Francis Ford Coppola

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
One of America's most erratic, energetic and controversial filmmakers, Francis Ford Coppola enjoyed stunning triumphs and endured monumental setbacks before resurrecting himself, Phoenix-like, to begin the process all ... Read more »
Born: 04/06/1939 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Producer (76)

Indigo 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Bling Ring 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

On the Road 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Somewhere 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tetro 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Jeepers Creepers 2 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lost In Translation 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Platinum 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Legend of Suriyothai 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

CQ 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

No Such Thing 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Pumpkin 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

First Wave 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jeepers Creepers 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Saragossa Manuscript 1999 (Movie)

Presents((1999 re-release)) (Producer)

The Third Miracle 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gunfighter 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gunfighter 1998 (Movie)

presenter (Producer)

Outrage 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Florentine 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dark Angel 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Lani-Loa: The Passage 1997 (Movie)

(Presents) (Producer)

Jack 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Conversation 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Don Juan Demarco 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

I am Cuba 1995 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

My Family, Mi Familia 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Family, Mi Familia 1995 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

One Night Stand 1995 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Secret Garden 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Wind 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Powaqqatsi 1988 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Barfly 1987 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lionheart 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tough Guys Don't Dance 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Black Stallion Returns 1983 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(2003 Restoration) (Producer)

The Escape Artist 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

THX 1138 1971 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Battle Beyond the Sun 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tonight For Sure 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Another Day (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Goosed (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Kidnapped (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Moby Dick (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Survival on the Mountain (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Outsiders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The People (TV Show)

Executive Producer

White Dwarf (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (30)

The Director's Chair 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Interviewer

Milius 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Seduced and Abandoned 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Godfather Legacy 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Don't Surf! 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

CODA: Thirty Years After 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

A Decade Under the Influence 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Home For the Holidays 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2001 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Heart of Darkness 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey Rourke: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Marlon Brando, Wild One 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Heroes, Myths and Magic 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

John Barry's Moviola 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Mavericks 1990 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Actor
Director (27)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Tetro 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Jack 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

("Life Without Zoe") (Director)

Tucker: the Man and His Dream 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Captain Eo 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Peggy Sue Got Married 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Finian's Rainbow 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

You're a Big Boy Now 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Battle Beyond the Sun 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Dementia 13 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

Tonight For Sure 1962 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (26)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Twixt 2010 (Movie)

(Story By)

Tetro 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Godfather, Part III 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rumble Fish 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Conversation 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Gatsby 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Patton 1969 (Movie)

Screen Story (Story By)

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

("Echoes") (From Story)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

You're a Big Boy Now 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Battle Beyond the Sun 1963 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation(English version) (Screenplay)

Dementia 13 1963 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tonight For Sure 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (2)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991 (Movie)

music from film("Apocalypse Now") (Music)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

(Music)
Sound (1)

The Young Racers 1962 (Movie)

(Sound)
Production Management (1)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (4)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

film extract("The Godfather Part II" (1974)) (Other)

The Terror 1962 (Movie)

uncredited directorial assistance (Other)

Tower of London 1962 (Movie)

(Dialogue Director)

War Hunt 1961 (Movie)

picture vehicle driver (Driver)

Biography

One of America's most erratic, energetic and controversial filmmakers, Francis Ford Coppola enjoyed stunning triumphs and endured monumental setbacks before resurrecting himself, Phoenix-like, to begin the process all over again. Known primarily for his successful "Godfather" trilogy - "The Godfather" (1972), "The Godfather, Part II" (1974) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1990) - Coppola was the most celebrated of the Young Turks - a group of filmmakers who emerged in the early 1970s that included George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma and William Friedkin. Unbridled by his ambition and enthusiasm, and perhaps obsessive to the point of being manic, Coppola infused a fervent creative energy into his early work, culminating in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), a journey into his own heart of darkness that irrevocably altered his career and may have even caused permanent psychological damage. Renowned for his generosity with other filmmakers, Coppola served as a fierce promoter of others' films, championing the work of Wim Wenders, Paul Schrader and Akira Kurosawa, while playing an important part in the restoration of Abel Gance's classic silent film, "Napoleon" (1927). The quality of his directing fell off throughout the 1980s and 1990s, however, and the big studios - remembering his colossal box-office failures - became leery of backing his more personal projects, preferring instead to employ him as a hired gun on the likes of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and "The Rainmaker" (1997), which helped the director pay off his enormous debts. Nonetheless, Coppola - having been responsible for directing three of the greatest films in cinema history - remained forever a legend.

