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".