M. J. Frankovich

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M. J. Frankovich
Born Mitchell John Frankovich
(1909-09-29)September 29, 1909
Bisbee, Arizona, U.S.
Died January 1, 1992(1992-01-01) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)[1]
Nationality American
Other names Mike Frankovich
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Film actor/producer
Spouse(s) Binnie Barnes (1940-1992; his death; 3 adopted children)
Georgiana (or Georgianna) Feagans (1938-19??)

Mitchell John "M. J." Frankovich (September 29, 1909 – January 1, 1992), best known as Mike Frankovich, was an American football player turned film actor and producer. Frankovich was the adopted son of actor Joe E. Brown and his wife, Kathryn.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Frankovich played football for UCLA and was inducted into UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. 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 married his first wife, Georgiana (or Georgianna) Feagans, on January 15, 1938. No details are available regarding that marriage or how or when it ended.[4]

He married actress Binnie Barnes in 1940. They remained married until his death on New Years Day 1992 from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles. They adopted three children, including producer, Peter, and production manager, Mike, Jr.[5]


Among his more than 30 productions of film and for television were: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), 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).[5]


  1. ^ Mike Frankovich at Find a Grave
  2. ^ "Life, Times, Family". Orson Pratt Brown. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  3. ^ "Joe E. Brown profile". Cemeteryguide.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  4. ^ "Full text of 'The Film Daily (Jan-Mar 1938)'". Archive.org. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  5. ^ a b M. J. Frankovich on IMDb

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