King Vidor

Director + Producer + Screenwriter
Born Feb 8, 1894

King Wallis Vidor was an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter whose career spanned nearly seven decades. In 1979 he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his "incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator. " He was nominated five times for a Best Director Oscar, and won eight international film awards during his career.… Read More

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1894 Birth Born on February 8, 1894.
1900 6 Years Old Vidor ("vee-dor") was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. … Read More


1913 19 Years Old A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, Vidor made his debut as a director in 1913 with The Grand Military Parade.


1915 21 Years Old In Hollywood from 1915, he worked as a screenwriter and as director of a series of six short juvenile-delinquency films for Judge Willis Brown before directing his first feature, The Turn in the Road, in 1919. … Read More


1928 34 Years Old In 1928, Vidor received his first Oscar nomination, for The Crowd, widely regarded as his masterpiece and one of the greatest American silent films. … Read More


1962 68 Years Old In 1962 he was head of the jury at the 12th Berlin International Film Festival.
1969 75 Years Old In 1969 he was a member of the jury at the 6th Moscow International Film Festival. … Read More
…  In 1979, he was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his "incomparable achievements as a cinematic creator and innovator." … Read More
1982 89 Years Old Vidor died at age 88 of a heart ailment at his ranch in Paso Robles, California, on November 1, 1982. … Read More
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