By Ruksana Hussain
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