How Did Gray Frederickson Die: The Oklahoman and Francis Ford Coppola confidant supervised all films in the famed trilogy plus ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘One From the Heart’ and ‘The Outsiders.
Gray Frederickson, an Oscar-winning producer, who collaborated with Francis Ford Coppola to create the Godfather trilogies, Apocalypse Now, and One From The Heart, in a partnership that spanned over four decades. He was 85.
Frederickson, who had been fighting prostate cancer, died at home in Oklahoma City on Sunday, according to his wife Karen.
Frederickson shared the best picture Oscar in 1975 with writer-director-producer Coppola and producer Fred Roos for The Godfather Part II — the first of just two sequels to take the big prize — and the trio (and Tom Sternberg) were nominated again for Apocalypse Now (1979).
“I was lucky to be on a winning horse. Francis Coppola is a great guy and I was there with him. Frederickson said that he was fortunate enough to be taken along with him in a 2021 interview. He said he was lucky with me, but I got lucky with him. Maybe that’s a good thing.
Frederickson also produced four Coppola-directed films: the musical One From the Heart (1981), the Oklahoma set The Outsiders (1983), The Godfather Part III (90), and Distant Vision (2016). He also worked on Eleanor Coppola’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991), and Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides(99).
He also produced “Weird Al” Yankovic’s UHF (1989), in Tulsa. The Sidney J. Furie-directed Ladybugs (92), starring Rodney Dangerfield. South of Heaven West of Hell was (2000) starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Gray Frederickson was an Oscar-winning producer who worked with Francis Ford Coppola in creating the Godfather Trilogies, Apocalypse Now and One From The Heart. This partnership spanned more than four decades.
Frederickson was a man who had been fighting prostate carcinoma. He died in Oklahoma City on Sunday according to his wife Karen.
Frederickson was born in Oklahoma City on July 21, 1937. Frederickson was a teenage usher at his hometown’s Lakeside Theatre. He attended the University of Lausanne and Casady School.
Frederickson was an Italian producer for Nakita (1963), and a producer manager for Sergio Leone’s the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (66) He was an associate producer of Little Fauss (1970) and Big Halsy (1970), as well as the Peter Bart-penned Creating It (191971) and Al Ruddy’s next project, The Godfather (1972).
Frederickson returned to Oklahoma in order to continue working with Coppola on The Outsiders. The book was written in 1967 by S.E. Hinton introduced Frederickson when Hinton was inducted into Oklahoma Hall of Fame, November 2019.
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Gray Frederickson returned to Oklahoma in 1999 and, one year later joined Oklahoma City Community College’s production program. Tyler Frederickson said that his father was loved every person he met over the years. At OCCC, he taught children how to make movies and inspired feature filmmakers.
Rachel Cannon was cofounder and coCEO at Prairie Surf Media Studios, Oklahoma City. Frederickson was, in her words, “the Godfather Oklahoma Film” — no pun intended. His place is named after her.
Frederickson is survived by his wife Kelsey, a Production Coordinator at Media Res, Los Angeles, and his son, Prairie Surf.