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
While on his first directing assignment for "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962), he was reprimanded by Alfred Hitchcock for not wearing a tie.
Was offered the chance to direct The Exorcist (1973) by producer William Peter Blatty after Blatty screened The French Connection (1971). Warner Bros. had been pressuring him to use another director but after seeing the Friedkin's film, Blatty decided he wanted the film of his novel to be infused with as much energy as Friedkin had brought to "The French Connection".
Directing is the provenance of younger guys. When I broke into film, I had no specific genius. I was just young. That`s how I did it. The studios feel that movies are all about a youth movement, and they always have. That`s why Orson Welles got to make Citizen Kane (1941) at 25. It`s also why Billy Wilder at the end of his career, when he was smarter, wittier and more energetic than most directors half his age, couldn`t even get a meeting.
The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor`s work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels.
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.