Longtime assistant director Willard Sheldon will receive the Directors Guild of America’s Frank Capra Achievement Award, to be presented at the annual DGA Awards banquet March 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Capra Award is periodically given out to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of service to the Guild and outstanding career achievement.

Sheldon, who joined the Screen Directors Guild in 1937, was one of its earliest members.

As an assistant director, he worked with such directors as Cecil B. DeMille, Hal Roach and King Vidor. Among the many films he worked on were “The Good Earth ,””The Great Ziegfeld” and “San Francisco.”

In the 1950s and ’60s, Sheldon turned to television, where he worked on “Alcoa Theatre,””Kraft Theatre,””The Virginian,””Dragnet,””Marcus Welby,””The Name of the Game,””McMillan and Wife,””Alfred Hitchcock Presents,””The Millionaire” and “Wagon Train.”

He won a DGA television award in 1957 for “The Lonely Wizard.”

Sheldon was an active member of the DGA’s Assistant Director’s Council from 1939 through 1971.

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