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 1,394,420 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). William Wyler is the 57th most popular film director (up from 61st in 2019), the 492nd most popular biography from France (up from 544th in 2019) and the 8th 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 57 out of 1,580Before him are Roger Vadim, Chuck Jones, Agnès Varda, Theo Angelopoulos, Franco Zeffirelli, and Werner Herzog. After him are Claude Chabrol, Yasujirō Ozu, Terry Gilliam, Emir Kusturica, Elia Kazan, and Paul Verhoeven.

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Among people born in 1902, William Wyler ranks 17Before him are Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Georgy Malenkov, Nâzım Hikmet, and Saud of Saudi Arabia. After him are Eugene Wigner, Arne Jacobsen, Barbara McClintock, Marcel Breuer, Josemaría Escrivá, and Alfred Kastler. Among people deceased in 1981, William Wyler ranks 7Before him are Bob Marley, Anwar Sadat, Jacques Lacan, Albert Speer, Moshe Dayan, and Max Euwe. After him are Hans Adolf Krebs, Marcel Breuer, Frederica of Hanover, Soong Ching-ling, Natalie Wood, and William Holden.

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Among people born in France, William Wyler ranks 492 out of 5,234Before him are Francis, Duke of Guise (1519), Marie Tussaud (1761), Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647), Gabriel Marcel (1889), Alfred de Musset (1810), and Marius Petipa (1818). After him are Pérotin (1160), Claude Chabrol (1930), Maurice de Vlaminck (1876), Charles Richet (1850), Fernandel (1903), and Stephen, King of England (1095).


Among film directors born in France, William Wyler ranks 8Before him are Jean-Luc Godard (1930), Georges Méliès (1861), François Truffaut (1932), Jacques Tati (1907), Éric Rohmer (1920), and Roger Vadim (1928). After him are Claude Chabrol (1930), Alain Resnais (1922), Luc Besson (1959), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Louis Malle (1932), and Robert Bresson (1901).