Friedkin, William, 1935-

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William Friedkin (b. August 29, 1935, Chicago, Illinois) 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 French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973), the former of which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director. Some of his other films include the pioneering queer drama The Boys in the Band (1970), the international suspense thriller Sorcerer (1977), the highly controversial 1980 crime film Cruising (1980),[5][6] the action thriller To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), the psychological horror film Bug (2006), and the dark comedy Killer Joe (2011).
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referencedIn Women in Politics - 10/27/99 William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum
referencedIn Harvard Film Archive Visiting Directors Audio Collection, 2008. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Papers, 1917-1995 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Jeffry, Alix, 1929-1993. Photographs, 1952-1974 Harvard Theater Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Schulman, Arnold. The night they raided Minsky's, 1967 Sept. 18 / written by Arnold Schulman, Sidney Michaels, Norman Lear ; based on the book by Rowland Barber ; directed by William Friedkin ; produced by Norman Lear. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn William Wolf film & theater interview collection sound recordings The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Jeffry, Alix person
correspondedWith Marietta Tree person
associatedWith Schulman, Arnold. person
associatedWith Wolf, William person
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Chicago IL US
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Motion picture producers and directors


Birth 1935-08-29




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