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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)

Filmography

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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")
 1984 Laura Branigan: Self Control (Video short)
 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 | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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[About the favorite movies he made] I'm very happy with Jade (1995), Rules of Engagement (2000), Killer Joe (2011), Bug (2006), The Exorcist (1973)... I would have to say Sorcerer (1977) and The French Connection (1971). Those come immediately to mind. And To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). And it's not that I achieved them, or realized them perfectly, but I did come very close to my vision of them ... See more »

Trivia:

Joe Eszterhas, in "Hollywood Animal: A Memoir," Joe Eszterhas claims that Friedkin's wife Sherry Lansing, the boss of Paramount Pictures' Motion Picture Group, made Eszterhas issue a statement that he supported Paramount's hiring of Friedkin as director for his Jade (1995) script. In truth, Eszterhas did not want the former Oscar-winner, whom he considered a washed-up has-been, to direct the ... See more »

Trademark:

[Car Chase] His films often feature a pivotal car chase (The French Connection (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Jade (1995)). See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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