Date of Birth:7 April 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height:5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Trademarks:Often casts his own real-life extended family members in his films. In the case of the Godfather films, their characters' relationships to "Michael Corleone" often paralleled their real-life relationship to Coppola. He cast his sister, Talia Shire, as Michael's sister Connie, and his daughter, Sofia Coppola, as Michael's daughter Mary - named for Coppola's other daughter. In addition, Diane Keaton said that she modeled her performance as Kay Adams after Elanor Coppola, since both Kay and Coppola are protestants who married into Italian Catholic families. Includes the original author's name in the title of his adaptations (i.e., Mario Puzo's The Godfather (1972), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)). Releases re-edited versions of his work years later (e.g., The Godfather (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979)). Often works with cinematographer Gordon Willis and producers Fred Roos and Gray Frederickson. Frequently casts Robert Duvall, the late John Cazale, Nicolas Cage, Diane Keaton, Matt Dillon, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne and Marlon Brando. Beard Protagonists are tough inside who want change the world around, more often than not for selfish reasons.
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