Paul Trapkus is an award-winning American film director and producer. He has directed and produced several critically acclaimed films, including the Academy Award-nominated feature film "The Godfather Part II".
Trapkus was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. He attended the University of Illinois, Urbana and earned a degree in film studies. After graduation, Trapkus began working in the film industry, first as an assistant director on several low-budget films. He then moved into producing and directing, working on several independent films before landing his first feature film, "The Godfather Part II", in 1974.
The Godfather Part II was an instant success, earning seven Academy Award nominations. Trapkus was nominated for Best Director and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film was a critical and commercial success, and is now considered one of the greatest films of all time.
After the success of The Godfather Part II, Trapkus went on to direct and produce several other successful films, including "Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", and "The Color of Money". He also directed and co-produced the television miniseries "The Sicilian" and "The Godfather Saga".
In addition to directing and producing, Trapkus also wrote and co-wrote several screenplays. His credits include "The Godfather Part II", "Taxi Driver", and "Raging Bull".
In addition to his work in film and television, Trapkus also founded Trapkus Productions, a production company dedicated to independent and foreign-language films. He has executive-produced several films, including "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "The Wrestler".
Throughout his career, Trapkus has earned numerous awards and nominations, including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations. He has also been awarded numerous lifetime achievement awards, including the Directors Guild of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Paul Trapkus is an accomplished director and producer whose body of work has captivated audiences for decades. His films have earned him numerous awards, and his influence on film history is undeniable. He is one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation.