Joe Frank

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Birthday
19, 1938
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 15, 2018 (79)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
19, 1938
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 15, 2018 (79)

About

Experimental radio performer whose body of work has made him one of the most acclaimed radio personalities of his time. His dark and often absurd monologues have earned him many of the industry's greatest honors, including the Peabody Award and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Radio Art.

Before Fame

He studied at Hofsta University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop before teaching English literature at Manhattan's The Dalton School.

Trivia

One of his famous monologues, 1982's "Lies," served as the inspiration for the Martin Scorsese-directed black comedy After Hours.

Family Life

He has been married. His parents, Meier and Friederike, were Jewish.

Associated With

Ira Glass, host of the popular radio show This American Life, worked under Frank and has cited him as a major inspiration.