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Carmine Coppola
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    (June 11, 1910-April 26, 1991)
    Born in New York City, New York
    Flautist with the NBC Symphony Orchestra
    Composed scores for ‘Tonight for Sure’ (1962), ‘The Godfather’ (1972),‘The Godfather Part II’ (1974), ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979), ‘The Black Stallion’ (1979), the restored version of Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ (1981), ‘The Outsiders’ (1983), ‘Tucker: The Man and His Dream’ (1988) and ‘The Godfather Part III’ (1990)
    Co-winner of the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score for ‘The Godfather Part II’
    Father of Francis Ford Coppola and Talia Shire
    Grandfather of Sofia Coppola, Nicholas Cage and Jason Schwartzman
    Talia Shire said, ‘I had no relationship with him in the 'Hi, Dad' sense.’
    Almost all his film scores are for movies directed by, produced by or otherwise associated with his son.
    During the Academy Awards ceremony, he dropped and broke his Oscar.
    He won a scholarship to Juilliard.
    He was married to Italia Pennino for over 50 years.
    In his Oscar acceptance speech, he said, ‘I want to thank my son Francis, because without him I wouldn't be here. But then if I wasn't here, he wouldn't be, either.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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