Known for movies

Short Info

DiedSeptember 3, 1991, La Quinta, California, United States
SpouseLou Capra, Helen Howell
MarkOften cast James Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant
FactHe got his first film assignment by answering an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper.
PaymentsEarned $75 from The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922)


Frank Capra was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the 1930s. He won three Academy Awards for Best Director, and his films include It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can’t Take It with You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

Born in 1897 in Sicily, Capra emigrated to the United States with his family when he was a child. His father worked as a fruit peddler and later as a construction worker, while his mother took in laundry. Capra dropped out of high school at age 15 and began working odd jobs before landing a job in the mail room of Famous Players-Lasky, a film studio. He was soon promoted to assistant director and began working on a variety of films.

Capra’s big break came in 1934 with the release of It Happened One Night, a screwball comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. The film was a huge success, both commercially and critically, and won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Capra.

Capra followed up with a string of hits, including Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can’t Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and Arsenic and Old Lace. His most famous film, It’s a Wonderful Life, was released in 1946. The film was a box office flop at the time, but has since become an annual holiday classic.

Capra retired from filmmaking in the early 1950s and died in 1991 at the age of 94. His legacy as one of Hollywood’s greatest directors is secure, and his films continue to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.

General Info

Full NameFrank Capra
DiedSeptember 3, 1991, La Quinta, California, United States
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor, Film director, Soldier, Waiter, Film producer, Salesman, Screenwriter, Chemical engineer
EducationCalifornia Institute of Technology

Family

SpouseLou Capra, Helen Howell
ChildrenFrank Capra Jr., Tom Capra, Lulu Capra, John Capra
ParentsSalvatore Capra, Sarah Nicolas
SiblingsEverett Capra, Tony Capra, Benjamin Capra

Accomplishments

AwardsAcademy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, AFI Life Achievement Award, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Medal of Special Recommendation, PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures, Medal of the Compagnia Italiana Grandi Alberg...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
MoviesIt's a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Meet John Doe, You Can't Take It with You, Lost Horizon, Arsenic and Old Lace, Pocketful of Miracles, Lady for a Day, State of the Union, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, American Madness, Platinum Blon...

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Often cast James Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Cary Grant
2Montage of newspaper headlines
3His films normally center around a simple man who tries to fight corruption in a society.

Salary

TitleSalary
The Power of the Press (1928)$1,500 a week
The Way of the Strong (1928)$750 a week
The Matinee Idol (1928)$2,500
So This Is Love? (1928)$2,500
That Certain Thing (1928)$1,000
The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House (1922)$75

