Frankovich, M. J.

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Frankovich, M. J. Gender: M
Mitchell John Frankovich
born on 29 September 1909 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Bisbee, Arizona, 31n27, 109w56
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 05°54' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°14 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 23°22'


American actor and movie producer, he was the adopted son of comedian Joe E. Brown.

An athlete as a young man, he played quarterback on the football team for the University of California at Los Angeles where he contributed to a record setting 93-yeard touchdown. He played professional baseball with the Hollywood All-Stars for a short while and entered the film industry as a technical adviser on sports films. He acted in minor film roles from 1935 to 1947 when he produced his first film ("Jesse James Rides Again"). He had already begun producing--in the late 1930s he wasproducer at Republic Pictures. During WWII, he served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in the Far East and Europe. After the war, he began producing films in Europe and impressed Hollywood with his ability to attract stars to travel to countries in post-war ruins to make independent films.

By 1955, he was managing director of Columbia Pictures in England. With a few years, he was in charge of all British and European production for the company. In 1964 he moved back to Los Angeles where he worked for Columbia as vice president in charge of produiction. Four years later he was an independent producer for Columbia. He received a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his work on the U.C.L.A. Foundation, the St. John's Hospital and on the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission. He never acted again, preferring the business side of the industry. Some of his productions include "Cactus Flower," "the Shootist" and "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice."

He married Binnie Barnes in 1940. They adopted three children. One son, Mike, is a screenwriter and Peter is a producer.

Frankovich died at age 82 on January 1, 1992 in Los Angeles. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • spouse relationship with Barnes, Binnie (born 25 March 1903). Notes: 1940–1992


  • Relationship : Marriage 1940 (Marriage to Binnie Barnes)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1947 (Produced first film)
  • Work : Prize 1984 (Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award)
  • Death by Disease 1 January 1992 (Alzheimer's and pneumonia, age 82, Los Angeles)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth certificate, a copy of which is in PT's files.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/ Senility
  • Family : Parenting : Foster, Step, or Adopted Kids
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award