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Billy Wilder

1906 - 2002

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Billy Wilder (; German: [ˈvɪldɐ]; born Samuel Wilder; June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-American filmmaker. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classic Hollywood cinema. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Wilder has received more than 3,177,435 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Billy Wilder is the 33rd most popular film director (down from 32nd in 2019), the 66th most popular biography from Austria (up from 67th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Film Director.

Billy Wilder is most famous for his comedies, which include Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and The Lost Weekend.

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Among film directors, Billy Wilder ranks 33 out of 1,581Before him are Konstantin Stanislavski, David Lynch, Krzysztof Kieślowski, George Lucas, Fritz Lang, and Quentin Tarantino. After him are Roberto Rossellini, John Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Vittorio De Sica, Wim Wenders, and Andrzej Wajda.

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Among people born in 1906, Billy Wilder ranks 13Before him are Luchino Visconti, Grace Hopper, Josephine Baker, Aristotle Onassis, Kurt Gödel, and Ilse Koch. After him are Roberto Rossellini, Albert Hofmann, Victor Vasarely, Sergei Korolev, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Among people deceased in 2002, Billy Wilder ranks 9Before him are Astrid Lindgren, Simo Häyhä, Pierre Bourdieu, Thor Heyerdahl, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and John Rawls. After him are Richard Harris, Vavá, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Traudl Junge, László Kubala, and Niki de Saint Phalle.

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Among people born in Austria, Billy Wilder ranks 66 out of 1,237Before him are Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), Maria Carolina of Austria (1752), Anton Webern (1883), Peter Drucker (1909), Josef Bican (1913), and Fritz Lang (1890). After him are Carl Czerny (1791), Martin Buber (1878), Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria (1833), Melanie Klein (1882), Pope Gregory V (972), and Maria Anna Mozart (1751).


Among film directors born in Austria, Billy Wilder ranks 2Before him are Fritz Lang (1890). After him are Erich von Stroheim (1885), Josef von Sternberg (1894), Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Gustav Ucicky (1899), Hans Hass (1919), Richard Oswald (1880), Harald Reinl (1908), and Ulrich Seidl (1952).