Relationships

Nicolas Cage Actor

Nephew
Born Jan. 7, 1964 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang Acted in films directed by uncle,"Rumble Fish" (1983), "The Cotton Club" (1984), and "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986); won an Oscar for "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995)

Gian Coppola

Granddaughter
Born in 1986, six months after death of Gian-Carlo Coppola; mother, Jackie De La Fontaine

Sofia Coppola Actor

Daughter
Born May 14, 1971; mother, Eleanor Coppola; first screen appearance as infant in "The Godfather" (1972) Directed by father in films including "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) and "The Godfather, Part III" (1990) Collaborated on the "Life With Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"

Eleanor Coppola Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 2, 1963

August Coppola

Grandfather
Emigrated to U.S. from Naples, Italy as Enrico Caruso's piano accompanist

Carmine Coppola Actor

Father
Born July 11, 1910; played in Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra Shared an Oscar with his director son for "The Godfather, Part II" (1974); contributed to many of the musical scores for son's films including "The Godfather" (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979) Died on April 26, 1991

Antonio Coppola

Uncle
Conductor of symphony orchestras, the San Francisco Opera, and New York City Opera; was opera advisor on "The Godfather, Part III" (1990)

Archimedes Coppola

Uncle
Born in 1909 Died in 1927

Marc Coppola Actor

Nephew
Born April 29, 1958 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang Acted in uncle's films "The Cotton Club" (1984) and "Jack" (1996)

Michael Coppola

Uncle
Born in 1914

Roman Coppola Actor

Son
Born April 22, 1965; mother, Eleanor Coppola Acted in "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather: Part II" (1974) Father financed directorial debut "CQ" (2001)

Gian-Carlo Coppola Actor

Son
Born Sept. 17, 1963; mother, Eleanor Coppola Directed by father in films including "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and Rumble Fish" (1983) Killed on May 26, 1986 in a speedboat accident

August Coppola Actor

Brother
Born Feb. 16, 1934; dean of the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University; involved with "Audio Vision," which provides a taped soundtrack of a narrator describing visual information for blind filmgoers; father of Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola and Christopher Coppola Died Oct. 27, 2009 of a heart attack

Italia Coppola Actor

Mother
Directed by son in "One from the Heart" (1982)

Christopher Coppola Actor

Nephew
Born Jan. 25, 1962 to August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang

Romy Mars

Granddaughter
Born Nov. 28, 2006 to Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars in Paris, France

Melissa Mathison Actor

Companion
Mathison worked at one time for Coppola as his children's babysitter before becoming his personal assistant; had relationship around the time of the making of "Apocalypse Now" (1979); Mathison later married actor Harrison Ford

Clifford Neil

Father-In-Law
Born in 1891 Died in 1945

William Neil Actor

Brother-In-Law

Jason Schwartzman Actor

Nephew
Born June 26, 1980; son of Talia Shire and late producer Jack Schwartzman; star of the comedy hit "Rushmore" (1998)

Robert Schwartzman Actor

Nephew

John Schwartzman Actor

Nephew

Stephanie Schwartzman Actor

Niece

Talia Shire Actor

Sister
Born April 25, 1945; played Connie Corleone in "The Godfather" films; formerly married to composer David Shire who scored "The Conversation" (1974); subsequently wed to the late producer Jack Schwartzman with whom she had two sons, actors Jason and Robert Schwartzman

Matthew Shire Actor

Nephew

EDUCATION

Hofstra College

Hempstead , New York 1960
Now Hofstra University; attended on scholarship; wrote, directed and produced student play, "Inertia"; classmates included Lainie Kazan

Great Neck High School

Great Neck , New York

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1967
Attended the School of Film; noted 1930s Hollywood director Dorothy Arzner, who was his instructor, said he was her "most promising" student, if "rather eccentric"

Milestones

2012

Executive produced feature adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," directed by Walter Salles

2011

Wrote, directed, and produced thriller "Twixt"

2009

Wrote and directed "Tetro," starring Vincent Gallo

2007

Returned to directing after a ten year hiatus with "Youth Without Youth," a low-budget, self-financed project adapted from the novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade

2003

Executive produced "Lost in Translation," the award-winning film written and directed by Sofia

1999

Produced "The Virgin Suicides," the writing and directing debut of his daughter Sofia Coppola

1998

Served as one of the executive producers of the Sci-Fi Channel series "First Wave"

1998

Won lawsuit against Warner Bros. claiming the studio had stolen his idea for a live-action version of "Pinocchio"; awarded $20 million in compensatory damages by a jury; further awarded $60 million in punative damages; on appeal, however, $60 million dama

1998

Produced first feature through Chrome Dragon, Sherwood Hu's "Lanai-Loa: The Passage"

1997

Launched literary magazine Zoetrope

1997

Directed and scripted screen adaptation of "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker,'" starring Danny Glover and Danny De Vito

