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FRANK MANCUSO, JR. (Producer) most recently produced MGM’s hit science fiction thriller Species, starring Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Forest Whitaker. No stranger to keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, he had previously produced the popular horror sequels Friday the 13th, Part III and Friday the 13th, Part IV. He also served as executive producer on the features Friday the 13th, Parts V VIII and on the television anthology „Friday the 13th, The Series.“

Currently, he is on location in Chicago where he is producing United Artists‘ gritty urban drama Hoods, under the direction of Bill Duke. The film also reunites Mancuso with Laurence Fishburne, who heads an all star cast, including Andy Garcia, Tim Roth, Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson and Clarence Williams III.

His other producing credits include such diverse films as the police drama Internal Affairs, starring Richard Gere and Andy Garcia; the romantic comedy He Said, She Said, the powerful teen suicide drama Permanent Record, the live action/animated comedy Cool World, the horror film Body Parts, and the contemporary tribute to the beach movies of the sixties, Back to the Beach.

Mancuso learned the motion picture business from several different vantage points, beginning at the age of 14 when he worked as a film booker handling short subjects for Paramount Pictures in Canada. Among the other posts he held were location assistant on James Bridges‘ box office hit Urban Cowboy and associate producer on Friday the 13th, Part II.

His first project as a full producer was the feature „Off the Wall“ in 1982. He went on to produce „The Man Who Wasn’t There“ and „April Fool’s Day,“ before taking over the successful „Friday the 13th“ franchise.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Mancuso was educated at Upsala College in New Jersey. While attending college, he also worked in the corporate division of Paramount Pictures.
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