Fast Facts

  • Made his feature-film directorial debut in 1994 with The Shawshank Redemption, which made less than $30 million in U.S. theaters but became a cult classic after audiences discovered it on cable and video.
  • Nominated for Directors Guild Awards for Best Director in 1994 for Shawshank and in 1999 for The Green Mile.
  • Has created film adaptations of several Stephen King works, including Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, as well as the short story "The Woman in the Room," which appeared in King's Night Shift.
  • Developed and executive produced the first season of the AMC thriller series The Walking Dead, but left the series in July 2011 due to budgetary disagreements with AMC executives.


  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee


  • Julie Richardson — Ex-fiancée