OCCC Faculty

Gray Frederickson

Artist in Residence/Studio Coordinator
Division of Arts
Programs: Digital Cinema Production

Courses Taught

Film Production and Business

Biography

Academy Award-winning producer Gray Frederickson, who won an Oscar as Co-Producer of The Godfather Part II and received an Academy Award nomination for his work as Co-Producer of Apocalypse Now, has won an Emmy for producing "Dream No Little Dream, The Life and Times of Robert S. Kerr". Also, Mr. Frederickson recently was the executive producer of “Just Crazy Enough” starring Chris Kattan, shot here at Oklahoma City Community College with students and faculty, And he was the executive producer of “The Grand Energy Transition” a recently produced documentary about natural gas.

Mr. Frederickson had been working as president of a motion picture production company, Graymark Productions Inc. (GRMK), publicly traded on NASDAQ, until it merged with a health care company, Graymark Healthcare (GRMH), in the spring of 2008.

Images of the Godfather trilogyThe first five projects of Graymark Productions, produced by Frederickson were Cloud 9 starring Burt Reynolds, The Hunt, a sci-fi horror film, Surveillance, a thriller starring Armand Assante, Soul's Midnight, a vampire tale, and Fingerprints, a supernatural thriller which was based on a well known urban legend. Gray and Graymark also produced the Oklahoma Centennial Documentary, Dream No Little Dream, The Legend of Robert S. Kerr. Gray also recently produced the drama, Ivory, about life in a music conservatory, starring Martin Landau.

Image from Apocalypse NowPrior to forming Graymark, Frederickson produced My Five Wives starring Rodney Dangerfield and Andrew Dice Clay and also South of Heaven, West of Hell starring Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda.  Frederickson also was Executive Producer of Heaven's Prisoners, starring Alec Baldwin, which was released by a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Frederickson later attended the University of Lausanne in Switzerland before moving to Rome, Italy. There he served as Production Manager and Producer on a variety of Italian films such as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly starring Clint Eastwood, and Candy, starring Marlon Brando and Richard Burton.  Frederickson then moved to Hollywood where he was Associate Producer on Little Fauss and Big Halsy starring Robert Redford, and Twentieth Century Fox's Making It.  He was also the Executive Producer of the Paramount Film Hit, directed by Sidney Furie.

Image from The OutsidersFrederickson began a 20-year association with Francis Ford Coppola as the Associate Producer on the Academy Award-winning The Godfather.  He also Produced One From the Heart and The Outsiders while a part of Coppola's famed Zoetrope Studios.  He was Co-Producer on the Academy Award-nominated The Godfather Part III. He also was Executive Producer of Orion's UHF starring Weird Al Yankovic, and was Executive Producer of Ladybugs for Paramount, starring Rodney Dangerfield.

Frederickson has been Vice President in Charge of Feature Film Production at Lorimar.  He also wrote the original story for the Twentieth Century Fox film Bad Girls, directed by Jonathan Kaplan and starring Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, and Madeline Stowe.  For television, Frederickson has produced the ABC television pilot Thunder Guys; Mickey Spillane's The Return of Mike Hammer, and the Columbia Television Series Houston Knights.  He also developed and Executive Produced Staying Afloat, starring Larry Hagman, for Tri-Star Television and NBC.

Image of Bad GirlsFrederickson has the honor of having three of his films listed on The American Film Institute's top 100 films.

Gray Frederickson is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Academy of Television Art and Sciences, The Directors Guild of America, and the Screen Actors Guild.



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Email: gfrederickson@occc.edu
Phone: (405) 682-1611 ext. 7847
Office location: Visual and Performing Arts Center - 123B
Office hours:
Spring
Contact the Arts and Humanities division office (405-682-7558) for Professor Frederickson's current office hours.

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