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William Friedkin


Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane (1941). He ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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 2011 Killer Joe
 2007-2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Mascara (2009)
- Cockroaches (2007)
 2007 The Painter's Voice (Video documentary short)
 2006 Bug
 2003 The Hunted
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
 1995 Jade
 1994 Rebel Highway (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Jailbreakers (1994)
 1994 Blue Chips
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1990 The Guardian
 1988 C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf (TV Movie)
 1987 Rampage
 1986 C.A.T. Squad (TV Movie)
 1985 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Little Boy Lost/Wish Bank/Nightcrawlers (1985) ... (segment "Nightcrawlers")
 1980 Cruising
 1977 Sorcerer
 1973 The Exorcist
 1967 Good Times
 1966 The Thin Blue Line (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 Time-Life Specials: The March of Time (TV Series documentary)
 1965 Pro Football: Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Off Season (1965)
 1965 The Bold Men (TV Movie documentary)
 1962 The People vs. Paul Crump (TV Movie documentary)
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Other Works:

Author of "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir", published by Harper. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Interviews | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

There's a kind of desperation to the characters I'm interested in. They're all in extremely heightened states in a heightened situation. And in the course of my films, we're exploring all of their fears -- the rational and the irrational. See more »

Trivia:

After The Exorcist (1973) he was planning on making a film about aliens and Atlantis. However, after Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) went into production, he abandoned the film and made Sorcerer (1977) instead. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently works with William Petersen See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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