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William Friedkin

Writer, Director, Producer
29 August 1935 to 7 August 2023

An American director, writer and producer, who won an Academy Award and was nominated for a BAFTA for his direction of crime thriller The French Connection (1971) – the film also won Best Picture at the Oscars. William Friedkin was one of the great filmmakers of his generation, directing such classics as The Exorcist (1973), for which he was Oscar nominated again; Sorcerer (1977); Cruising (1980); To Live and Die in L.A. (1985); Jade (1995); Rules of Engagement (2000); Bug (2006); and Killer Joe (2011). Other notable films included Good Times (1965), Rampage (1987), The Guardian (1990), the feature-length television version of 12 Angry Men (1997), which earned him an Emmy nomination, and The Devil and Father Amorth (2017). His final work, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, was completed before his death and will premiere in 2023.

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