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William Wyler (1902–1981)


William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the lack of an obvious "signature" in his diverse ... See full bio »

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 43 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur Director
(1959)
Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday Director
(1953)
Funny Girl
Funny Girl Director
(1968)

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 1968 Funny Girl
 1965 The Collector
 1959 Ben-Hur
 1953 Roman Holiday
 1952 Carrie
 1949 The Heiress
 1942 Mrs. Miniver
 1940 The Letter
 1940 The Westerner
 1939 Raffles (uncredited)
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady (uncredited)
 1938 Jezebel
 1937 Dead End
 1936 Dodsworth
 1936 These Three
 1935 Barbary Coast (: (uncredited; replaced by Howard Hawks - uncredited)
 1934 Glamour
 1933 Private Jones (uncredited)
 1930 The Storm
 1929 Hell's Heroes
 1929 The Love Trap
 1929 The Shakedown
 1927 Desert Dust
 1927 Hard Fists
 1927 Blazing Days
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Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 7 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bill Wyler | Lt Col William Wyler

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on why he turned down the offer to direct The Sound of Music (1965)] I just can't bear to make a picture about all those nice Nazis. See more »

Trivia:

Brother-in-law of Cathy O'Donnell. See more »

Trademark:

Known for his rich, honest exploration of people and human behavior, regardless of the scale of the film See more »

Nickname:

99-Take Willie See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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