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Robert Wise (I) (1914–2005)

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures. A head sound effects... See full bio »

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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The Sound of Music
West Side Story
West Side Story Director


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Interviewed in "Conversations with Directors", 2008.

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1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 11 Articles | See more »

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Robert E. Wise


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on sequels generally especially A Game of Death (1945)] I don't like to do remakes. Usually, for one reason or another you have to see the original film, and it always rather bugs you when you find yourself doing a certain scene, and you keep being reminded of what it was like in the first film. See more »


He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960. See more »


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