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.
M. J. Frankovich
Mitchell John Frankovich
September 29, 1909
Bisbee, Arizona, U.S.
|Died||January 1, 1992 (aged 82)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)|
|Other names||Mike Frankovich|
|Spouse(s)||Binnie Barnes (1940-1992; his death; 3 adopted children)|
Georgiana (or Georgianna) Feagans (1938-19??)
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.
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.
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.
He died of pneumonia on New Year's Day, 1992.
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).
- Jesse James Rides Again (1947)
- The Black Widow (1947) (serial)
- G-Men Never Forget (1948) (serial)
- Dangers of the Canadian Mounted (1948) (serial)
- Fugitive Lady (1950)
- Decameron Nights (1953)
- Malaga (1954)
- Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
- Joe MacBeth (1955)
- Spin a Dark Web (1956) aka Soho Incident
- The War Lover (1962)
- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
- Marooned (1969)
- Cactus Flower (1969)
- The Looking Glass War (1970)
- The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) (TV special)
- There's a Girl in My Soup (1970)
- Doctors' Wives (1971)
- The Love Machine (1971)
- $ (1971)
- Stand Up and Be Counted (1972)
- Butterflies Are Free (1972)
- 40 Carats (1973)
- Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1973) (TV series)
- Report to the Commissioner (1975)
- From Noon Till Three (1976)
- State Fair (1976)
- The Shootist (1976)
- Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women (1978)
- All Star Party for Lucille Ball (1984)
- All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood (1986) (TV Special)
- Mike Frankovich at Find a Grave
- "Life, Times, Family". Orson Pratt Brown. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Joe E. Brown profile". Cemeteryguide.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Mike Frankovich, Film Producer, 82, And a Civic Leader". The New York Times. January 4, 1992.
- "Noted Movie Producer Mike Frankovich Dies". Los Angeles Times. January 3, 1992.
- "Full text of 'The Film Daily (Jan-Mar 1938)'". Archive.org. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Binnie Barnes; Film Actress of '30s and '40s". Los Angeles Times. July 28, 1998.
- "HOLLYWOOD CHIEF M. J. Frankovich, New Columbia Boss, Sketches Plan of Positive Action". The New York Times. March 15, 1964.
- M. J. Frankovich at IMDb