Carmine Coppola, the father of director Francis Ford Coppola and the Oscar-winning composer of "The Godfather Part II" movie score, died Friday from a stroke, a publicist said. He was 80.
Coppola, whose other children include actress Talia Shire, died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, spokesman Mark Gill said.Coppola and Nino Rota won an Academy Award in 1974 for the best original dramatic score for "The Godfather Part II." Coppola also conducted Broadway musicals, including "Kismet" and "Once Upon a Mattress."
He studied flute and composition at the Juilliard School of Music, then went on to played first flute with the Detroit Symphony. He later played with Arturo Toscanini in the NBC Symphony.
He came to Hollywood to work with his son on the motion picture adaptation of the 1968 musical "Finian's Rainbow." His other film score credits include "Apocalypse Now," "The Outsiders," "Gardens of Stone" and "The Black Stallion."
He also composed the score for the revised Abel Gance silent French film "Napoleon" and conducted the orchestra at showings of the film around the world.
In addition to Francis Coppola and Miss Shire, survivors include his wife Italia and son August.
A funeral will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn in the Hollywood Hills.