Frank Capra

Frank Capra


5/18/1897, Bisacquino, Sicily, Italy



Birth Name

Frank Rosario Capra



Also Known As

Col. Frank Capra, Frank R. Capra
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Frank Capra (born May 18, 1897) was one of the most popular American film directors of the classic film era, known for "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." He won six Academy Awards during his career, and received 13 nominations, as well as winning…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Frank was married twice, to Helen Howell (November 1923 - April 1927) and Lucille Reyburn (1932-1984).

    • Frank won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Director in 1947 for It's A Wonderful Life (1946).

    • Frank was given the Life Achievement award by the American Film Institute in 1982.

    • Frank was given a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, at 6614 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Frank won the Best Director Oscar three times, for It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936), and You Can't Take It With You (1938). He was also nominated for the same award three other times, for Lady For A Day (1933), Lost Horizon (1937), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939), and It's A Wonderful Life (1946).

    • Frank published his own autobiography, The Name Above the Title, in 1971.

  • Quotes

    • Frank Capra: In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.

    • Frank Capra: Do not help the quick moneymakers who have delusions about taking possession of classics by smearing them with paint.

    • Frank Capra: A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

    • Frank Capra: Jimmy Stewart's appeal lay in being so unusually usual.

    • Frank Capra: There are no rules in film-making. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.

    • Frank Capra: I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

    • Frank Capra: Compassion is a two-way street.

    • Frank joined the U.S. Army in October 18, 1918, but contracted Spanish influenza while stationed at the Presidio and was medically discharged on December 13, 1920.