M. J. Frankovich

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Mitchell John "M. J." Frankovich (September 29, 1909 – January 1, 1992), best known as Mike Frankovich, was an American football player turned film actor and producer. Frankovich was the adopted son of actor Joe E. Brown and his wife, Kathryn.[2][3]

M. J. Frankovich
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Frankovich with Betty Ford at the Bistro Restaurant, Beverly Hills, CA in 1976
Mitchell John Frankovich

(1909-09-29)September 29, 1909
DiedJanuary 1, 1992(1992-01-01) (aged 82)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)[1]
Other namesMike Frankovich
Alma materUCLA
OccupationFilm actor/producer
Spouse(s)Binnie Barnes (1940-1992; his death; 3 adopted children)
Georgiana (or Georgianna) Feagans (1938-19??)


Frankovich attended Belmont High School in Downtown Los Angeles. He played football for UCLA and was inducted into UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

Frankovich served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he moved to Europe with his wife. He became managing director of Columbia Pictures in Britain in 1955. Frankovich moved back to Los Angeles in 1963. In 1968 he gave up his position as vice president and became an independent producer at Columbia.[4]

He served as president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission in the early 1980s, and helped to bring the Los Angeles Raiders football team and 1984 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles.[5]

He received the Academy Awards' Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1983.[6]


A devout Catholic, Frankovich married his first wife, Georgiana (or Georgianna) Feagans, on January 15, 1938. No details are available regarding that marriage or how or when it ended.[7]

He married actress Binnie Barnes in 1940. They remained married until his death. He produced some of her late movies, including her last movie in 1973, 40 Carats, in which she portrayed Liv Ullman's mother.[8][9]


He died of pneumonia on New Year's Day, 1992.[5]


Among his more than 30 productions of film and for television were: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), Cactus Flower (1969), There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), Butterflies Are Free (1972), The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970), and John Wayne's last film, The Shootist (1976).[10]

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  1. ^ Mike Frankovich at Find a Grave
  2. ^ "Life, Times, Family". Orson Pratt Brown. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Joe E. Brown profile". Cemeteryguide.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mike Frankovich, Film Producer, 82, And a Civic Leader". The New York Times. January 4, 1992.
  5. ^ a b "Noted Movie Producer Mike Frankovich Dies". Los Angeles Times. January 3, 1992.
  6. ^ http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org/link/056-24/
  7. ^ "Full text of 'The Film Daily (Jan-Mar 1938)'". Archive.org. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  8. ^ "Binnie Barnes; Film Actress of '30s and '40s". Los Angeles Times. July 28, 1998.
  9. ^ "HOLLYWOOD CHIEF M. J. Frankovich, New Columbia Boss, Sketches Plan of Positive Action". The New York Times. March 15, 1964.
  10. ^ M. J. Frankovich at IMDb

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