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Also Known As: Died: April 26, 1991
Born: June 11, 1910 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: composer, conductor, flautist

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A former flutist under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Coppola scored several films directed by his son Francis (including "The Godfather, Part II" 1974, "Apocalypse Now" 1979 and "Gardens of Stone" 1987), He also created a new score in 1981 for the restored version of Abel Gance's "Napoleon" (1927) presented by Francis.

A former flutist under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Coppola scored several films directed by his son Francis (including "The Godfather, Part II" 1974, "Apocalypse Now" 1979 and "Gardens of Stone" 1987), He also created a new score in 1981 for the restored version of Abel Gance's "Napoleon" (1927) presented by Francis.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 New York Stories (1989) Street Musician ("Life Without Zoe")
2.
 One From the Heart (1982) Elevator Man
3.
 Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976) Conductor
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Joined music staff of Hartford radio station WTIC before becoming first flutist of Radio City Music Hall in the 1930s
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Played flute on "Ford Sunday Evening Hour"
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Worked with the Detroit Symphony, the NBC Symphony Orchestra (hired by Toscanini as first flutist), and as music director with Merrick Productions and L.A. Civic Opera
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Played in pit orchestra of Broadway shows: "The Great Waltz" (1934), "Kismet" (1953), "La Plume de Ma Tante" (1958), "Once Upon a Mattress" (1959), "Stop the World--I Want to Get Off" (1962), "110 in the Shade" (1963)
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During the 1960s, conducted touring companies of Broadway shows
1962:
First film as composer, son Francis Ford Coppola's "Tonight for Sure"
1968:
Moved to Los Angeles in mid-1960s to assist scoring on B-films of Roger Corman and assist on son's film version of "Finian's Rainbow"
1972:
Wrote first score for TV movie, "The People" (executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola)
1975:
Wrote songs for the documentary "Mustang...The House that Joe Built"
1976:
First appearance on screen as conductor in "Harry and Walter Go to New York"
1979:
Composed first opera, "Escorial"
1981:
Composed new score for restored version of Abel Gance's "Napoleon" (1927; original Arthur Honegger score was lost; Carl Davis previously had created a new score for Kevin Brownlow restoration in the 1970s) and conducted orchestra at New York premiere in 1981 at Radio City Music Hall
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1933
Manhattan School of Music: New York , New York - 1950

Notes

He received the Arts and Letters Medal of France (1985)

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wife:
Italia Coppola. Former actor. Married April 30, 1934.

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father:
August Coppola. Pianist. Came to USA from Naples as Enrico Caruso's piano accompanist.
mother:
Maria Coppola.
brother:
Archimedes Coppola. Engineer, musician. Born in 1909; played oboe and violin; died in 1927.
brother:
Michael Coppola. Inventor. Born in 1914.
brother:
Antonio Coppola. Conductor, music teacher. Born in 1917; conductor of symphony and opera with the San Francisco Opera and New York City Opera; also conducted several Broadway shows including "My Fair Lady" and "The Boyfriend"; served as opera advisor on "The Godfather Part III" (1990).
son:
August Coppola. Writer, professor. Born in 1934; has served as dean of 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 movie goers; father of actor Marc Coppola (born 1957), director-screenwriter Christopher Coppola (born 1962) and Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage (born 1964 as Nicolas Coppola).
son:
Francis Ford Coppola. Director, screenwriter, producer, executive, vintner. Born in 1939; directed "The Godfather" trilogy, among other films; father of the late Gian-Carlo Coppola (1963-1986), director Roman Coppola (born 1965) and director Sofia Coppola (born 1971).
daughter:
Talia Shire. Actor, director. Born in 1946; co-starred in "The Godfather" films and in the "Rocky" films; married and divorced from composer David Shire (with whom she had a son); later married to and widowed by producer Jack Schwartzman, with whom she had two sons, actor-musician Jason Schwartzman and actor Robert Schwartzman.
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