William Wyler

1902 - 1981

William Wyler

William Wyler (; born Willi Wyler (German: [ˈvɪlɪ ˈvi:lɐ]); July 1, 1902 – July 27, 1981) was a Swiss-German film director, producer and screenwriter. Notable works include Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Ben-Hur (1959), all of which won him the Academy Awards for Best Director, and Best Picture, making him the only director of three Best Picture winners. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Wyler has received more than 1,003,021 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 59th most popular film director.

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Among film directors, William Wyler ranks 60 out of 1,305Before him are Claude Chabrol, Abbas Kiarostami, Roger Vadim, Terry Gilliam, Chuck Jones, and Alain Resnais. After him are F. W. Murnau, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Éric Rohmer, Yasujirō Ozu, Luc Besson, and Frank Capra.

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Among people born in 1902, William Wyler ranks 22Before him are Eugene Wigner, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Kurt Alder, Alfred Kastler, Walter Houser Brattain, and Josemaría Escrivá. After him are Arne Jacobsen, Arne Tiselius, Barbara McClintock, Alva Myrdal, Harold Lasswell, and Marcel Breuer. Among people deceased in 1981, William Wyler ranks 8Before him are Anwar Sadat, Jacques Lacan, Albert Speer, Moshe Dayan, Max Euwe, and Hans Adolf Krebs. After him are Béla Guttmann, Odd Hassel, Natalie Wood, Hideki Yukawa, Harold Urey, and Bill Haley.

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Among people born in France, William Wyler ranks 545 out of 4,109Before him are Alaric II (458), Louis Aragon (1897), Karl Brandt (1904), Alain Resnais (1922), Michel Legrand (1932), and Auguste Escoffier (1847). After him are Maurice Utrillo (1883), Camille Flammarion (1842), Paul Langevin (1872), Theuderic I (485), Hilary of Poitiers (315), and Éric Rohmer (1920).


Among film directors born in France, William Wyler ranks 9Before him are Georges Méliès (1861), François Truffaut (1932), Jacques Tati (1907), Claude Chabrol (1930), Roger Vadim (1928), and Alain Resnais (1922). After him are Éric Rohmer (1920), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Robert Bresson (1901), René Clair (1898), and Louis Malle (1932).

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