King Vidor (1894–1982)


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King Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter of Hungarian descent. He was born in Galveston, Texas to lumberman Charles Shelton Vidor and his wife Kate Wallis. King's paternal grandfather Károly (Charles) Vidor had fled Hungary as a refugee following the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1848 (1849-1849). The Kingdom of ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Hallelujah Director
(1929)
The Big Parade Director
(1925)
Show People Director
(1928)
War and Peace Director
(1956)

Filmography

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 1980 The Metaphor (Documentary short)
 1973 A Personal Culture: Artist Tony Duquette (Documentary short)
 1964 Truth and Illusion: An Introduction to Metaphysics (Documentary short) (as Nicholas Rodiv)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Wizard of Oz (1956) ... (archive footage, uncredited)
 1956 War and Peace
 1954 Light's Diamond Jubilee (TV Movie documentary)
 1952 Ruby Gentry
 1940 Comrade X
 1939 The Wizard of Oz (director: Kansas scenes - uncredited)
 1938 The Citadel
 1937 Stella Dallas
 1932 Cynara
 1931/I The Champ (uncredited)
 1931 Street Scene
 1930 Billy the Kid
 1930 Not So Dumb
 1929 Hallelujah
 1928 Show People
 1928 The Patsy
 1928 The Crowd
 1926 La Bohème
 1925 Proud Flesh
 1924 His Hour
 1924 Wine of Youth
 1924 Happiness
 1924 Wild Oranges
 1922 Dusk to Dawn
 1921 The Sky Pilot
 1920 The Family Honor (as King W. Vidor)
 1919 The Other Half (as King W. Vidor)
 1919 Better Times (as King W. Vidor)
 1918 Kid Politics (Short)
 1918 The Case of Bennie (Short)
 1918 The Three Fives (Short)
 1918 Dog vs. Dog (Short)
 1918 Love of Bob (Short)
 1918 I'm a Man (Short)
 1918 A Boy Built City (Short)
 1918 The Preacher's Son (Short)
 1918 The Rebellion (Short)
 1918 Thief or Angel (Short)
 1918 The Accusing Toe (Short)
 1918 Marrying Off Dad (Short)
 1918 Tad's Swimming Hole (Short)
 1918 The Lost Lie (Short)
 1918 The Chocolate of the Gang (Short)
 1918 Bud's Recruit (Short) (as King W. Vidor)
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Show Show Actor (6 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (5 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (1 credit)
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Show Show Self (26 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Author of _King Vidor On Film Making_ (New York: David McKay, 1972), an excellent book on the subject. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 26 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nicholas Rodiv | King W. Vidor

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on the chaotic conditions of early Hollywood] Men who had never been inside a studio were given directing assignments on pure bluff. They wouldn't have the slightest notion of what a camera could do. Some of these ne'er-do-wells would turn out several pictures before being discovered; by the time busy executives got around to viewing their initial efforts, they would be well into their third ... See more »

Trivia:

His wartime drama The Big Parade (1925) cost about $200,000. However, MGM production chief Irving Thalberg was so impressed by the rough cut that he ordered additional war footage to be shot in order to bolster production values. That extra footage brought the cost of the film up to $380,000. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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