William Wyler

1 Jul 1902 - 27 Jul 1981

Director, Producer

William Wyler (July 1, 1902 – July 27, 1981) was a leading American motion picture director, producer, and screenwriter.

Notable works included Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Mrs. Miniver (1942), all of which won Wyler Academy Awards for Best Director, and also won Best Picture. He earned his first Oscar nomination for directing Dodsworth in 1936, starring Walter Huston and Mary Astor, "sparking a 20-year run of almost unbroken greatness."

Film historian Ian Freer calls Wyler a "bona fide perfectionist," whose penchant for retakes and an attempt to hone every last nuance, "became the stuff of legend." His ability to direct a string of classic literary adaptations into huge box-office and critical successes made him one of "Hollywood's most bankable moviemakers" during the 1930s and 1940s.

Other popular films include Funny Girl (1968), How to Steal a Million (1966), The Big Country (1958), Roman Holiday (1953), The Heiress (1949), The Letter (1940), The Westerner (1940), Wuthering Heights (1939), Jezebel (1938), Dodsworth (1936), A House Divided (1931), and Hell's Heroes (1930).

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Filmography (28 titles)

(movie, 1970)
···The Liberation of L.B. Jones
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1968)
···Funny Girl
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Musical
Role: Director
(movie, 1966)
···How to Steal a Million
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1965)
···The Collector
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Director
(movie, 1961)
···The Children's Hour
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1959)
···Ben-Hur
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1958)
···The Big Country
Genre: Drama, Western, Romance
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1956)
···Friendly Persuasion
Genre: Drama, War, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1955)
···The Desperate Hours
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1953)
···Roman Holiday
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1952)
···Carrie
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1951)
···Detective Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Director
(movie, 1949)
···The Heiress
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1946)
···The Best Years of Our Lives
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1942)
···Mrs. Miniver
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1941)
···The Little Foxes
Genre: Romance, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1940)
···The Letter
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Role: Director
(movie, 1940)
···The Westerner
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1939)
···Wuthering Heights
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1938)
···Jezebel
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1937)
···Dead End
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1936)
···Dodsworth
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1935)
···The Good Fairy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1933)
···Counsellor at Law
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1932)
···Tom Brown of Culver
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1931)
···A House Divided
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 1929)
···Hell's Heroes
Genre: Drama, Western
Role: Director
(movie, 1929)
···The Shakedown
Genre: Drama
Role: Director