William Friedkin

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William Friedkin
Friedkin in 2017
William David Friedkin

(1935-08-29)August 29, 1935
DiedAugust 7, 2023(2023-08-07) (aged 87)
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1965–2023
Spouse(s)Jeanne Moreau (1977–1979)
Lesley-Anne Down (1982–1985)
Kelly Lange (1987–1990)
Sherry Lansing (1991–2023)

William David Friedkin (August 29, 1935 – August 7, 2023)[1] was an American movie director, producer and screenwriter. He was best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973. He won the Academy Award for Best Director.[2]

Some of his other movie include Sorcerer, The Brink's Job, Cruising, Deal of the Century, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe.

Friedkin died on August 7, 2023 at his home in Los Angeles, California from heart failure and pneumonia at the age of 87.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Biskind, p. 200.
  2. Pfefferman, Naomi. "'Killer Joe's' William Friedkin: 'I Could Have Been a Very Violent Person'." Jewish Journal. August 2, 2012. Archived August 22, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Accessed 2013-04-29.
  3. Dagan, Carmel (7 August 2023). "William Friedkin, 'The Exorcist' Director, Dies at 87". Variety. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
  4. Grimes, William (August 7, 2023). "William Friedkin, Director of 'French Connection' and 'Exorcist,' Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2023.

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