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

Filmography

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 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 Barbra Streisand: Somewhere (Music Video)
 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 | Bill 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:

I don't like to spell things out for an audience. I don't like to have the audience know where the next scene is gonna be or where the next shot is gonna be - that's something called 'show and tell.' A typical example of that would be when one character says to another, 'I'm gonna meet you around the corner in a half an hour.' And the next cut is to - around the corner in half an hour! A lot of ... See more »

Trivia:

His music video for Laura Branigan's song "Self Control" has never been shown in its entirety on MTV. Friedkin's uncut version features a brief shot of a female breast. See more »

Trademark:

[Car Chase] His films often feature a pivotal car chase (The French Connection (1971), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Jade (1995)). See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

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