Frank Capra

Italian-born American film director (1897–1991)

Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was a Sicilian-American movie director, movie producer and screenwriter.[1] He won three Oscars from his six nominations as Best Director. His best known movies are It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

Frank Capra
Francesco Rosario Capra

(1897-05-18)May 18, 1897
DiedSeptember 3, 1991(1991-09-03) (aged 94)
Cause of deathHeart failure
Resting placeCoachella Valley Public Cemetery
Other namesFrank Russell Capra
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
  • Movie director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1922–1964
TitlePresident of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1935-1939
Helen Howell
(m. 1923; div. 1928)

Lucille Warner
(m. 1932; died 1984)
Children4, including Frank Capra Jr.


  1. Capra, Frank (2004). Frank Capra: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781578066179.

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