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Also Known As: M J Frankovich, Mike J Frankovich, Mitchell John Frankovich, M. J. Frankovich Died: January 1, 1992
Born: September 29, 1910 Cause of Death: pneumonia; had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: Bisbee, Arizona, USA Profession: producer, executive, radio producer, radio commentator, screenwriter

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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).

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).

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rendezvous with Annie (1946) Crew chief
2.
 Tight Shoes (1941) Carter
3.
 West Point Widow (1941) Announcer at football game
4.
 Buck Privates (1941) Announcer
5.
 Meet John Doe (1941)
6.
 The Great American Broadcast (1941) Announcer
7.
 So You Won't Talk (1940) Stage manager
8.
 Yesterday's Heroes (1940) Announcer
9.
 Hullabaloo (1940) Golf broadcaster
10.
 West Point of the Air (1935) Football player
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Milestones close milestones

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Served as technical advisor on sports films
1934:
Worked as a producer and radio commentator
1938:
Became a screenwriter for Universal Pictures
1941:
Acted in feature, "Buck Privates" and played an announcer in "Meet John Doe"
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Served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in the Far East and Europe during World War II
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Wrote screenplays for Republic Pictures
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Worked as a film editor, an assistant director and production manager before becoming a producer
1947:
Was associate producer on such serials as "G-Men Never Forget" and "The Black Widow"
1951:
Became an independent producer with Columbia; produced first feature, "Fugitive Lady"
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Became managing director, Columbia Pictures, Corp. Ltd. (In UK and Eire)
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Appointed vice president, Columbia Pictures International Productions, which he headed from 1958
1958:
Placed in charge of international production at Columbia Pictures
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Named chairman, British branch of Columbia Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corp Ltd
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Returned to Hollywood; appointed vice president in charge of worldwide production at Columbia Pictures
1967:
Appointed director of BLC films; chairman of Screen Gems Ltd.
1967:
Resigned from Screen Gems Ltd. To become independent producer
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Formed Frankovich-Self Productions with former 20th Century-Fox chief William Self
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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
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

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

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

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

Served as Trustee of the UCLA Foundation.

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

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wife:
Binnie Barnes. Actor. 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.

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father:
Joe E Brown. Actor, comedian. Adoptive parent; born on July 28, 1892; died in 1973.
brother:
Lee Frankovich.
sister:
Claire Frankovich.
son:
Peter Frankovich. Producer. Formerly executive vice president, motion pictures and TV for ITC Productions.
son:
Mike J Frankovich Jr. Film executive.
daughter:
Michele De Motte.
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