William Peter Blatty

1928 - 2017

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William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer, director and producer. He is best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist, for which he won the Academy Award for the screenplay of its film adaptation and was nominated for Best Picture as its producer. The film also earned Blatty the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama as producer. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Peter Blatty has received more than 1,062,607 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). William Peter Blatty is the 2,147th most popular writer (down from 1,924th in 2019), the 2,681st most popular biography from United States (down from 2,275th in 2019) and the 262nd most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, William Peter Blatty ranks 2,147 out of 5,794Before him are Bernard Palissy, Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Ahmad ibn Arabshah, André Frossard, Antonio Skármeta, and Ilse Aichinger. After him are Auguste Maquet, Édouard Drumont, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Vladimir Posner, Giovanni Pascoli, and Jean-Baptiste Dubos.

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Among people born in 1928, William Peter Blatty ranks 175Before him are Nguyễn Văn Thuận, Eunice Gayson, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Enrique Bolaños, Leyla Gencer, and Germà Colón. After him are Victor Stănculescu, Nicolas Hayek, Nick Holonyak, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Ali Kafi, and Bill Mollison. Among people deceased in 2017, William Peter Blatty ranks 133Before him are Kate Millett, Raymond Smullyan, Manuel Sanchís Martínez, Heinz Kessler, John Hillerman, and Lubomyr Husar. After him are Infanta Alicia, Duchess of Calabria, Frank Vincent, Ángel Nieto, Miguel Ferrer, Dionigi Tettamanzi, and Umberto Lenzi.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Peter Blatty ranks 2,681 out of 15,968Before him are Scatman Crothers (1910), Arthur Kennedy (1914), Jill St. John (1940), Fess Parker (1924), Jeffrey Hunter (1926), and Richard Holbrooke (1941). After him are Lead Belly (1888), James Baker (1930), Wallace Shawn (1943), Steve Perry (1949), Eddie Adams (1933), and Sixto Rodriguez (1942).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, William Peter Blatty ranks 262Before him are Winston Groom (1943), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), Robert Jordan (1948), Ida Tarbell (1857), Harlan Ellison (1934), and Anne McCaffrey (1926). After him are August Derleth (1909), Alfred Bester (1913), John Barth (1930), David Eddings (1931), Fritz Leiber (1910), and Leon Uris (1924).