William Friedkin


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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 20 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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

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)
 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)
 1986 Putting It Together: The Making of the Broadway Album (Video short) (uncredited)
 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 (Music Video short)
 1984 Laura Branigan: Self Control (Music 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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Personal Details

Other Works:

DVD commentary: Provided commentary for the Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD release of The Guardian (1990). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:

Sherry Lansing | See more »

Children:

Jackson Friedkin | See more »

Parents:

Louis Friedkin | Rae Friedkin
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Personal Quote:

[about the favorite movies he made] I'm very happy with Jade (1995), Rules of Engagement (2000), Killer Joe (2011), Bug (2006), The Exorcist (1973) . . . I would have to say Sorcerer (1977) and The French Connection (1971). Those come immediately to mind. And To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). And it's not that I achieved them, or realized them perfectly, but I did come very close to my vision of ... See more »

Trivia:

In an interview in Linda Ruth Williams' book "The Erotic Thriller in Contemporary Cinema", Friedkin said that Jade (1995) is his favorite of all his films. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently uses a hand-held camera in action sequences See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

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