Frank Cromer

was hatched in Wiesbaden, Germany. Transplanted to Ohio, Cromer made his first movie (a Romeo and Juliet parody) at age 14 for an English class and was hooked when he (a skinny, bespectacled goof) became famous at his school.

He created the first Junior Achievement film production company while in tenth grade, naming it “Titanico” because he was sure the inner city kids would sink it. They did but not before Cromer produced his next super 8mm classic “Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde and Herbie” and found out how film producers really make money.

After six years at the Ohio State University, Cromer earned his B.A. in Photography and Cinema.  Inspired by Steve Martin, he took to the comedy stage in 1979 until 1987 when he realized he didn’t really need the love of strangers.

In 1990 Cromer moved back to Ohio and completed his first novel “TAKE A BULLET” after spending two years as a private detective in Houston. In ‘96 he wrote and directed the comedy short “Dead Girls Are Easy”.  From 1997-2000 Cromer wrote comedy bits for national radio’s American Comedy Network and "The Gary Burbank Show" (later producing a documentary about it Burbank called “INSIDE THE BBC”).  He then wrote the script for the comedy feature “PIGS”.

He landed in Los Angeles in 2001 and produced and hosted 30 episodes of “WHAT’S YOUR BEEF?" a live Hollywood cable TV show. He made 2002 national news when he and friends crashed the Oscars in a 1957 stretch muscle-car limousine.

In 2006 Cromer wrote the buddy pic ”Saving the Coot” for Jonathan Winters and Robin Williams. Winters approved the script but Williams was in rehab and by the time he got out, JW’s health was too frail. On January 6, 2007 the Ohio Historical Society premiered Cromer's first feature film “TV CLOWN: the True Story of Flippo, King of Clowns” a documentary which is now in the Paley Center for Media’s NYC collection.

July 14, 2008 -- Conan O'Brien aired Cromer's first animation on NBC creating another career path. (See my reel.)  In December of the same year Cromer optioned the book "Fouled Away: the Baseball Tragedy of Hack Wilson" and wrote the screenplay “The Slugger”.

He moved to Manhattan in 2013 to give his career a fresh start in an otherwise smelly city.

"When someone in Hollywood says they've got your back, they’re talking about knife placement."  FC

 

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