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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 »

Known For

The French Connection
(1971)
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Director
(1973)
Killer Joe
Killer Joe Director
(2011)
Bug
Bug Director
(2006)

Filmography

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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:

Unsold pilot: Directed a pilot for a sitcom to be called "The Pickle Bros.". 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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Personal Quote:

[on cinematographer Robby Müller] I'd seen and admired his work, especially in Paris, Texas (1984), and that was the look I wanted. He had this great foreigner's eye for the [United] States, particularly the West Coast, and it was so fresh. He wasn't shooting cliches. He captured all those details usually overlooked in American films, and I wanted to do something that was very different from The ... See more »

Trivia:

Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist (1973) by producer William Peter Blatty after Blatty screened The French Connection (1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection". See more »

Trademark:

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

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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