Movie Producer Mike Frankovich Dead at 83
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ M.J. ″Mike″ Frankovich, who produced such movies as ″Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice″ and John Wayne’s last film, ″The Shootist″ and had been Columbia Pictures’ worldwide production chief, has died. He was 83.
Frankovich died Wednesday of pneumonia. He also suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Frankovich became a director and executive for Columbia Pictures’ British operation after World War II. He rose to become the studio’s worldwide production chief.
He oversaw production of such classic films as ″Cat Ballou″ with Lee Marvin, ″Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner″ with Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, and the fact-based ″In Cold Blood″ and ″A Man for All Seasons.″
Frankovich left the studio in 1967 to become an independent producer, and created movies such as ″Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,″ ″The Shootist,″ ″Marooned,″ ″Cactus Flower,″ and ″There’s a Girl in My Soup.″
The Bisbee, Ariz., native first gained fame as a football star at the University of California, Los Angeles. Decades later, he was president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission and helped to bring the Raiders professional football team to Los Angeles from Oakland in the early 1980s.
Frankovich is survived by his wife of 51 years, British actress Binnie Barnes, two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren. He was the adopted son of the late comedian Joe E. Brown.