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 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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The Crowd Director
(1928)
Hallelujah Director
(1929)
Show People Director
(1928)
The Big Parade Director
(1925)

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)
 1913 Hurricane in Galveston (Short)
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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 Robert Donat] He is the only actor I have ever known who had a graph of his character development charted out on the wall of his dressing room. See more »

Trivia:

The Big Parade (1925) was a huge hit. When MGM discovered that a clause in Vidor's contract entitled him to 20% of the net profits, studio lawyers called a meeting with him. At the meeting, MGM accountants played up the costs of the picture while downgrading the studio forecast of its potential success. Vidor was persuaded to sell his stake in the film for a small sum. The film ran for 96 weeks ... See more »

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