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Years active 1922-1961
Known for Films celebrating the common man's triumph over insurmountable odds, the American dream personified
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Frank Capra Overview:

Legendary director, Frank Capra, was born Francesco Rosario Capra on May 18, 1897 in Bisacquino, Italy. Capra died at the age of 94 on Sep 3, 1991 in La Quinta, CA and was laid to rest in Coachella Valley Cemetery in Coachella, CA.


Frank Capra looked at the world through rose-colored glasses and believed, rightly so, that thousands of other people all over the world wanted to look at it the same way. He also believed that goodness and virtue, even in the humblest of people, could triumph over insuperable odds in the end, and his most famous films are celebrations of the common man par excellence. Of course, in real life, the world's 'nasties' don't always repent and confess, but the climaxes to Capra's greatest films (however little they might have to do with real life) are constructed with superb skill and can still bring a lump to the throat.

Capra had come to America at the age of six. Trained as a chemical engineer, he couldn't find work in that field and drifted into films almost by chance, his lively mind earning him employment as a gag writer for silent comedies, latterly with Mack Sennett. It was in the slapstick vein that he began his career as a feature film director with two comedies starring chalk-faced Harry Langdon. He began to work in a wider variety of films and became an expert in manipulating emotions to such an extent that his 1930s and early 1940s films influenced the lives and beliefs of a nation as they followed the efforts of Longfelllow Deeds, Jefferson Smith and John Doe to take on corruption and win, not without coming heart-rendingly close to failure.

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Capra's autobiography The Name Above The Title was first published in 1972.



Frank Capra was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning three for Best Director for It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and You Can't Take It with You in 1934, 1936 and 1938 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1932/33Best DirectorLady for a Day (1933)N/ANominated
1934Best DirectorIt Happened One Night (1934)N/AWon
1936Best DirectorMr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)N/AWon
1938Best DirectorYou Can't Take It with You (1938)N/AWon
1939Best DirectorMr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)N/ANominated
1946Best DirectorIt's a Wonderful Life (1946)N/ANominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Had a son, Johnny, who died in 1938, at about age 3, of complications arising from a tonsillectomy.

His father, Turiddu, died in a horrible factory accident in 1915. When the aging man was working some gears, he got caught in the gears and was nearly ripped in half.

Studied electrical engineering at CalTech, and only began working in films as a temporary summer job.

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