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Movie Mogul Frank Capra Jr. Dies

By Ruksana Hussain

Frank Capra Jr., movie and TV producer, died December 19, 2007 at a hospital in Philadelphia after a long battle with prostrate cancer. He was 73 years old and lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was president of EUE Screen Gems Studios and a member of the North Carolina Film Council. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington honored him this past January as the 2007 Citizen of the Year.

Born March 20, 1934, Frank Capra Jr. was an American movie studio executive and the son of noted film director Frank Capra (best-known for his film, It's a Wonderful Life).

Frank Capra Jr. produced various TV movies and motion pictures mostly in the 1970s and 1980s. He was known for helping make North Carolina an important center for film, television, and commercial production. In the mid-1980s, he helped found EUE Screen Gems Studios there, becoming its president in 1997 and making it the largest television and movie studio on the East Coast.

Among the projects filmed at EUE Screen Gems Studios during Mr. Capra's tenure were 28 Days, Black Knight, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and A Walk to Remember, as well as the television shows Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill. Capra, who began his film career in the 1960s, was the associate producer of three Planet of the Apes sequels.