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Frank Capra

Born: May 18, 1897

Death: Sep 3, 1991

Birthplace: Bisacquino

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: Italy

Frank Capra

Date of Birth : May 18, 1897
Date of Death : Sep 3, 1991
Birth Place : Bisacquino

Frank Russell Capra was an American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Italy and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, his rags-to-riches story has led film historians such as Ian Freer to consider him the "American dream personified." Capra became one of America's most influential directors during the 1930s, winning three Oscars as Best Director. Among his leading films was It Happened One Night, which became the first film to win all five top Oscars, including Best Picture. Other leading films in his prime included You Can't Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. During World War II, Capra served in the US Army Signal Corps and produced propaganda films, such as the Why We Fight series. After World War II Capra's career declined as his later films like It's a Wonderful Life were critically derided as being "simplistic" or "overly idealistic". In succeeding decades, however, his films have been favorably reassessed. Outside of directing, Capra was active in the film industry, engaging in various political and social issues.


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director
  • Soldier
  • Waiting staff
  • Chemical engineer
  • Salesman

Also known as

  • Frank R. Capra
  • Frank Russell Capra
  • Francesco Rosario Capra
  • Col. Frank Capra
  • Frank Robert Capra
  • Mr. Frank Capra


  • Sarah Nicolas
  • Salvatore Capra


  • Lou Capra
  • Helen Howell


  • Frank Capra, Jr.
  • John Capra
  • Tom Capra
  • Lulu Capra

Awards Won

  • Academy Award for Best Director
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture
  • AFI Life Achievement Award
  • DGA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures
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