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Francis Ford Coppola
April 7, 1939
Born in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York City suburb. He is the son of an ambitious composer and a beautiful mother, Francis had an older brother August. When he was a teenager, he became interested in the discipline that Eisenstein had and wanted to see his films at the Museum of Modern Art. He tried to follow in his footsteps and started to study theatre and direct plays. Francis later attended Hofstra University, on Long Island in New York, on scholarship and graduated with a Theater Arts Degree. While still a student, Francis sold his car to buy a 16mm movie camera, movies were his strongest passion.
1960 brought him to UCLA (University of California in Los Angeles). He worked for the king of B movies, Roger Corman. He won many awards while still in school and now has directorial credits for 20 films including the Godfather trilogy; Apocalypse Now; Bram Stoker 's Dracula and has won 5 Oscars and has been nominated 14 times.
Being a well-rounded individual, he is involved in the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery; American Zoetrope film company, and he owns small resort in the remote rainforest of Belize called the Blancaneaux Lodge and is also partners with Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, and Drew Nieporent of the acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, Rubicon.
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