William Friedkin

  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
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Fast Facts

  • Got his start in the entertainment industry working in the mail room of a Chicago TV station, where he quickly rose through the ranks to the role of director.
  • Made his feature-film debut in 1967 with the Sonny and Cher musical spoof Good Times.
  • Rose to fame with two back-to-back, Oscar-winning smashes, The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973).
  • Formed the Directors Company with Peter Bogdanovich and Francis Ford Coppola in 1973; the partnership lasted just one year.
  • Staged his first opera, Alban Berg's Wozzeck, in 1998 in Florence, Italy.

Awards

  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2013, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1973, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1973, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Direction: Nominee
  • 1971, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2016, Robert Awards — Honorary Robert: Winner

Relationships

  • Jennifer Nairn-Smith — Ex-fiancée
  • Jack Friedkin — Son
  • Frances FitzGerald — Ex-significant Other
  • Lesley-Anne Down — Ex-wife
  • Kelly Lange — Ex-wife
  • Louis Friedkin — Father
  • Cedric Friedkin — Son
  • Sherry Lansing — Wife
  • Jeanne Moreau — Ex-wife
  • Kitty Hawks — Ex-fiancée
  • Rae Friedkin — Mother

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