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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 19 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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(1971)
(1985)
The Exorcist Director
(1973)
Killer Joe Director
(2011)

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 2017 The Devil and Father Amorth (Documentary)
 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")
 1985 Wang Chung: To Live and Die in LA (Video short)
 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:

Music video: Directed Laura Branigan's video "Self Control". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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The most beautiful location in the world doesn't mean shit next to Steve McQueen's face. See more »

Trivia:

Often goes to extreme lengths to get the desired realism in his scenes. Infamous examples include the illegal car chase from The French Connection (1971) (which employed a stunt driver racing amidst unsuspecting drivers and pedestrians), and his effective tactics to get certain reactions from his actors in The Exorcist (1973) (discharging firearms close to the actors' ears, slapping them in the ... See more »

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Frequently works with William Petersen See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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