William Friedkin

William Friedkin

Highest Rated: 98% The French Connection (1971)

Lowest Rated: 0% Good Times (1967)

Birthday: Aug 29, 1935

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

One of the most powerful film directors of the 1970's, Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin was representative of Hollywood's first wave of hip, hot, young super-directors. Famed for his boisterous talent and booming ego, Friedkin earned a reputation for drawing out brilliant performances from his actors - by whatever means necessary. While a few of the director's notoriously manipulative tactics seemed questionable, no one could argue their effectiveness. Just five years after making his feature film debut, Friedkin snagged the Best Director Oscar for "The French Connection" (1971). The director's landmark achievement, however, would be his 1973 filmic adaptation of William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist." A landmark in special effects, make-up and storytelling, "The Exorcist" grossed - and grossed-out - millions. Noted for the stylized documentary look of his dramas, Friedkin's talents catapulted him to the front rank of American directors. The husband of former Paramount Pictures head honcho, Sherry Lansing since 1991, Friedkin's career remained active well into the next century.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
91% 82% Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist Unknown (Character) - 2019
86% No Score Yet Friedkin Uncut Himself (Character) - 2018
44% 21% The Devil and Father Amorth Himself (Character),
Director,
Writer
$20.4K 2017
73% No Score Yet Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Himself (Character) $15.5K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Algren Unknown (Character) - 2014
79% 61% Killer Joe Director $2M 2011
62% 34% Bug Director $7M 2006
29% 47% The Hunted Director $34.2M 2003
36% 55% Rules of Engagement Director $61.3M 2000
88% 88% Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen Director - 2000
92% 87% 12 Angry Men Director - 1997
14% 27% Jade Director $9.2M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jailbreakers Director - 1994
37% 51% Blue Chips Director $21.8M 1994
30% 32% The Guardian Director,
Screenwriter
$16.1M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf Director - 1988
44% 51% Rampage Director $322.5K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad Director - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet C.A.T. Squad: Stalking Danger Director - 1986
91% 78% To Live and Die in L.A. Director,
Writer
$16.6M 1985
11% 17% Deal of the Century Director - 1983
51% 48% Cruising Director,
Writer
- 1980
75% 56% The Brink's Job Director - 1978
79% 84% Sorcerer Director,
Producer
- 1977
83% 87% The Exorcist Director $441.4M 1973
98% 87% The French Connection Director - 1971
89% 88% The Boys in the Band Director - 1970
67% 45% The Night They Raided Minsky's Director - 1968
No Score Yet 76% The Birthday Party Director - 1968
0% 32% Good Times Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Paul Crump Director - 1962

TV

Credit
85% 76% The Simpsons Dr. Kenneth Humphries (Guest Voice) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood's Best Directors Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines With Barry Kibrick Guest 2013
No Score Yet 85% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Director 2009 2007
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Director 1965

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