F. R. Crawley

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Frank Radford Crawley
Born (1911-11-14)November 14, 1911
Ottawa, Ontario
Died May 13, 1987(1987-05-13) (aged 75)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation film producer
Awards Order of Canada

Frank Radford "Budge" Crawley, OC (November 14, 1911 – May 13, 1987) was an Academy Award winning film producer from Canada.


Crawley was known for making avant-garde films with his wife Judith Crawley. Together they owned the Crawley Films company which produced numerous short films, feature films, television commercials, animated cartoons and other productions from its formation in 1939 until its sale to Atkinson Film Arts in 1982.

Choosing to work independently rather than with the National Film Board of Canada or the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Crawley was a pioneer in the creation of an independent Canadian film sector.Archived October 28, 2004 at the Wayback Machine

Awards and recognition[edit]

The Man Who Skied Down Everest won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, becoming the first Canadian-produced film to win an Oscar in this category.[1]

The Crawleys won several Canadian Film Awards and a Special Achievement Genie for Outstanding Contributions to the Canadian Film Industry in 1986.

In 1980, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "in recognition of a unique contribution to film in Canada". Archived May 14, 2011 at the Wayback Machine

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "The Man Who Skied down Everest". The Official Academy Awards Database. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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