William Friedkin

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William Friedkin (; born August 29, 1935) is an American film and television director, producer and screenwriter closely identified with the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s. Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he is perhaps best known for directing the action thriller film The French Connection (1971), which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director, and the supernatural horror film The Exorcist (1973), which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. His other films include The Boys in the Band (1970), the suspense thriller Sorcerer (1977), the controversial crime film Cruising (1980), the action thriller To Live and Die in L.A. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Friedkin has received more than 1,888,759 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). William Friedkin is the 121st most popular film director (up from 153rd in 2019), the 803rd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,027th in 2019) and the 36th most popular American Film Director.

William Friedkin is most famous for directing the horror film The Exorcist.

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Among film directors, William Friedkin ranks 121 out of 1,580Before him are Mel Brooks, Peter Jackson, Ed Wood, Ang Lee, Jean-Pierre Melville, and George Cukor. After him are Roy Andersson, Giuseppe Tornatore, Zhang Yimou, Michael Cimino, Walter Hill, and Moustapha Akkad.

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Among people born in 1935, William Friedkin ranks 33Before him are Faisal II of Iraq, Mercedes Sosa, Mirella Freni, Gherman Titov, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Omar Bongo. After him are Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Maj Sjöwall, Giya Kancheli, Miroslav Blažević, Jim Peebles, and Danilo Kiš.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Friedkin ranks 803 out of 15,968Before him are Linda Lovelace (1949), Gena Rowlands (1930), James Earl Jones (1931), Lee Marvin (1924), Jack Palance (1919), and Kim Kardashian (1980). After him are Joseph Campbell (1904), Kevin Kline (1947), Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (1918), Maya Angelou (1928), Raymond Carver (1938), and Donald A. Glaser (1926).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, William Friedkin ranks 36Before him are Sam Peckinpah (1925), Jules Dassin (1911), Wes Craven (1939), Mel Brooks (1926), Ed Wood (1924), and George Cukor (1899). After him are Michael Cimino (1939), Walter Hill (1942), David Fincher (1962), Michael Mann (1943), D. W. Griffith (1875), and Michael Moore (1954).