Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter
William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer,...Wikipedia
Born: 29th August, 1935, Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6' 0" (183 cm)
Claim to Fame: French Connection; The Exorcist
In 1985, was sued for plagiarism by Michael Mann, who claimed that To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) stole the entire concept of Mann's TV series "Miami Vice" (1984). Mann lost the lawsuit.
He directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair. Hackman won an Oscar for The French Connection (1971).
By the time a film of mine makes it into the theaters, I have a love-hate relationship with it. There is always something I could have done to make it better.
Technique is of less interest than character and story.
Murder never tasted so good.
When a debt puts a young man's life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.