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Who was Frank Capra Jr.?

Ryan Kerbow
StarNews

Frank Capra Jr. was president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios and the person many consider the father of the Wilmington film industry. Capra died at 7:50 p.m. Dec. 19, 2007, at Hannaman University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 73 years old.

Screen Gems President Frank Capra, Jr. Photo by Gary Allen

Screen Gems President Frank Capra, Jr. Photo by Gary Allen

“He had a smile that lit up a room every time you saw him,” said Bill Vassar, executive vice president of EUE/Screen Gems Studios and the family’s spokesperson. “He was well known for his generous spirit. His dedicated service to the community benefited the greater Wilmington area as well as the film industry.”

Capra was survived by his wife, Debra Capra, and daughter Christina, both of Santa Barbara, Calif.; two sons, Frank Capra III of Los Angeles and Jonathan Capra of Wilmington; a granddaugher, Madalyn of Wilmington; and two siblings, Lucille Capra of Traverse City, Mich., and Tom Capra of Palm Desert, Calif.

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