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
Profiled in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly", E.M. Walker, D.T. Johnson, eds. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Has two sons: Jack with Lesley-Anne Down and Cedric with Australian dancer Jennifer Nairn-Smith.
I consider myself just another member of the crew, the highest paid member of the crew.
[after directing The French Connection (1971)] Each picture I`ve done so far has been for different reasons. The Birthday Party (1968), for instance, was purely a labor of love. I wanted to do [Harold Pinter]. Others were to advance my career, to get better assignments. I have no regard for and no knowledge of the value of money, I`m not saying that`s a virtue, just a fact. For me, the greatest thrill in the world, the only thrill, is getting 20 seconds on the screen that really gases you.
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.