Coppola, Roman 1965-

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Coppola, Roman 1965-


Born April 22, 1965, in Paris, France; son of Francis Ford (a director) and Eleanor (a set decorator and artist) Coppola; brother of Sofia Coppola (a director). Education: Attended the Film School of New York University, 1983-87.


Agent—Directors Bureau, 1641 N. Ivar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028; William Morris Agency, One William Morris Pl., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.


Director, producer, writer, cinematographer, and actor. Directors Bureau (a production and management company), cofounder (with Mike Mills), 1996; directed television commercials, including Gap, 2002, Honda Element, 2003, and Burger King, 2004. Also worked as a winemaker and creator of a skincare line called Uvavita.

Awards, Honors:

Saturn Award nomination, best special effects, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1993, Film Award nomination (with others), best special effects, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1994, both for Dracula; MTV Music Awards, best dance video, best direction, and breakthrough video of the year, 1999, all for Fatboy Slim's "Praise You."


Film Work:

Production aide, The Outsiders (also known as The Outsiders: The Complete Novel), Warner Bros., 1983.

Sound recording mixer and production aide, The Black Stallion Returns, 1983.

Associate producer, Rumble Fish, 1983.

Electronic cinema, Gardens of Stone, TriStar, 1987.

Executive producer, Clownhouse, Triumph, 1989.

Executive producer, The Spirit of '76, 1990.

Visual effects director and second unit director, Dracula (also known as Bram Stroker's "Dracula"), Columbia, 1992.

Second unit director, Jack, Buena Vista, 1996.

Cinematographer, Bed, Bath and Beyond, 1996.

Second unit director, The Rainmaker (also known as John Grisham's "The Rainmaker"), Paramount, 1997.

Executive in charge of production, Gunfighter (also known as Ballad of a Gunfighter), Sterling Home Entertainment, 1998.

Cinematographer, Free Tibet, Shooting Gallery Pictures, 1998.

Second unit director, The Virgin Suicides (also known as Sofia Coppola's "The Virgin Suicides"), Eternity Pictures, 1999.

Cinematographer, Torrance Rises (short), Palm Pictures, 1999.

Director, CQ, United Artists, 2001.

Cinematographer, Chronique d'un cineaste, 2002.

Additional director: Additional Japan unit, Lost in Translation, Focus Features, 2003.

Second unit director, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Buena Vista, 2004.

Second unit director, Marie Antoinette, Columbia, 2006.

Producer, The Darjeeling Limited, Fox Searchlight, 2007.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Sonny Corleone as a boy, The Godfather, Part II (also known as Mario Puzo's "The Godfather: Part II"), Paramount, 1974.

(Redux version only) Francis de Marais, Apocalypse Now (also known as Apocalypse Now Redux), United Artists, 1979.

Bandido, Gunfighter (also known as Ballad of a Gunfighter), Sterling Home Entertainment, 1998.

Himself, Torrance Rises (short), Palm Pictures, 1999.

(Uncredited) Senate guard, Star Wars: Episode I—"The Phantom Menace" (also known as Star Wars I: "The Phantom Menace" and The Phantom Menace), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999.

Himself, Chronique d'un cineaste (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, On the Set of "CQ" (documentary short), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, Lost on Location: Behind the Scenes of "Lost in Translation" (documentary shorts; also known as Lost on Location), Universal Studios Home Video, 2004.

Himself, Danger: Diabolik—From Fumetti to Film (short), Paramount Home Video, 2005.

The Darjeeling Limited, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007.

Television Work; Specials:

Producer and additional footage, The Godfather Family: A Look Inside, HBO, 1991.

Second unit cinematographer, Lick the Star, IFC and Bravo, 1998.

Segment director, "Playground Lover" and "From Your Mouth," Sonic Cinema, Sundance, 2001.

Television Work; Episodic:

Hi-Octane, Comedy Central, 1995.

Stop for a Minute, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers's Apocalypse (documentary), Showtime, 1991.

Himself, Mario Bava: Operazione paura, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Roman Coppola," Mirrorball, Channel 4, 2000.

Himself, Stop for a Minute, 2001.

Himself, Silenci?, 2004.


Music Videos (as director):

Fatboy Slim's "Gangsta trippin'," 1998.

"Revolution 909," D.A.F.T. (also known as D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen, and Tomatoes), Virgin, 1999.

"Honey," Moby: Play—The DVD, BMG, 2001.

The Strokes' "Last Nite," 2001.

"Walking Contradiction," Green Day: International Supervideos!, Warner Home Video, 2001.

"Praise You," The Work of Director Spike Jonze, MTV2, 2003.

The Strokes' "12:51," 2003.

Phoenix's "Everything is Everything," 2003.

Also directed Matthew Sweet's "Sick of Myself"; Wyclef Jean's "We Trying to Stay Alive"; The Presidents of the United States of America's "Lump" and "Peaches"; Mansun's "Taxloss"; The Strokes' "Hard to Explain" and "Someday"; Phantom Planet's "California"; Fat Boy Slim's "Praise You."



(Story only) The Spirit of '76, Columbia, 1990.

CQ, United Artists, 2001.

The Darjeeling Limited, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007.



Entertainment Weekly, April 12, 1996, p. 66; May 26, 2000, p. 14.

Interview, June, 2002, p. 42.