E. Max Frye

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E. Max Frye
Born Eric Max Frye
1956 (age 60–61)
Oregon, United States
Occupation Film director, screenwriter

Eric Max Frye (born 1956) is an American screenwriter and film director[1] from Oregon. In 2015, he received an Academy Award nomination for co-writing, with Dan Futterman, the original screenplay for Foxcatcher.

Early life and education[edit]

Frye was born in Oregon and raised in Eugene. His parents were Helen (Jackson) Frye, a federal judge, and William Frye.[2] He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland for one year before moving to Europe. He lived in Paris and worked as a male model in Austria.[2] After returning to the United States, Frye settled in New York City where he attended New York University Film School.[2]


Frye wrote the screenplay for Something Wild (1986),[2] and many other Hollywood and independent movies.[3] Frye directed and wrote the comedy film Amos & Andrew (1993).[2]

He was a co-screenwriter for Foxcatcher (2014), a film about John Eleuthere du Pont and his 1996 murder of World and Olympic champion wrestler, Dave Schultz.

He was one of the writers for the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001).[4]


As Screenwriter

Honors and awards[edit]

Award Category Work Result
Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay Foxcatcher Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Edgar Awards Best Motion Picture Screenplay Something Wild Won


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