Francis Ford Coppola

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 7, 1939

Ethnicity: Italian

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Godfather Part II (1974). All of Francis’s grandparents were Italian.

Francis is the son of flautist and composer Carmine Coppola and Italia Pennino. He is the brother of academic and author August Coppola and actress Talia Shire. With his wife, filmmaker, artist, and author Eleanor Coppola, he has three children, including filmmaker Roman Coppola and actress and director Sofia Coppola. His nephews are actors Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Robert Carmine.

Francis’s paternal grandparents were Agostino/August Nicola Coppola (the son of Carmine Coppola and Filomena Coppola) and Maria Lillian Zasa (the daughter of Pancrazio Zasa and Antonia Montesano). Agostino and Maria Lillian were from Bernalda, Province of Matera, Basilicata, Italy. The Coppola family owns a luxury resort in Bernalda.

Francis’s maternal grandparents were Francesco “Frank” Pennino and Anna Giaquinto. Francis’s grandfather Francesco was also a composer, who was born, c. 1880, in Naples, Campania, Italy.

Sources: Genealogies of Francis Ford Coppola –

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