Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

December 23, 2007

FRANK CAPRA JR., 73 Worked in films, like his father

Frank Capra Jr., who never wanted to go into his father's business but found in the end he could not resist its pull, died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Philadelphia.

A film and television producer, Mr. Capra was a son of the noted Hollywood director Frank Capra, whose best-known film, It's a Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. During the past two decades, the younger Mr. Capra was known for helping to make North Carolina into an important center for film, television and commercial production. In the mid-1980s, he helped to found EUE/Screen Gems there, becoming its president in 1997.

Mr. Capra, who began his film career in the 1960s, was the associate producer of three Planet of the Apes sequels and Play It Again, Sam (1972), written by Woody Allen.

He claimed he had a normal childhood, if normal entails having Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart and Barbara Stanwyck round the family dinner table every now and then.

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