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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 & 14 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

Opera: Directed "Salome" by Richard Strauss, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany. 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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Personal Quote:

The Charnier character in The French Connection (1971) is a much more admirable human being than Popeye Doyle. That's the thin line between the policeman and the criminal, and between good and evil. See more »

Trivia:

His two most famous films, The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), both begin in a foreign country, in which something in that country is brought over to America and then dealt with by American "authorities" in that field. "The French Connection" has drugs coming from France and then dealt with by American narcotics officers; "The Exorcist" has a demonic presence (from an idol) ... See more »

Trademark:

Infamous for his volatile, provocative behavior on film sets See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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