Francis Ford Coppola

Director + Producer + Screenwriter
Born Apr 7, 1939

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He is widely acclaimed as one of Hollywood's most innovative and influential film directors. He epitomized the group of filmmakers known as the New Hollywood, that includes George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman, Woody Allen, William Friedkin, Peter Bogdanovich, and Brian De Palma who emerged in the early 1970s with unconventional ideas that challenged contemporary film-making.… Read More

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1939 Birth Born in 1939.
1948 9 Years Old The winery displays several of Coppola's Oscars along with memorabilia from his movies, including Vito Corleone's desk from The Godfather and a restored 1948 Tucker Sedan as used in Tucker: The Man and His Dream. … Read More


1955 16 Years Old …  He entered Hofstra College in 1955 with a major in theater arts. … Read More


1962 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Coppola enrolled in UCLA Film School for graduate work in film. There he directed a short horror film called The Two Christophers inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "William Wilson", and Ayamonn the Terrible, a film about a sculptor's nightmares coming to life, before directing the experimental softcore comedy Tonight for Sure in 1962. … Read More
1965 26 Years Old In 1965, Coppola won the annual Samuel Goldwyn Award for the best screenplay (Pilma, Pilma) written by a UCLA student. … Read More
1967 28 Years Old This movie brought him some critical acclaim and eventually his Master of Fine Arts Degree from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 1967. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old 1 More Event
The film introduced to him George Lucas, who became his lifelong friend as well as production assistant in his next film The Rain People in 1969. … Read More
1970 - 1974 2 More Events
1975 36 Years Old Sagan had died a week earlier and Coppola claimed that Sagan's novel Contact was based on a story the pair had developed for a television special back in 1975, titled First Contact. … Read More
1977 38 Years Old …  Since Coppola, two other directors have done the same: Herbert Ross in 1977 with The Goodbye Girl and The Turning Point, and Steven Soderbergh in 2000 with Erin Brockovich and Traffic. … Read More


1979 - 1982 2 More Events
1983 44 Years Old In 1983, he directed The Outsiders, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. … Read More
1984 45 Years Old In 1984 Coppola directed the Robert Evans-produced The Cotton Club. … Read More
1986 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986, along with producer George Lucas, he was able to indulge himself by making Captain EO, a 17-minute space fantasy for Disney theme parks starring singer Michael Jackson.


1989 50 Years Old In 1989 Coppola teamed up with fellow Oscar-winning directors Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen for an anthology film called New York Stories. … Read More
1990 51 Years Old In 1990, he released the third and final chapter of The Godfather series: The Godfather Part III. … Read More
1991 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In the late 1980s, Coppola started considering concepts for a motion picture based upon the 19th century novel The Adventures of Pinocchio and in 1991, Coppola and Warner Bros. began discussing the project as well as two others involving the life of J. … Read More
1996 57 Years Old 1 More Event
During the filming of Contact on December 28, 1996, Coppola filed a lawsuit against Carl Sagan and Warner Bros.
1998 59 Years Old Even though Sagan was shown to have violated some of the terms of the agreement, the case was dismissed in February 1998 because Coppola had waited too long to file suit.


2007 68 Years Old After a 10-year hiatus, Coppola returned to film direction with Youth Without Youth in 2007, based on the novella of the same name by Romanian author Mircea Eliade. … Read More
2009 70 Years Old In 2009, Coppola released Tetro. … Read More
2011 72 Years Old …  On 11 April 2011, Coppola acquired the iconic Inglenook trademark paying more, he said, for the trademark than he did for the entire estate and announced that the estate would once again be known by its historic original name, Inglenook. … Read More
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