) Mario Fuente  Less
  • Primary photo for Faerie Tale TheatreFaerie Tale Theatre (TV Series) Attilla (1 episode, 1984)  Less 1984 1
  • Primary photo for Frank Zappa: New York and ElsewhereFrank Zappa: New York and Elsewhere (TV Movie) Himself, Performer ("You Are What You Is", "Mudd Club", "Chunga's Revenge", "Beauty Knows No Pain", "Bobby Brown", "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted", "Joe's Garage", "Baby Snakes", "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?") (uncredited)  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Saturday Night LiveSaturday Night Live (TV Series) Himself - Host / Musical Guest / Himself - Musical Guest (2 episodes, 1976–1978), Writer ("I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia") (1 episode, 1976), Writer ("Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo") (1 episode, 1978), Performer ("Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo") (1 episode, 1978), Performer ("I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia") (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976–1978 2
    • Frank Zappa (Oct 21, 1978) Himself - Host / Musical Guest, Performer ("Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo") (uncredited), Writer ("Dancing Fool", "The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing", "Rollo") (uncredited)  Less
    • Candice Bergen/Frank Zappa (Dec 11, 1976) Himself - Musical Guest, Performer ("I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia"), Writer ("I'm the Slime", "Purple Lagoon", "Peaches En Regalia")  Less
  • Primary photo for Ohne MaulkorbOhne Maulkorb (TV Series) Performer ("I'm the Slime", "Mystery Roach", "Bobby Brown") (1 episode, 1978), Himself (1 episode, 1978)  Less 1978 1
    • Cadillac Extravaganza (Mar 30, 1978) Himself, Performer ("I'm the Slime", "Mystery Roach", "Bobby Brown") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Mike Douglas ShowThe Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) Writer ("Black Napkins") (1 episode, 1976), Himself (1 episode, 1976), Performer ("Black Napkins") (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976 1
    • Episode dated 11 November 1976 (Nov 11, 1976) Himself, Performer ("Black Napkins") (uncredited), Writer ("Black Napkins") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for Pop storyPop story (TV Series) Writer ("The Little House I Used to Live In") (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971 1
    • Episode #1.3 (Nov 18, 1971) Writer ("The Little House I Used to Live In")  Less
  • Primary photo for The MonkeesThe Monkees (TV Series) Mike Nesmith (1 episode, 1968), Writer ("Mother People") (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968 1
    • Monkees Blow Their Minds (Mar 11, 1968) Mike Nesmith (uncredited), Writer ("Mother People") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for HoeplaHoepla (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967), Writer ("The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet") (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967 1
    • Vreemd, vaag, verdacht (Oct 9, 1967) Himself (as the Mothers of invention), Writer ("The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet") (uncredited)  Less
  • Primary photo for The Steve Allen PlayhouseThe Steve Allen Playhouse (TV Series) Guest (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963 1
  • Primary photo for The New Steve Allen ShowThe New Steve Allen Show (TV Series) Writer ("Concerto For Two Bicycles") (1 episode, 1963), Himself - Musical Bicyclist (1 episode, 1963), Performer ("Concerto For Two Bicycles") (1 episode, 1963)  Less 1963 1
    • Episode dated 27 March 1963 (Mar 27, 1963) Himself - Musical Bicyclist, Performer ("Concerto For Two Bicycles") (uncredited), Writer ("Concerto For Two Bicycles") (uncredited)  Less
Self (36 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS
  • Primary photo for Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank ZappaEin Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for The Howard Stern InterviewThe Howard Stern Interview (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1993)  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for The Revenge of the Dead IndiansThe Revenge of the Dead Indians Himself  Less 1993
  • Primary photo for Prazakum tem je hejPrazakum tem je hej Himself  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for Tom Arnold: The Naked TruthTom Arnold: The Naked Truth (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1991
  • Primary photo for TodayToday (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for FocusFocus (TV Series) Himself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1990)  Less 1990
  • Primary photo for Circus of the Stars #14Circus of the Stars #14 (TV Special) Himself (uncredited)  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for The Arsenio Hall ShowThe Arsenio Hall Show (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1989)  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for DecadeDecade (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1989
  • Primary photo for KippevelKippevel (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for Bains de minuitBains de minuit (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1988)  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for FunnyFunny Himself  Less 1988
  • Primary photo for The Howard Stern ShowThe Howard Stern Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1987)  Less 1987
  • Primary photo for CrossfireCrossfire (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1986)  Less 1986
  • Primary photo for LivewireLivewire (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1984)  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Àngel Casas ShowÀngel Casas Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1984)  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Thicke of the NightThicke of the Night (TV Series) Himself - Musical Guest (1 episode, 1984)  Less 1984
  • Primary photo for Cocaine BluesCocaine Blues Himself  Less 1983
  • Primary photo for The Rolling Stones - Die ersten 20 JahreThe Rolling Stones - Die ersten 20 Jahre (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1982
  • Primary photo for Dance FeverDance Fever (TV Series) Himself - Judge (1 episode, 1980)  Less 1980
  • Primary photo for Dinah!Dinah! (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1979)  Less 1979
  • Primary photo for All You Need Is LoveAll You Need Is Love (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1977)  Less 1977
  • Primary photo for VernissageVernissage (TV Series) Himself - Musician (1 episode, 1976)  Less 1976
  • Primary photo for The Norman Gunston ShowThe Norman Gunston Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1975)  Less 1975
  • Primary photo for IltatähtiIltatähti (TV Series) Himself (2 episodes, 1973–1974)  Less 1973–1974
  • Primary photo for John & Yoko in Syracuse, New YorkJohn & Yoko in Syracuse, New York (TV Short) Himself  Less 1972
  • Primary photo for The David Frost ShowThe David Frost Show (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for A Day with Frank ZappaA Day with Frank Zappa (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Anatomy of PopAnatomy of Pop (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1971)  Less 1971
  • Primary photo for Lieder-lichesLieder-liches (TV Series) Himself - Musician / Narrator (1 episode, 1970)  Less 1970
  • Primary photo for Late Night LineupLate Night Lineup (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for OmnibusOmnibus (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1968)  Less 1968
  • Primary photo for Good Evening!Good Evening! (TV Series) Himself (1 episode, 1967)  Less 1967
  • Primary photo for Inside Pop: The Rock RevolutionInside Pop: The Rock Revolution (TV Movie) Himself  Less 1967
Archive Footage (15 titles)YEARBUDGETU.S. GROSS

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