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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 & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Exorcist
The Exorcist Director
(1973)
The French Connection
(1971)
Killer Joe
Killer Joe Director
(2011)
Rules of Engagement
(2000)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Directed a pilot for a sitcom to be called "The Pickle Bros.". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Citizen Kane (1941)] It's kind of a quarry for filmmakers, like James Joyce's "Ulysses" is a quarry for writers. It seemed to me, on reflection, to synthesize all of the art forms: photography, lighting, acting, music, editing, and writing. And I realized, soon after, that film could really transcend the other arts and synthesize them. See more »

Trivia:

Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist (1973) by producer William Peter Blatty after Blatty screened The French Connection (1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection". See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses a hand-held camera in action sequences See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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