Quotes

#Quote
1[on the coming of sound] Everybody in Hollywood was scared to death of sound, but I knew all about sound waves from freshman physics.
2[on "The Greatest Gift," the short story that inspired "It's a Wonderful Life"] My goodness, this thing hit me like a ton of bricks. It was the story I had been looking for all my life. The kind of an idea that when I get old and sick and scared and ready to die - they'd say "he made The Greatest Gift".
3[returning to directing after World War 2] I was scared to death.
4[after Philip Van Doren Stern sent him a Christmas card that formed the basis for "It's a Wonderful Life"] I thank you for sending it and I love you for creating it.
5[to James Stewart when he hadn't yet figured out the story for "It's a Wonderful Life"] I haven't got a story. This is the lousiest piece of cheese I ever heard of. Forget it, Jimmy...Forget it!
6[the theme of It's a Wonderful Life] The individual's belief in himself. I made it to combat a modern trend toward atheism.
7[when asked if there was still a way to make movies with the values and ideals in his films] Well if there isn't, we might as well give up.
8It's a Wonderful Life sums up my philosophy of filmmaking. First, to exalt the worth of the individual. Second, to champion man - plead his causes, protest any degradation of his dignity, spirit or divinity. And third, to dramatize the viability of the individual - as in the theme of the film itself...there is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see we only have to look. I beseech you to look.
9[on It's a Wonderful Life] I thought it was the greatest film I ever made. Better yet, I thought it was the greatest film anybody had ever made. It wasn't made for the oh-so-bored critics or the oh-so-jaded literati. It was my kind of film for my kind of people.
10[on Philip Van Doren Stern] The man whose Christmas tale was the spark that set me off into making my favourite film, It's a Wonderful Life.
11[on It's a Wonderful Life] It's the damnedest thing I've ever seen! The film has a life of its own now, and I can look at it like I had nothing to do with it. I'm like a parent whose kid grows up to be president. I'm proud...but it's the kid who did the work. I didn't even think of it as a Christmas story when I first ran across it. I just liked the idea.
12[on directing Claudette Colbert in 'It Happened One Night'] Colbert fretted, pouted, and argued about her part. Challenged my slaphappy way of shooting scenes. Fussed constantly. She was a tartar, but a cute one.
13There is one word that aptly describes Hollywood - 'nervous.'
14[on Jean Arthur] Never have I seen a performer with such a chronic case of stage jitters. They weren't butterflies in her stomach. They were wasps.
15[on Preston Sturges] Jesus, he was a strange guy. Carried his own hill with him, I tell you.
16In our film profession you may have [Clark Gable's] looks, [Spencer Tracy's] art, [Marlene Dietrich's] legs or [Elizabeth Taylor's] violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage.
17Do not help the quick moneymakers who have delusions about taking possession of classics by smearing them with paint.
18A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
19[on his early dream to be an astronomer] I could study the stars and the planets forever. I always wanted to know why, why . . . Pictures changed my mind. I was too far along in the movie business. But when I go back to Caltech now and hear about things I'm not familiar with, like black holes, goddamn! I get mad. How the hell I ever refused that I don't know . . . But it seems like motion pictures have a terrible hold on me. I don't know what it is . . .
20Film is a disease. When it infects your bloodstream, it takes over as the number one hormone; it bosses the enzymes; directs the pineal gland; plays Iago to your psyche. As with heroin, the antidote to film is more film.
21(upon receiving his AFI Lifetime Achievment Award) I'd be the first to admit I'm a damn good director.
22[James Stewart]'s appeal lay in being so unusually usual.
23[on Marilyn Monroe] "Breasts she had. And a wiggly figure. But to me sex is class, something more than a wiggly behind. If it weren't, I know 200 whores who would be stars.
24There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.
25I thought drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
26My advice to young filmmakers is this: Don't follow trends. Start them!
27Compassion is a two-way street.
28Behind every successful man there stands an astonished woman.

