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William Friedkin

Film Director
Born Aug 29, 1935

William Friedkin is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A. , The Guardian, Jade, Bug, and Killer Joe.… Read More

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1935 Birth Born on August 29, 1935.


1965 29 Years Old 1 More Event
As mentioned in Friedkin's voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, Friedkin directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called "Off Season". … Read More


1967 31 Years Old In 1967 he directed a TV pilot for the ABC network called "The Pickle Brothers". … Read More
1971 35 Years Old In 1971, his The French Connection was released to wide critical acclaim. … Read More
1972 36 Years Old …  The idea for the book itself actually came to Blatty while sitting in Friedkin's office in 1972 during the first film's production, as he read an article concerning the then atheist-run state of Albania executing a priest for baptizing a newborn infant. … Read More
1973 37 Years Old Friedkin followed up with 1973's The Exorcist, based on William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel, which revolutionized the horror genre and is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. … Read More


1980 44 Years Old In 1980, he directed the highly controversial gay-themed crime thriller Cruising, starring Al Pacino, which was protested against even during its making and remains the subject of heated debate. … Read More


2007 71 Years Old Friedkin's involvement in 2007's Bug resulted from a positive experience watching the stage version in 2004. … Read More
2009 73 Years Old Justin Green, in the 2009 edition of his 1972 graphic novel Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, says Friedkin is his first cousin.
2010 74 Years Old In June 2010, author William Peter Blatty, promoting his latest novel, revealed that Friedkin had committed to direct the feature film adaptation of his thriller, Dimiter.
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