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 film director, producer and screenwriter. His career in Hollywood spanned five decades, and he is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Classical Hollywood cinema. He became a screenwriter while living in Berlin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Wilder has received more than 2,584,372 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Billy Wilder is the 32nd most popular film director (up from 39th in 2019), the 67th most popular biography from Austria (up from 75th in 2019) and the 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 32 out of 1,580Before him are Michelangelo Antonioni, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, and Ken Loach. After him are Fritz Lang, Roberto Rossellini, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wim Wenders, Vittorio De Sica, and Isao Takahata.

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Among people born in 1906, Billy Wilder ranks 14Before him are Grace Hopper, Luchino Visconti, Kurt Gödel, Henri Charrière, Victor Vasarely, and Albert Hofmann. After him are Faisal of Saudi Arabia, Ilse Koch, Roberto Rossellini, Sergei Korolev, Josephine Baker, and Emmanuel Levinas. Among people deceased in 2002, Billy Wilder ranks 9Before him are Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Pierre Bourdieu, Simo Häyhä, Thor Heyerdahl, John Rawls, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. After him are Richard Harris, László Kubala, Chuck Jones, Traudl Junge, Vavá, and Prince Claus of the Netherlands.

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Among people born in Austria, Billy Wilder ranks 67 out of 1,075Before him are Christian Doppler (1803), Alois Hitler (1837), Hedy Lamarr (1914), Robert Musil (1880), Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527), and Alban Berg (1885). After him are Kurt Waldheim (1918), Maria Carolina of Austria (1752), Fritz Lang (1890), Oskar Kokoschka (1886), Heinrich Harrer (1912), and Archduke Franz Karl of Austria (1802).


Among film directors born in Austria, Billy Wilder ranks 1After him are Fritz Lang (1890), Erich von Stroheim (1885), Josef von Sternberg (1894), Max Reinhardt (1873), Alexander Korda (1893), Ernst Marischka (1893), Richard Oswald (1880), Ulrich Seidl (1952), Harald Reinl (1908), Gustav Ucicky (1899), and Francis Lawrence (1971).