Facts

#Fact
1Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn was notorious for coming on the set and trying to override directors' decisions--usually for monetary reasons--so when Capra won his first Oscar, he re-negotiated his contract with Columbia and insisted on a proviso that forbade Cohn from appearing on the set of any film Capra was making for Columbia. He got it.
2Colleen Moore recalled later that Capra directed the cameo appearance by Harry Langdon in the First National picture Ella Cinders (1926).
3About Ladies of Leisure (1930) with a very young Barbara Stanwyck, Capra later wrote that he would have married her if both of them had been free at the time.
4Capra's classmates at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles included singer Lawrence Tibbett and future war hero Jimmy Dolittle.
5MGM production chief Irving Thalberg wanted to borrow Capra from Columbia and offered Harry Cohn $50,000, the use of an MGM star of his choice for a film, and Capra's choice of properties. The director selected "Soviet," the story of an American engineer building a dam in Russia. It was to star Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery. Thalberg's illness caused MGM boss Louis B. Mayer to cancel the production but MGM made good on the payment and the loan-out.
6Was friends with Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Millikan, who had been one of his professors at Cal Tech. At one point Capra intended to film a documentary on him.
7His last name means "goat" in his native Italian.
8Among many unrealized projects in his long career, one to which he was especially devoted was a film about the life of Saint Paul , to star Frank Sinatra.
9Upon his death his remains were interred at Coachella Valley Public Cemetery in Coachella, CA. His location plot is Lot 289, Unit 8, Block 77.
10Honored on a US postage stamp in May 2012 (with John Ford, Billy Wilder, and John Huston).
11A staunch opponent of abortion and donated funds to support the Human Life Amendment.
12Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 96-98. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.
13Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
14Interviewed in "Talking to the Piano Player: Silent Film Stars, Writers and Directors Remember" by Stuart Oderman (BearManor Media).
15Although most of his films were written by individuals on the political left who tended to exude the spirit of the New Deal, Capra himself was a lifelong conservative Republican who never voted for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, admired Francisco Franco and Benito Mussolini and later, during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era served as a secret FBI informer for his friend J. Edgar Hoover.
16Was originally supposed to write and direct Circus World (1964) but quit the project when star John Wayne rejected Capra's script and instead insisted it be written by his old friend, James Edward Grant.
17Heavily influenced friend Thomas R. Bond II, a producer/director who gained most of his knowledge in directing and producing from Capra.
18Is the second most-represented filmmaker (behind Steven Spielberg) on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time, with four of his films on the list. They are: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) at #83, Meet John Doe (1941) at #49, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) at #5, and the most uplifting movie of all time, It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
19He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1986 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC.
20Inspired the adjective "Capraesque".
21Claimed that Frank Sinatra had the potential to be the best actor there ever was. He once told Frank to quit his musical career and concentrate solely on acting and that if he did he would go down as the greatest actor who ever lived.
22Said Jean Arthur would get real tense and often become violently sick before shooting began. However, he said she always managed to compose herself when the cameras started to roll and acted as though nothing was wrong.
23Claimed that both Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Sinatra "left their best scenes in rehearsal," saying that all subsequent takes got stale quickly. Capra would often shoot scenes with them without any rehearsing at all. This used to drive the other actors nuts. Edward G. Robinson once stormed off the set of A Hole in the Head (1959) and asked to be let out of his contract because he was used to rehearsing all his roles.
24Had a son, Johnny, who died in 1938, at about age 3, of complications arising from a tonsillectomy.
25Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1958.
26President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1935-39.
27Emigrated to America with his parents in 1903. They settled in Los Angeles, where his older brother was already living.
28Hosted the Academy Awards in 1936 and 1939.
29His father, Turiddu, died in a horrible factory accident in 1915. When the aging man was working some gears, he got caught in the gears and was nearly ripped in half.
30Directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: May Robson, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, H.B. Warner, Spring Byington, James Stewart, Claude Rains, Harry Carey and Peter Falk. Gable and Colbert won Academy Awards for their roles in It Happened One Night (1934).
31When he was nominated for his first Best Director Oscar in 1933 (for Lady for a Day (1933)), presenter Will Rogers merely opened the envelope and said "Come and get it, Frank!" Already halfway to the stage, Capra realized that Rogers wasn't referring to him, but to Frank Lloyd, who was getting the Oscar for Cavalcade (1933).
32Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945." Pages 96-103. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
33Was voted the 9th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
34Critics dubbed his movies as "Capra-corn" for their simple and sappy storylines.
35He got his first film assignment by answering an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper.
36President of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) from 1960-61.
37President of the Screen Directors Guild from 1939-41.
38Father of Frank Capra Jr. (born March 20th 1934 - died December 19th 2007), John Capra (born April 24th 1935 - died August 23rd 1938), Lulu Capra (born September 16th 1937), and Tom Capra (born February 12th 1941). Family lived in Fallbrook, California, USA.
39Was once a gag man for the Keystone Film Company (best known for its Keystone Kops shorts).
40Awarded American Film Institute Life Achievement Award in 1982.
41Interred at Coachella Valley Cemetery, Coachella, California, USA.
42Studied electrical engineering at CalTech, and only began working in films as a temporary summer job.

