Gray Frederickson, winner of an Oscar as a co-producer on the films of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, one of the most active and respected producers and production executives of the 1960s to 1980s, passed away on November 20 in Oklahoma City of prostate cancer. He was 85 years old. His wife, Karen, confirmed his death.
Born on July 21, 1937, in Oklahoma, Frederickson moved to Hollywood in the early 1960s and quickly gained experience as a line producer. He produced the comedy Making It (1971) at 20th Century Fox and teamed with Al Ruddy to produce Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) with Robert Redford at Paramount.
A trusted adviser to Francis Ford Coppola, Frederickson co-executive produced The Godfather, The Godfather Part II – sharing a best picture Oscar for the sequel – and Apocalypse Now, spending many months with Coppola in the Philippines and elsewhere. from Asia.
His association with Coppola continued on other films, including One from the Heart (1981) and The Outsiders (1983), leading up to a live theater experiment directed by Coppola in 2015, titled Distant Vision.
His producing credits also include the film UHF (1989), starring “Weird” Al Yankovic, Ladybugs with Rodney Dangerfield (1992) and South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000) with Billy Bob Thornton.