Frank Chapman was an artist who worked on film and television projects such as the television series
Batman and the motion pictures
The Poseidon Adventure. The collection consists of scripts, photographs, and production material related to his career in the entertainment industry.
Chapman was born in Marion, North Carolina on November 18, 1909. He studied art in New York and worked as a newspaper and
magazine illustrator, before moving to California (1945), where he started work as a set painter. Chapman moved to Arabia
and worked as a painter in the oil industry (1951-56) and returned to the entertainment industry (1958), becoming known as
"Handlebars" because of his rather large mustache. He worked on numerous projects including the television series Batman, Planet of the Apes, and The Legend of Jesse James and the motion pictures Johnny Got His Gun, The Poseidon Adventure, and The Towering Inferno. Throughout his life he enjoyed sketching, painting, and creating art. Chapman died September 26, 1985.
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