Robert Wise

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  • Birth Name: Robert Earl Wise
  • Birth Place: Winchester, Indiana, United States
  • Died: September 14, 2005
  • Profession: Director, Editor, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Met his first wife, Patricia Doyle, on the set of 1940's My Favorite Wife, where she was the stand-in for star Irene Dunne and he was the film's editor.
  • The War Department in Washington, DC, turned down his request to borrow military equipment for his 1951 antiwar film The Day the Earth Stood Still, but producers were able to procure the necessary props from the National Guard of Virginia.
  • To prepare for the execution scene in 1958's I Want to Live!, he attended an actual execution.
  • Had to leave Indiana's Franklin College in his sophomore year because of his family's financial situation, but the school swarded him an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 1968.
  • In an Academy Awards first, he and Jerome Robbins shared the Best Director Oscar for West Side Story (1961).
  • Served as president of the Directors Guild of America (1971-75) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (1984-87).
  • Made his screen acting debut in John Landis' The Stupids (1996).
  • In 1998, he received the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award and the library of the Directors Guild of America was named in his honor.

Awards

  • 1961, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1987, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1966, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Achievement in Film Editing: Nominee
  • 1966, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1956, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1961, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1965, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1962, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1966, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1982, Directors Guild of America Awards — Honorary Life Member: Winner
  • 1983, Directors Guild of America Awards — Robert B. Aldrich Service Award: Winner
  • 1958, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1998, Critics' Choice Awards — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1965, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1954, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1952, Golden Globe — Promoting International Understanding: Winner
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Promoting International Understanding: Nominee
  • 2000, Directors Guild of America Awards — Presidents Award: Winner
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1958, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee

Relationships

  • Lloyd Wise — Brother
  • Earl W. Wise — Father
  • Patricia Doyle — Wife (deceased)
  • David Wise — Brother
  • Millicent Franklin — Wife
  • Robert E. Wise — Son
  • Olive R. Wise — Mother

College

  • Attended Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Robert Earl Wise
  • Birth Place: Winchester, Indiana, United States
  • Died: September 14, 2005
  • Profession: Director, Editor, Producer

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