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William Wyler

1902 - 1981

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William Wyler (; born Willi Wyler (German: [ˈvɪli ˈvi:lɐ]); July 1, 1902 – July 27, 1981) was a Swiss-German-American film director and producer who won the Academy Award for Best Director three times, those being for Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Ben-Hur (1959), all of which also won for Best Picture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Wyler has received more than 1,578,515 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). William Wyler is the 52nd most popular film director (up from 57th in 2019), the 455th most popular biography from France (up from 491st in 2019) and the 7th most popular French Film Director.

William Wyler is most famous for directing and producing the film "Ben-Hur" in 1959. He also directed "Mrs. Miniver" in 1942, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director.

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Among film directors, William Wyler ranks 52 out of 1,581Before him are Lars von Trier, Éric Rohmer, Abbas Kiarostami, Jacques Tati, Emir Kusturica, and Takeshi Kitano. After him are Brian De Palma, Sydney Pollack, Roger Vadim, Theo Angelopoulos, Werner Herzog, and Isao Takahata.

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Among people born in 1902, William Wyler ranks 19Before him are Fernand Braudel, Ray Kroc, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Barbara McClintock, Eugene Wigner, and Nâzım Hikmet. After him are Alfred Kastler, Walter Houser Brattain, Kurt Alder, Josemaría Escrivá, Arne Tiselius, and Meyer Lansky. Among people deceased in 1981, William Wyler ranks 8Before him are Anwar Sadat, Jacques Lacan, Albert Speer, Moshe Dayan, Eugenio Montale, and Natalie Wood. After him are Max Euwe, Soong Ching-ling, Frederica of Hanover, Hans Adolf Krebs, William Holden, and Hideki Yukawa.

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Among people born in France, William Wyler ranks 455 out of 6,011Before him are Jean Lannes (1769), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), André Derain (1880), Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786), André Maurois (1885), and Hippolyte Taine (1828). After him are Alexandre Cabanel (1823), Hector Malot (1830), Robert Campin (1375), Adolphe Adam (1803), Louis, Dauphin of France (1729), and J. M. G. Le Clézio (1940).


Among film directors born in France, William Wyler ranks 7Before him are Roman Polanski (1933), Jean-Luc Godard (1930), François Truffaut (1932), Georges Méliès (1861), Éric Rohmer (1920), and Jacques Tati (1907). After him are Roger Vadim (1928), Claude Chabrol (1930), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Robert Bresson (1901), and Alain Resnais (1922).