This is an honor I wish my parents were alive to witness.
OSCAR and Emmy award-winning producer Gray Frederickson’s career has spanned more than five decades. Three of his films are included in The American Film Institute’s Top 100. He earned an OSCAR for producing The Godfather Part II and an Emmy Award for Dream No Little Dream, The Life and Times of Robert S. Kerr.
A native of Oklahoma City, Frederickson attended Casady School and the University of Oklahoma before making it on the big screen. With more than fifty titles to his credit, the list includes The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and the cult hit written and filmed in Oklahoma—The Outsiders. Other credits include Ladybugs, My Five Wives, and One From the Heart. Frederickson served as executive producer of Heaven’s Prisoners starring Alec Baldwin and wrote the original story for Twentieth Century Fox’s film Bad Girls starring Drew Barrymore, Andie MacDowell, and Madeleine Stowe.
Shortly after producing South of Heaven, West of Hell in 1999, Frederickson returned home to support the creation of a technical digital cinema program at Oklahoma City Community College. Graduates are finding success and recognition in the entertainment industry throughout the United States. In addition to the nine movies Frederickson has produced locally through his production company GrayMark Productions, including Cloud 9, Surveillance, and Soul’s Midnight, he recently teamed with longtime friend and colleague Francis Ford Coppola to produce Distant Vision, an experimental live cinema movie, in the college’s movie studio.
Frederickson is a former vice president in charge of feature film production at Warner Bros./Lorimar and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy of Television Art and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.
Gray was an usher at the Lakeside Movie Theater in the 1950s.
Born and raised in Oklahoma.