1996

Served as president of jury at Cannes Film Festival

1996

With Wayne Wang and Tom Luddy, formed production company Chrome Dragon

1996

Dedicated "Jack" (which he produced and directed) to granddaughter Gia Carla, daughter of his son, the late Gian-Carlo

1993

Appointed to the board of directors at MGM

1992

Produced and directed "Bram Stoker's Dracula"

1990

Returned to the Corleone saga for "The Godfather, Part III"; considered the weakest of the trilogy

1989

Co-wrote (with daughter Sofia) and directed the "Life Without Zoe" segment of "New York Stories"; received the weakest reviews of the three participating directors (also Martin Scorcese and Woody Allen)

1988

Directed "Tucker: The Man and His Dream"

1985

Made TV directing debut with "Rip Van Winkle" (Showtime)

1983

Directed two film adaptations of S.E. Hinton novels, "The Outsiders" and "Rumble Fish"

1982

American Zoetrope dealt a crippling blow by the failure of the extravagant musical film "One From the Heart"

1979

Released "Apocalypse Now" to mixed reviews but a strong box office; mortgaged everything to personally cover some $16 million of the $30 million cost

1976

Published City magazine

1975

Founded Niebaum-Coppola winery

1974

Scripted the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby"

1974

Co-wrote (with Puzo) and directed sequel "The Godfather, Part II"; won Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Director

1973

Directed revival of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at the American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco) and Gottfried von Einem's opera "The Visit of the Old Lady" for the San Francisco Opera Company

1973

Formed The Directors Company (with Peter Bogdanovich and William Friedkin), which produced only two films – Bogdanovich's "Paper Moon" (1973) and Coppola's "The Conversation" (1974)

1972

Scored huge success with "The Godfather"; won Oscar for co-writing screenplay with Mario Puzo

1970

First American Zoetrope film, George Lucas' futuristic "THX-1138"

1969

Co-wrote Academy Award-winning screenplay "Patton," directed by Franklin Schaffner

1968

Established American Zoetrope (later Zoetrope Studios) for which he executive produced John Korty's TV thriller "The People" (1972)

1966

Directed and wrote UCLA thesis feature "You're a Big Boy Now"; received theatrical release

1963

Directed and co-wrote first legitimate feature "Dementia 13"

1962

Joined Seven Arts (later Warner Brothers-Seven Arts) as scriptwriter

1962

Credited as Thomas Colchart for adapting Nebo zovyot/The Heaven's Call (1960) into "Battle Beyond the Sun"; served as assistant to director Roger Corman on "The Premature Burial" and as dialogue director on "Tower of London"

1962

Worked on various non-mainstream movies "The Playgirls and the Bellboy" (1962) and "Tonight For Sure" (1962)

1962

Won the Samuel Goldwyn Award for his UCLA screenplay "Pilma, Pilma" (never produced)

Bonus Trivia

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He was given his middle name because his father was playing flute on the "Ford Sunday Evening Hour" at the time of his birth.

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In 1974, Coppola was the first director to receive two nominations from the Directors Guild of America for their annual award. He was cited for "The Conversation" and "The Godfather, Part II." He won for the latter.

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In 1993, Coppola opened a hotel in Belize.

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"Really, the way the movie business has evolved, there are six companies that own the basketballs, and if you want to play, you have to either talk one of them into doing [your project] or accept one of their jobs. When you talk a studio into doing one of your films, immediately it's, 'But of course, you're going to do this for half your fee, or no fee.' Or, 'Of course, well, let's see, you've got to work on the script a little bit.' They totally control it, so they can have you take a year in rewriting and reworking and casting, and ultimately, you're sort of trying to hang on to doing it the way you want to do it, but they're running everything." – Coppola to the website Mr. Showbiz (www.mrshowbiz.com), August 1996

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"Art is partly being available to accidents that fall into your lap. The ideal way to work on a project is to ask a question you don't know the answer to." – Coppola to Time magazine, Aug. 28, 2006

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"I had been hitting my head against the wall for six years on a big, ambitious project, and I realized, well, even if I get this thing where I like it, who's gonna wanna make a movie that's so unusual? It's like being in love with a woman who doesn't want you. So I thought, well, I'll do what Sofia did and make a more modest film that I can just go out and do." – Coppola on making his film "Youth Without Youth" to Time magazine, Aug. 28, 2006

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"Truth is, cinema is an ever-changing, amazing, unpredictable, promiscuous, miraculous art. How can you not love that?" – Coppola to Empire magazine, December 2007

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"I was never sloppy with other people's money. Only my own. Because I figure, well, you can be." – Coppola to Esquire magazine, August 2009

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