M. J. Frankovich

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Mike Frankovich
Born (1909-09-29)September 29, 1909
Bisbee, Arizona
Died January 1, 1992(1992-01-01) (aged 82)
Los Angeles
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)[1]
Nationality American
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Producer

Mitchell John "M. J." Frankovich (also known as Mike Frankovich) (September 29, 1909 – January 1, 1992) was an American film actor and producer of Croat origin.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Frankovich played football for UCLA and was inducted into UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.[3] He also attended Belmont High School in Downtown Los Angeles.

He served as president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and helped to bring the Los Angeles Raiders football team and 1984 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.

A devout Catholic. Frankovich was married to actress Binnie Barnes in 1940 until his New Years Day 1992 death from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles. They adopted three children, including producer, Peter, and production manager, Mike, Jr.

As Producer[edit]

Among his more than 30 productions of film and for television were: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), several Goldie Hawn pictures ( Cactus Flower (1969), There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972) ), The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970), and John Wayne's last film, The Shootist (1976).


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