Frank Capra

1897 - 1991

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Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-born 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 Academy Awards for Best Director from six nominations, along with three other Oscar wins from nine nominations in other categories. Among his leading films were It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frank Capra has received more than 2,195,388 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Frank Capra is the 66th most popular film director (up from 67th in 2019), the 562nd most popular biography from Italy (up from 598th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Italian Film Director.

Frank Capra is most famous for being a film director, producer, and writer. He is best known for directing the films "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

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Among film directors, Frank Capra ranks 66 out of 1,580Before him are Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica, Elia Kazan, Paul Verhoeven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Abbas Kiarostami. After him are Robert Zemeckis, Alain Resnais, F. W. Murnau, Luc Besson, Terrence Malick, and George A. Romero.

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Among people born in 1897, Frank Capra ranks 18Before him are Subhas Chandra Bose, Norbert Elias, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, Georges Bataille, Gordon Allport, and Enid Blyton. After him are Louis Aragon, Kurt Schuschnigg, Pola Negri, Ferenc Szálasi, Thích Quảng Đức, and Yun Posun. Among people deceased in 1991, Frank Capra ranks 17Before him are Jiang Qing, Graham Greene, Edwin McMillan, Gustáv Husák, Carl David Anderson, and Soichiro Honda. After him are John Bardeen, Michael Landon, Lazar Kaganovich, Margot Fonteyn, Martha Graham, and David Lean.

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Among people born in Italy, Frank Capra ranks 562 out of 4,088Before him are Hippasus (-600), Denis (210), Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Luca Signorelli (1450), Pope Miltiades (250), and Conrad of Montferrat (1146). After him are Statius (40), Piero di Cosimo de' Medici (1416), Alexander Farnese, Duke of Parma (1545), Charles Ponzi (1882), Gregorio Allegri (1582), and Pope Anastasius III (890).


Among film directors born in Italy, Frank Capra ranks 11Before him are Bernardo Bertolucci (1941), Michelangelo Antonioni (1912), Roberto Rossellini (1906), Vittorio De Sica (1901), Tinto Brass (1933), and Franco Zeffirelli (1923). After him are Dario Argento (1940), Giuseppe Tornatore (1956), Ettore Scola (1931), Sergio Corbucci (1926), Marco Ferreri (1928), and Francesco Rosi (1922).