Pictures

Movies

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary short
Pocketful of Miracles1961
A Hole in the Head1959
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays1957TV Movie
Hemo the Magnificent1957TV Movie
Our Mr. Sun1956TV Movie
Here Comes the Groom1951
Riding High1950
State of the Union1948
It's a Wonderful Life1946
Here Is Germany1945Documentary uncredited
Your Job in Germany1945Documentary short
Know Your Enemy - Japan1945Documentary uncredited
War Comes to America1945Documentary uncredited
Two Down and One to Go1945Documentary short
The Battle of China1944Documentary uncredited
Arsenic and Old Lace1944
Tunisian Victory1944Documentary
The Battle of Britain1943Documentary uncredited
The Battle of Russia1943Documentary uncredited
Divide and Conquer1943Documentary uncredited
The Nazis Strike1943Documentary short uncredited
Prelude to War1942Documentary uncredited
Meet John Doe1941
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1939
You Can't Take It with You1938
Lost Horizon1937
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town1936
Broadway Bill1934
It Happened One Night1934
Lady for a Day1933
The Bitter Tea of General Yen1933as Frank R. Capra
American Madness1932as Frank R. Capra
Forbidden1932as Frank R. Capra
Platinum Blonde1931as Frank R. Capra
The Miracle Woman1931as Frank R. Capra
Dirigible1931as Frank R. Capra
Rain or Shine1930as Frank R. Capra
Ladies of Leisure1930as Frank R. Capra
Flight1929as Frank R. Capra
The Donovan Affair1929as Frank R. Capra
The Younger Generation1929as Frank R. Capra
The Burglar1928Short
The Power of the Press1928
Submarine1928as Frank R. Capra
Say It with Sables1928
The Way of the Strong1928
The Matinee Idol1928as Frank R. Capra
So This Is Love?1928
That Certain Thing1928
For the Love of Mike1927
Long Pants1927
The Strong Man1926
The Barefoot Boy1922Short
The Looking Glass1922Short as Frank R. Capra
The Village Blacksmith1922/IIShort
The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House1922Short
La visita dell'incrociatore italiano Libia a San Francisco, Calif., 6-29 novembre 19211921Documentary short

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Clarence1990TV Movie characters - uncredited
It Happened One Christmas1977TV Movie screenplay "It's a Wonderful Life"
Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary short uncredited
The Unchained Goddess1958TV Movie written by
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays1957TV Movie written by
Hemo the Magnificent1957TV Movie written by
Our Mr. Sun1956TV Movie written by
Westward the Women1951story
It's a Wonderful Life1946screenplay
Here Is Germany1945Documentary uncredited
Know Your Enemy - Japan1945Documentary uncredited
Forbidden1932story
Flight1929dialogue - as Frank R. Capra
Uncle Tom1929Short story
The Burglar1928Short writer
Say It with Sables1928story
The Swim Princess1928Short writer
That Certain Thing1928writer
Fiddlesticks1927/IShort story
His First Flame1927story
Soldier Man1926Short
Tramp, Tramp, Tramp1926story - uncredited
Saturday Afternoon1926Short story and scenario
Love and Kisses1925Short
Cold Turkey1925Short
Lucky Stars1925Short
The Iron Nag1925Short
Cupid's Boots1925Short
Sneezing Beezers1925Short
Super-Hooper-Dyne Lizzies1925Short
Good Morning, Nurse1925Short scenario / story
The Marriage Circus1925Short
Breaking the Ice1925Short scenario
Plain Clothes1925Short
Boobs in the Wood1925Short uncredited
The Wild Goose Chaser1925Short
All Night Long1924Short story
The Reel Virginian1924Short uncredited
Every Man for Himself1924Short uncredited
Riders of the Purple Cows1924Short uncredited
Little Robinson Corkscrew1924Short uncredited
High Society1924Short uncredited
Jubilo, Jr.1924Short scenario
The Barefoot Boy1922Short scenario
The Looking Glass1922Short scenario
The Village Blacksmith1922/IIShort
The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding House1922Short scenario
La visita dell'incrociatore italiano Libia a San Francisco, Calif., 6-29 novembre 19211921Documentary short intertitles

