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King Vidor (1894–1982)

King Vidor was born on February 8, 1894 in Galveston, Texas, USA as King Wallis Vidor. He was a director and writer, known for War and Peace (1956), The Crowd (1928) and Duel in the Sun (1946). He was married to Vidor, Elizabeth Hill, Eleanor Boardman and Florence Vidor. He died on November 1, 1982 in Paso Robles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 1980 The Metaphor (Documentary short)
 1964 Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics (Documentary short) (as Nicholas Ridov)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wizard of Oz (1956) ... (archive footage, uncredited)
 1956 War and Peace
 1956 MGM Parade (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.24 (1956) ... (archive footage)
 1954 Light's Diamond Jubilee (TV Movie documentary)
 1952 Ruby Gentry
 1940 Comrade X
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (director: Kansas scenes - uncredited)
 1938 The Citadel
 1937 Stella Dallas
 1932 Cynara
 1931/I The Champ (uncredited)
 1931 Street Scene
 1930 Billy the Kid
 1930 Not So Dumb
 1929 Hallelujah
 1928 Show People
 1928 The Patsy
 1928 The Crowd
 1926 La bohème
 1925 Proud Flesh
 1924 His Hour
 1924 Wine of Youth
 1924 Happiness
 1924 Wild Oranges
 1922 Dusk to Dawn
 1921 The Sky Pilot
 1920 The Family Honor (as King W. Vidor)
 1919 The Other Half (as King W. Vidor)
 1919 Better Times (as King W. Vidor)
 1918 Kid Politics (Short)
 1918 The Case of Bennie (Short)
 1918 The Three Fives (Short)
 1918 Dog vs. Dog (Short)
 1918 Love of Bob (Short)
 1918 I'm a Man (Short)
 1918 The Accusing Toe (Short)
 1918 A Boy Built City (Short)
 1918 The Preacher's Son (Short)
 1918 The Rebellion (Short)
 1918 Thief or Angel (Short)
 1918 Tad's Swimming Hole (Short)
 1918 The Lost Lie (Short)
 1918 Marrying Off Dad (Short)
 1918 The Chocolate of the Gang (Short)
 1918 Bud's Recruit (Short)
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Other Works:

Sidney D. Kirkpatrick's _A Cast of Killers,_ a fascinating read for crime and film buffs, was based on material found buried in Vidor's garage after he died. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 7 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 23 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nicholas Ridov | Nicholas Rodiv | King W. Vidor

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Frank Capra] Very often I would see the wheels going around and the tricks coming up. It was probably useful, but I used to be aware of the mechanics of it and how you would work toward a gag to get a gag in. I'm sure he'd think the same thing about me. He's a good filmmaker. See more »

Trivia:

The Big Parade (1925) was a huge hit. When MGM discovered that a clause in Vidor's contract entitled him to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called a meeting with him. At the meeting, MGM accountants played up the costs of the picture while downgrading the studio forecast of its potential success. Vidor was persuaded to sell his stake in the film for a small sum. The film ran for 96 weeks ... See more »

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