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Frank Capra

1897 - 1991

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Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director, producer, and screenwriter 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 2,793,182 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Frank Capra is the 73rd most popular film director (down from 66th in 2019), the 605th most popular biography from Italy (down from 562nd 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 73 out of 1,581Before him are Luc Besson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Franco Zeffirelli, David Cronenberg, Chuck Jones, and F. W. Murnau. After him are John Huston, Costa-Gavras, Robert Bresson, Dziga Vertov, Ernst Lubitsch, and Dario Argento.

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Among people born in 1897, Frank Capra ranks 23Before him are Thích Quảng Đức, Louis Aragon, Gordon Allport, Enid Blyton, Ferenc Szálasi, and Kurt Schuschnigg. After him are Soong Mei-ling, Yun Posun, Tadeusz Reichstein, Otto Strasser, Kurt Daluege, and Karl-Otto Koch. Among people deceased in 1991, Frank Capra ranks 19Before him are Graham Greene, Carl David Anderson, Gustáv Husák, John Bardeen, Soichiro Honda, and Lazar Kaganovich. After him are Margot Fonteyn, David Lean, Marcel Lefebvre, Michael Landon, Martha Graham, and Rajiv Gandhi.

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Among people born in Italy, Frank Capra ranks 605 out of 4,668Before him are Roberto Baggio (1967), Baldassare Castiglione (1478), Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729), Claudia Octavia (40), Saint Eustace (10), and Olybrius (400). After him are Libius Severus (420), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720), Tancred, Prince of Galilee (1072), Alexander of Battenberg (1857), and Maria Luisa of Savoy (1688).


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), Lina Wertmüller (1928), Ettore Scola (1931), Sergio Corbucci (1926), Dino Risi (1916), and Francesco Rosi (1922).