Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

  • Highest Rated: 92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words (2016)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% 200 Motels (1971)
  • Birthday: Dec 21, 1940
  • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • A musician since high school, Frank Zappa left college after six months for paying jobs, and by age 23, he'd accumulated enough capital to open his own small-scale recording studio. He gained national popularity in the mid-'60s as guitarist/composer of the Mothers of Invention. To many adults, Zappa was a near-obscene provocateur, forever skirting the boundaries of taste and indulging in senseless cacophony; to those in the know, Zappa was as serious a stylist as his classical music idols, Stravinksy and Varese. He was also perhaps the most articulate and knowledgeable rock star on the scene, demonstrating his expertise in the many slyly humorous articles he wrote for mainstream magazines. In direct opposition to his "hippie freak" outward appearance, Zappa was a tireless, intimidatingly well-organized craftsman. He was known as one of the strictest and most demanding musical producers in the business, insisting that his musicians abstain from booze and dope if they wanted to work with him. Zappa's tight recording schedule allowed him a few precious moments to appear in films, though the results were not always that precious: a comic walk-on in the Monkees flick Head (1968); an acting/directing stint in the will-of-the-wisp, free-form rockumentary 200 Motels (1971); and the three-hour ego trip Baby Snakes (1979), in which producer/director Zappa allowed actor Zappa way too many scenes in which fans groveled at his feet (even Zappa finally decided that that was too much, and edited the film down to an hour and a half). After his untimely death from cancer in 1993, Frank Zappa's show business legacy was carried on by his daughter, singer Moon Unit Zappa (who, for better or worse, introduced the "Valley Girl" vernacular to an unsuspecting world) and by his son, Dweezil Zappa, an engaging young TV actor who supplied voices for the USA network cartoon series Duckman, which featured, as main-theme and background music, the experimental compositions of the late Frank Zappa.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

92% Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words Actor $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: In the 1960s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Frank Zappa: Music in Review Actor 2007
82% Derailroaded Actor 2005
No Score Yet Frank Zappa: The Dub Room Special Actor 2005
No Score Yet The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Screenwriter Actor Director 1988
No Score Yet The Amazing Mr. Bickford Director Producer 1987
No Score Yet Uncle Meat Director 1987
No Score Yet Frank Zappa - Video From Hell Actor 1987
No Score Yet Does Humor Belong in Music? Director Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Dub Room Special Director Actor 1984
No Score Yet Baby Snakes Actor Director 1979
57% 200 Motels Himself 1971
75% Head The Critic 1968
No Score Yet All My Loving Actor 1968
No Score Yet Mondo Hollywood Actor 1967

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Mario Fuente
  • 1986
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Musical Guest Performer Host
  • 1978
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Mike Nesmith
  • 1968

QUOTES FROM Frank Zappa CHARACTERS

The Critic
That song was pretty white.
Himself
Davy: So am i; What can i tell you?
Davy (as David Jones)
So am I. What can I tell you?