F. W. Murnau

1888 - 1931

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Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe; December 28, 1888 – March 11, 1931) was a German film director, producer and screenwriter. He was greatly influenced by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Shakespeare and Ibsen plays he had seen at the age of 12, and became a friend of director Max Reinhardt. During World War I he served in the Imperial German Army, initially as an infantry company commander on the Eastern Front. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of F. W. Murnau has received more than 784,018 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). F. W. Murnau is the 69th most popular film director (down from 62nd in 2019), the 422nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 405th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Film Director.

F. W. Murnau is most famous for his 1922 film Nosferatu, which is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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Among film directors, F. W. Murnau ranks 69 out of 1,580Before him are Paul Verhoeven, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Abbas Kiarostami, Frank Capra, Robert Zemeckis, and Alain Resnais. After him are Luc Besson, Terrence Malick, George A. Romero, Ernst Lubitsch, Howard Hawks, and Takeshi Kitano.

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Among people born in 1888, F. W. Murnau ranks 20Before him are Raymond Chandler, Jean Monnet, C. V. Raman, T. S. Eliot, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, and Gerrit Rietveld. After him are Friedrich Fromm, Johannes Itten, Roland Garros, Alexander Friedmann, Anton Makarenko, and Friedrich Olbricht. Among people deceased in 1931, F. W. Murnau ranks 15Before him are Albert A. Michelson, Otto Wallach, Omar Mukhtar, Theo van Doesburg, Hussein bin Ali, Sharif of Mecca, and Carl Nielsen. After him are Joseph Joffre, Erik Axel Karlfeldt, Bhagat Singh, Hermann Müller, Peter Kürten, and Martinus Beijerinck.

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Among people born in Germany, F. W. Murnau ranks 422 out of 5,289Before him are Ananda Mahidol (1925), Wassily Leontief (1906), Erich Kästner (1899), Jean Paul (1763), Georgy Lvov (1861), and Niklas Luhmann (1927). After him are Roland Freisler (1893), Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834), Friedrich Fromm (1888), Robert Ley (1890), and Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864).


Among film directors born in Germany, F. W. Murnau ranks 6Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), Werner Herzog (1942), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945). After him are Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Robert Siodmak (1900).