Okla. — World-renowned producer Gray Frederickson passed away on Sunday.
Tyler Frederickson, Gray’s son shared a post on his Facebook page about his father’s life and what he will be remembered for.
“Today my Dad went into heaven. He was the greatest person in the world that help changed the film industry in Oklahoma,” said Tyler Frederickson.
Gray Frederickson produced over 50 noteworthy films in his lifetime. He produced movies like The Outsiders, Apocalypse Now and the Godfather films.
As a producer, he was nominated for Apocalypse Now and won an Oscar for The Godfather.
The Oklahoma City Mayor, David Holt remembered Gray Frederickson in a social media post.
“To win the Oscar for Best Picture is one of the greatest accomplishments in modern culture, and as such, Gray is one of the most accomplished people to have ever come from our city. The video of that moment is below, which is fun to watch, half a century later. It was the high point of an amazing career, all of which started when Gray was a kid ushering at the Lakeside movie theater at May and Grand. His film career would have been enough to make him a legend, but then for him to return to OKC and build our city’s film industry as he did - it was an incredible gift,” said Mayor Holt.
In 2019, the Circle Cinema honored Gray Frederickson with a medallion on the Oklahoma Walk of Fame right outside of the Tulsa theater.
“Gray was always a welcome at Circle,” said Ryan Thomas, Circle Cinema Communications Manager. “He was so vital in producing some of the most important films of a generation. But, more importantly, what Gray did later in life in Oklahoma City was he passed along his knowledge of filmmaking and production to future generations to help ensure there’s a thriving a vibrant film scene in Oklahoma. He will truly be missed.”
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