Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

composer, director, writer

Frank Zappa was born on Dec 21, 1940 in USA. Frank Zappa's big-screen debut came with The World's Greatest Sinner directed by Timothy Carey in 1962. Frank Zappa is known for Does Humor Belong in Music? directed by Frank Zappa, Frank Zappa stars as Guitar, Vocal and Ray White as Guitar, Vocal. Frank Zappa has got 3 awards and 7 nominations so far. The most recent award Frank Zappa achieved is Grammy Awards. The upcoming new movie Frank Zappa plays is Does Humor Belong in Music? which will be released on Sep 10, 1992.

Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer, innovative filmmaker, music producer, businessman, iconoclast and perceptive political and social commentator. His oeuvre continually amazes: over 60 albums of music from rock to orchestral, in addition to innumerable films, concerts and other accomplishments.Frank Vincent Zappa (b. 21 Dec 1940, Baltimore, MD) began to play drums at the age of 12, and was playing in R&B groups by high school, switching to guitar at 18. After barely graduating from high school, and then dropping out of junior college (where he met his first wife, Kay Sherman), Zappa worked at such jobs as window dresser, copywriter and door-to-door sales,an. With the money he earned from scoring Run Home, Slow (1965) (written by his high school English teacher, Don Cerveris), Zappa purchased a recording studio and, after concocting an allegedly obscene recording for an undercover policeman, spent ten days in jail. Zappa's diverse range of albums (both with the seminal and protean groups The Mothers of Invention and Zappa; as well as solo releases) are renowned not only for their bravura musicianship and satire, but for offending various groups (usually conservatives, both religious and political). The Deux cents motels (1971) soundtrack was deemed too offensive by the Royal Albert Hall, which canceled scheduled concerts in 1975; and the song "Jewish Princess" (1979) led to Jewish calls for Zappa to apologize. These, and such events as Zappa testifying before Congress in 1985 against rock music censorship, being appointed by Czech president Václav Havel as his Cultural Liaison Officer or considering running for US president, have unfortunately been Zappa's only real source of mainstream publicity.Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991, Zappa nonetheless continued working at his Hollywood Hills home, until his death on 4 December 1993. His widow, Gail, and children Dweezil Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa, Ahmet Zappa and Diva Zappa, soon released a statement to the press that simply stated: "Composer Frank Zappa left for his final tour just before 6pm Saturday."

  • Birthday

    Dec 21, 1940
  • Place of Birth

    Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Known For


3 wins & 7 nominations

Grammy Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Grammy
Best Recording Package - Boxed
Winner - Grammy
Best Rock Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist)
Winner - Grammy
Best Instrumental Composition
Winner - Grammy

Movies & TV Shows