Francis Ford Coppola

Film director

1939 –


Who is Francis Ford Coppola?

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter.

In 1970, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer, with Edmund H. North, of Patton. His directorial prominence was cemented with the release in 1972 of The Godfather, a film which revolutionized movie-making in the gangster genre, earning praise from both critics and the public before winning three Academy Awards—including his second Oscar, Best Picture, and his first nomination for Best Director.

He followed with The Godfather Part II in 1974, which became the first sequel to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Highly regarded by critics, it brought him three more Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture, and made him the second director, after Billy Wilder, to be honored three times for the same film.

The Conversation, which he directed, produced and wrote, was released that same year, winning the Palme d'Or at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. He next directed 1979's Apocalypse Now. Notorious for its over-long and strenuous production, the film was nonetheless critically acclaimed for its vivid and stark depiction of the Vietnam War, winning the Palme d'Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Coppola is one of only eight filmmakers to win two Palme d'Or awards.


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Apr 7, 1939
Also known as
  • Science
  • Ichabod
  • Mom & Dad
  • Italian American
  • United States of America
  • Italy
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Hofstra University
    Theatre Arts
    (Specialized in Playwriting)
    (1955 - 1959)
  • John L. Miller Great Neck North High School
  • Master of Fine Arts, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
    ( - 1967)
  • New York Military Academy
  • American Zoetrope
Lived in
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Woodside

on July 23, 2013