Oscar-winning film producer credits education for shaping his career


OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Gray Frederickson is an Oklahoma City native who has enjoyed incredible success in Hollywood, winning the film industry’s biggest awards. He attributes his success to education and he now gives back to Oklahoma through teaching.

Frederickson was born in OKC in 1937. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and became involved in film in the 1960s. One of his first jobs was working as a production manager on the Sergio Leone/Clint Eastwood’s iconic spaghetti western, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Gray Frederickson, an Oscar-winning producer born in Oklahoma City, teaches in his hometown.

He went on to produce some of the greatest films ever made, including ‘The Godfather’, for which he served as associate producer, ‘The Godfather: Part II’, for which he won the co-production Oscar, and ‘Apocalypse Now’. “, which he co-produced. He also produced the beloved coming-of-age film, “The Outsiders,” which was filmed in Tulsa and based on the groundbreaking young adult novel written by then Oklahoma teenager SE Hinton.

Frederickson continues to produce film and television projects and is involved in teaching filmmaking in Oklahoma City. He shared his story with KFOR for this week’s addition to “ShapED My Life”.

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