W. S. Van Dyke

1889 - 1943

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Woodbridge Strong "W. S." Van Dyke II (Woody) (March 21, 1889 – February 5, 1943) was an American film director and writer who made several successful early sound films, including Tarzan the Ape Man in 1932, The Thin Man in 1934, San Francisco in 1936, and six popular musicals with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. He received two Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Thin Man and San Francisco, and directed four actors to Oscar nominations: William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Norma Shearer, and Robert Morley. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. S. Van Dyke has received more than 160,530 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). W. S. Van Dyke is the 675th most popular film director (down from 626th in 2019), the 4,375th most popular biography from United States (down from 3,940th in 2019) and the 175th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, W. S. Van Dyke ranks 675 out of 1,580. Before him are Michel Hazanavicius, Andrew Blake, Elmar Klos, Gordon Douglas, Richard Oswald, and Bruno Bozzetto. After him are Jean Rollin, Ulrich Seidl, Baz Luhrmann, Aleksandr Ptushko, David Zucker, and Ann Hui.

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Among people born in 1889, W. S. Van Dyke ranks 149Before him are Maria Dąbrowska, Paul Deman, Luis Miguel Sánchez Cerro, Gottfried Fuchs, Erich Pommer, and Gerhard Marcks. After him are Joseph Laniel, Bernhard Karlgren, Georges Thierry d'Argenlieu, Julius Skutnabb, Géo André, and Otto Tief. Among people deceased in 1943, W. S. Van Dyke ranks 111Before him are Tōson Shimazaki, Maria Restituta Kafka, Doris Miller, Gyula Peidl, Richard Sears, and A. Merritt. After him are Alojs Andritzki, Kočo Racin, Walter Thiel, Géo André, René de Saussure, and W. W. Jacobs.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. S. Van Dyke ranks 4,375 out of 15,968. Before him are Bret Harte (1836), Willis Reed (1942), Peggy Lipton (1946), Olivia Wilde (1984), Conan O'Brien (1963), and Annie Potts (1952). After him are Hedda Hopper (1885), Mark Tobey (1890), Gladys Knight (1944), Pat Benatar (1953), George Dewey (1837), and Nelson A. Miles (1839).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, W. S. Van Dyke ranks 175Before him are Sean S. Cunningham (1941), Ted Post (1918), Tom Holland (1943), Brad Bird (1957), Andrew Blake (1947), and Gordon Douglas (1907). After him are David Zucker (1947), Stuart Rosenberg (1927), Mitchell Leisen (1898), Richard C. Sarafian (1930), James Mangold (1963), and Harold Becker (1928).