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date: 24 February 2020

Frankovich, Mikelocked

(29 September 1908–01 January 1992)
  • James Ross Moore


Frankovich, Mike (29 September 1908–01 January 1992), film producer, was born Mitchell John Frankovich in Bisbee, Arizona, one of four children of Yova Frankovich and Melica Frankovich (maiden name unknown), immigrant Yugoslavians. When all the children were small, the Frankovich family left the copper-mining town of Bisbee en route to California but stopped in Tonopah, Nevada, for several years after the elder Frankovich won its casino in a card game. They moved on to Long Beach, California, where he owned a fishing fleet. After Yova Frankovich abandoned the family, his wife moved to Los Angeles, where Mike and a brother excelled in high school football, gaining scholarships to the University of California, Los Angeles, on the recommendation of comedian ...

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