Half II’ Producer Was 85

Grey Frederickson, the Oscar-winning producer who labored alongside Francis Ford Coppola on the Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now and One From the Coronary heart in a collaboration that spanned greater than 4 many years, has died. He was 85.

Frederickson died Sunday at his house in Oklahoma Metropolis after a battle with prostate most cancers, his spouse, Karen, informed The truestarz.

Frederickson shared one of the best image Oscar in 1975 with writer-director-producer Coppola and producer Fred Roos for The Godfather Half II — the primary of simply two sequels to take the massive prize — and the trio (and Tom Sternberg) have been nominated once more for Apocalypse Now (1979).

“I obtained on a successful horse. I used to be with Francis Coppola, who’s no slouch. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be carried together with him,” Frederickson informed The Oklahoman in a 2021 interview. “I obtained fortunate with him, however he says he obtained fortunate with me. So, perhaps that’s good.” 

Frederickson additionally produced 4 different Coppola-directed options: the musical One From the Coronary heart (1981), the Oklahoma-set The Outsiders (1983), The Godfather Half III (1990) and Distant Imaginative and prescient (2016), and he labored on Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991) and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides (1999) as properly.

His producing credit additionally included “Bizarre Al” Yankovic’s UHF (1989), which filmed in Tulsa; the Sidney J. Furie-directed Ladybugs (1992), starring Rodney Dangerfield; and South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000), starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Born in Oklahoma Metropolis on July 21, 1937, Frederickson labored as a teenage usher on the Lakeside Theater in his hometown and attended Casady College, the College of Oklahoma and the College of Lausanne.

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In Italy, he was a producer on Nakita (1963) and a manufacturing supervisor on Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Dangerous and the Ugly (1966), then served as an affiliate producer on Little Fauss and Huge Halsy (1970) and the Peter Bart-penned Making It (1971), each produced by Al Ruddy. The 2 would produce The Godfather (1972) subsequent.

Frederickson got here again to Oklahoma with Coppola to make The Outsiders, primarily based on a 1967 guide by Tulsa-born writer S.E. Hinton. (The filmmaker launched Frederickson upon his induction into the Oklahoma Corridor of Fame in November 2019.)

He and Ruddy acquired story credit score on the 1994 Western Dangerous Women, and he acquired an area Emmy for producing the 2007 telefilm Dream No Little Dream: The Life and Legacy of Robert S. Kerr.

Frederickson returned to the Sooner State in 1999 and a yr later joined Oklahoma Metropolis Group Faculty to launch its movie manufacturing program. “He was beloved by everybody who he has touched all through the years by educating children the best way to make motion pictures in his manufacturing enterprise class at OCCC and provoking characteristic filmmakers,” his son, Tyler, stated.

Rachel Cannon, co-founder and co-CEO of Prairie Surf Media studios in Oklahoma Metropolis, known as Frederickson “the godfather of Oklahoma movie — absolute pun supposed.” A stage at her place is called in his honor.

Along with his spouse and son, who works at Prairie Surf, Frederickson is survived by his daughter, Kelsey, a manufacturing coordinator at Media Res in Los Angeles.



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