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      William Friedkin

      William Friedkin

      Highest Rated: 100% Algren (2021)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Aug 29, 1935

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      One of the most powerful film directors of the 1970's, Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin was representative of Hollywood's first wave of hip, hot, young super-directors. Famed for his boisterous talent and booming ego, Friedkin earned a reputation for drawing out brilliant performances from his actors - by whatever means necessary. While a few of the director's notoriously manipulative tactics seemed questionable, no one could argue their effectiveness. Just five years after making his feature film debut, Friedkin snagged the Best Director Oscar for "The French Connection" (1971). The director's landmark achievement, however, would be his 1973 filmic adaptation of William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist." A landmark in special effects, make-up and storytelling, "The Exorcist" grossed - and grossed-out - millions. Noted for the stylized documentary look of his dramas, Friedkin's talents catapulted him to the front rank of American directors. The husband of former Paramount Pictures head honcho, Sherry Lansing since 1991, Friedkin's career remained active well into the next century.

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      THE EXORCIST, director William Friedkin on set, 1973 SORCERER, director William Friedkin (left), on set, 1977. BLUE CHIPS, director William Friedkin, Nick Nolte, on set, 1994, ©Paramount BLUE CHIPS, director William Friedkin, Nick Nolte, 1994, ©Paramount / RAMPAGE, director William Friedkin, on set, 1988. ©Miramax JADE, director William Friedkin (center, pointing), on set, 1995.(c)Paramount JADE, director William Friedkin, on set, 1995.(c)Paramount RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, William Friedkin, Samuel L. Jackson, 2000, (c) Paramount BUG, Michael Shannon, Ashley Judd, director William Friedkin on set, 2006, (c) Lions Gate William Friedkin at arrivals for KILLER JOE Special Screening, Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York, NY July 23, 2012. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection William Friedkin at arrivals for KILLER JOE Special Screening, Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York, NY July 23, 2012. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection William Friedkin, Tracy Letts at arrivals for KILLER JOE Special Screening, Tribeca Grand Hotel, New York, NY July 23, 2012. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      94% 77% The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Director - 2023
      100% No Score Yet Algren Self - 2021
      93% 90% Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist Self - 2019
      86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Self - 2018
      44% 23% The Devil and Father Amorth Self,
      Director,
      Writer
      $20.4K 2017
      73% No Score Yet Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Self $15.5K 2014
      80% 61% Killer Joe Director $2.0M 2011
      61% 34% Bug Director $7.0M 2006
      29% 46% The Hunted Director $34.2M 2003
      37% 55% Rules of Engagement Director $61.3M 2000
      88% 88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Director - 2000
      93% 87% 12 Angry Men Director - 1997
      16% 43% Jade Director $9.2M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jailbreakers Director - 1994
      38% 51% Blue Chips Director $21.8M 1994
      25% 32% The Guardian Director,
      Screenwriter
      $16.1M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf Director - 1988
      50% 50% Rampage Director $322.5K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad Director - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad: Stalking Danger Director - 1986
      88% 78% To Live and Die in L.A. Director,
      Writer
      $16.6M 1985
      10% 18% Deal of the Century Director - 1983
      51% 49% Cruising Director,
      Writer
      - 1980
      70% 56% The Brink's Job Director - 1978
      82% 84% Sorcerer Director,
      Producer
      - 1977
      78% 87% The Exorcist Director $441.4M 1973
      96% 87% The French Connection Director - 1971
      90% 87% The Boys in the Band Director - 1970
      100% 78% The Birthday Party Director - 1968
      67% 44% The Night They Raided Minsky's Director - 1968
      0% 33% Good Times Director - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Paul Crump Director - 1962

      TV

      Credit
      85% 76% The Simpsons Dr. Kenneth Humphries (Guest Voice) 2017
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Director 2007 2009
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Director 1965