Mike Frankovich

Executive, Producer, Screenwriter
Began his career as a radio producer and commentator and entered films in 1938 as a screenwriter. In the early 1950s, Frankovich became an independent producer based in Europe. He joined Columbia Pictures' international ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1910 in Bisbee, Arizona, USA

Filmography

other (21)

From Noon Till Three 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

State Fair 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Shootist 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Report to the Commissioner 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

40 Carats 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Butterflies Are Free 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

$ 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doctors' Wives 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Love Machine 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

There's a Girl in My Soup 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Cactus Flower 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Marooned 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Looking Glass War 1969 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Footsteps in the Fog 1955 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fire Over Africa 1954 (Movie)

(Producer)

Decameron Nights 1952 (Movie)

(Producer)

Buck Privates 1941 (Movie)

Announcer (Actor)

Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Began his career as a radio producer and commentator and entered films in 1938 as a screenwriter. In the early 1950s, Frankovich became an independent producer based in Europe. He joined Columbia Pictures' international division in England in 1955 and was involved in the David Lean-Sam Spiegel epics "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (1957) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) as well as "Dr. Strangelove" (1964).

After returning to the US as Columbia's vice president in charge of production in 1964, Frankovich was responsible for such films as "Cat Ballou" (1965), "A Man For All Seasons" (1966), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "In Cold Blood" (both 1967) and "Oliver!" (1968). In 1968 he resigned to produce his own films, often comedies and frequently starring Goldie Hawn; one notable exception was John Wayne's swan song, "The Shootist" (1976).

Relationships

Michele De Motte

Daughter

Mike J Frankovich Jr

Son

Lee Frankovich

Brother

Claire Frankovich

Sister

Binnie Barnes

Wife
born on March 25, 1905 second wife married in 1940 appeared in films like "Decameron Nights" (1953) produced by Frankovich died on July 27, 1998

Joe Brown

Father
adoptive parent born on July 28, 1892 died in 1973

Peter Frankovich

Son
formerly executive vice president, motion pictures and TV for ITC Productions

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
as All-American quarterback of the UCLA football team in 1932 was part of a 93-yard touchdown pass play that stands as UCLA's record

Milestones

1967

Resigned from Screen Gems Ltd. To become independent producer

1967

Appointed director of BLC films; chairman of Screen Gems Ltd.

1958

Placed in charge of international production at Columbia Pictures

1951

Became an independent producer with Columbia; produced first feature, "Fugitive Lady"

1947

Was associate producer on such serials as "G-Men Never Forget" and "The Black Widow"

1940

Acted in feature, "Buck Privates" and played an announcer in "Meet John Doe"

1938

Became a screenwriter for Universal Pictures

1934

Worked as a producer and radio commentator

Returned to Hollywood; appointed vice president in charge of worldwide production at Columbia Pictures

Appointed vice president, Columbia Pictures International Productions, which he headed from 1958

As president of Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, he helped bring the Olympic Games and the Raiders football team to Los Angeles in the early 1980s

Named chairman, British branch of Columbia Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corp Ltd

Wrote screenplays for Republic Pictures

Worked as a film editor, an assistant director and production manager before becoming a producer

Served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in the Far East and Europe during World War II

Formed Frankovich-Self Productions with former 20th Century-Fox chief William Self

Served as technical advisor on sports films

Became managing director, Columbia Pictures, Corp. Ltd. (In UK and Eire)

Bonus Trivia

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Member of the Variety Club (chief barker Tent 36) (1957)

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Founding member and executive committee board member of the American Film Institute.

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He was named president of Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas in 1977.

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Served as Trustee of the UCLA Foundation.

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He served as Trustee of the St. John's Hospital Health Center in Los Angeles.

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