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William Friedkin


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 19 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The French Connection
(1971)
The Exorcist
The Exorcist Director
(1973)
Killer Joe
Killer Joe Director
(2011)
Bug
Bug Director
(2006)

Filmography

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 2017 The Devil and Father Amorth (Documentary)
 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)
- Jailbreakers (1994)
 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)
 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 (Video short)
 1984 Laura Branigan: Self Control (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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Other Works:

Opera: Directed "Salome" by Richard Strauss, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Germany. NOTE: This was the first opera he directed. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Interviews | 7 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Billy Friedkin

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

It's only in recent years that people have elevated a film like Psycho (1960) to the status of a classic. When it came out in 1960 it was pretty much roundly denounced as a scary film but not of much value. Because in those days the horror genre was really sort of a rock bottom, you know, fringe thing. And [Alfred Hitchcock] himself had never made a film as violent or terrifying as that. He's the... See more »

Trivia:

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 372-375. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently works with William Petersen See more »

Nickname:

Hurricane Billy

Star Sign:

Virgo

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