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary short producer
Pocketful of Miracles1961producer
A Hole in the Head1959producer
The Unchained Goddess1958TV Movie producer
The Strange Case of the Cosmic Rays1957TV Movie producer
Hemo the Magnificent1957TV Movie producer
Our Mr. Sun1956TV Movie producer
Here Comes the Groom1951producer
Riding High1950producer
State of the Union1948producer
It's a Wonderful Life1946producer
Here Is Germany1945Documentary producer
Know Your Enemy - Japan1945Documentary producer - uncredited
War Comes to America1945Documentary producer
Two Down and One to Go1945Documentary short producer
San Pietro1945Documentary short co-supervising producer - uncredited
Arsenic and Old Lace1944associate producer - uncredited
Attack! Battle of New Britain1944Documentary producer
The Negro Soldier1944Documentary short producer - as Col. Frank Capra
G.I. Journal1944Short producer
Know Your Ally: Britain1944Short supervising producer - uncredited
The Battle of Britain1943Documentary producer - uncredited
The Battle of Russia1943Documentary producer
Divide and Conquer1943Documentary producer - uncredited
Strictly G.I.1943Short producer
The Nazis Strike1943Documentary short producer
Prelude to War1942Documentary producer - uncredited
Meet John Doe1941producer - uncredited
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington1939producer - uncredited
You Can't Take It with You1938producer - uncredited
Lost Horizon1937producer - uncredited
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town1936producer - uncredited
Broadway Bill1934producer - uncredited
It Happened One Night1934producer - uncredited
The Bitter Tea of General Yen1933producer - uncredited
American Madness1932producer - uncredited
Forbidden1932producer - uncredited
Platinum Blonde1931producer - uncredited
The Miracle Woman1931producer - uncredited
Dirigible1931producer - uncredited
Rain or Shine1930producer - uncredited
Ladies of Leisure1930producer - uncredited
Flight1929producer - uncredited
The Matinee Idol1928producer - uncredited
That Certain Thing1928producer

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary short presenter
Taiwan: Island of Freedom1963Documentary short supervised by - as Col. Frank Capra USAR
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary short supervisor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 121938Documentary shortFrank Capra
The Outcasts of Poker Flat1919

Animation Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coming!! Snafu1943Short character creator - uncredited

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Our Wonderful Schools1915Documentary short uncredited

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pocketful of Miracles1961lyrics: "The Riddle Song I Gave My Love a Cherry" - uncredited

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Think of a Wonderful Thoughtspecial thanks announced
Minus Lara2011TV Short thanks
Lost Horizon1937special thanks - as Mr. Frank Capra, 1985 restoration

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 91938Short documentaryHimself - Oscar Winner
Another Romance of Celluloid1938Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 91937Documentary shortHimself
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 81937Documentary shortHimself
Frank Capra's 'It's a Wonderful Life': A Personal Remembrance1991Video documentary shortHimself
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey1984DocumentaryHimself
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Picture
The Moviemakers1983TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Huston1983TV SpecialHimself
Cinéma cinémas1983TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Honoree
High Hopes: The Capra Years1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart1980TV Special documentaryHimself / Seaker (uncredited)
Hollywood Greats1977-1979TV Series documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1978TV SeriesHimself - Director / Guest
Bing Crosby: His Life and Legend1978TV Movie documentaryHimself
ABC Late Night1975TV SeriesHimself
Film Extra1974TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Men Who Made the Movies: Frank Capra1973TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Film Night1973TV SeriesHimself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards1972TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself
Today1971TV SeriesHimself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971TV SeriesHimself
Dear Mr. Gable1968DocumentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1959TV SeriesHimself
Lux Video Theatre1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
The Screen Director1951ShortHimself (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary shortHimself - Outgoing Academy President

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Una lunga vacanza2012
Hollywood sul Tevere2009DocumentaryHimself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Why We Fight2005DocumentaryHimself
James Cagney and Jack Warner2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Frank Capra and James Stewart2001TV Short documentaryHimself
George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him2001Video documentaryHimself
The Lady with the Torch1999DocumentaryHimself
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
American Masters1993TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life'1990TV Short documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2001OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
2001PGA Hall of Fame - Motion PicturesPGA AwardsIt Happened One Night (1934)
1982Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1982Career Golden LionVenice Film Festival
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6614 Hollywood Blvd.
1959Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
1947Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorIt's a Wonderful Life (1946)
1941DGA Honorary Life Member AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
1939OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorYou Can't Take It with You (1938)
1937OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
1936Special RecommendationVenice Film FestivalMr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
1935OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorIt Happened One Night (1934)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1962DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesPocketful of Miracles (1961)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Producer/Director7th place.
1960DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesA Hole in the Head (1959)
1947OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorIt's a Wonderful Life (1946)
1940OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorMr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
1936Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmMr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
1935Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmBroadway Bill (1934)
1934Mussolini CupVenice Film FestivalBest Foreign FilmIt Happened One Night (1934)
1934OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorLady for a Day (1933)
1932Audience ReferendumVenice Film FestivalIN-COMPETITIONForbidden (1932)

2nd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1939NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorYou Can't Take It with You (1938)

3rd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1946NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorIt's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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