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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was an Austria/Hungarian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people who have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film (The Apartment).

Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He relocated to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit as a co-writer of the screenplay to the screwball comedy Ninotchka. Wilder established his directorial reputation after helming Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir he co-wrote with mystery novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend, about alcoholism. In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard.

From the mid-1950s on, Wilder made mostly comedies. Among the classics Wilder created in this period are the farces The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959), satires such as The Apartment (1960), and the romantic comedy Sabrina (1954). He directed fourteen different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. Wilder was recognized with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986. In 1988, Wilder was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Wilder holds a significant place in the history of Hollywood censorship for expanding the range of acceptable subject matter.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was an Austria/Hungarian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people who have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film (The Apartment).

Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He relocated to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit as a co-writer of the screenplay to the screwball comedy Ninotchka. Wilder established his directorial reputation after helming Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir he co-wrote with mystery novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend, about alcoholism. In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard.

From the mid-1950s on, Wilder made mostly comedies. Among the classics Wilder created in this period are the farces The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Some Like It Hot (1959), satires such as The Apartment (1960), and the romantic comedy Sabrina (1954). He directed fourteen different actors in Oscar-nominated performances. Wilder was recognized with the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1986. In 1988, Wilder was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Wilder holds a significant place in the history of Hollywood censorship for expanding the range of acceptable subject matter.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Billy Wilder, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1906-06-22

Day of Death 2002-03-27

Place of Birth Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1982 Witness for the ProsecutionScreenplay
1981 Buddy BuddyWriter
1978 FedoraWriter
1974 The Front PageScreenplay
1973 Double IndemnityScreenplay
1972 Avanti!Screenplay
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock HolmesWriter
1966 The Fortune CookieScreenplay
1964 Kiss Me, StupidScreenplay
1963 Irma la DouceScreenplay
1961 One, Two, ThreeScreenplay
1960 The ApartmentScreenplay
1959 Some Like It HotScreenplay
1957 Witness for the ProsecutionScreenplay
1957 Love in the AfternoonScreenplay
1957 The Spirit of St. LouisScreenplay
1955 The Seven Year ItchScreenplay
1954 Emil und die DetektiveScreenplay
1954 SabrinaScreenplay
1953 Stalag 17Writer
1953 Stalag 17Screenplay
1951 Ace in the HoleWriter
1950 Sunset BoulevardScreenplay
1948 A Song Is BornWriter
1948 A Foreign AffairScreenplay
1948 The Emperor WaltzWriter
1945 The Lost WeekendScreenplay
1944 Double IndemnityScreenplay
1943 Five Graves to CairoScreenplay
1942 The Major and the MinorWriter
1941 Ball of FireOriginal Story
1941 Ball of FireScreenplay
1941 Hold Back the DawnWriter
1940 Arise, My LoveScreenplay
1940 Rhythm on the RiverStory
1939 NinotchkaScreenplay
1939 What a LifeScreenplay
1939 MidnightScreenplay
1938 Bluebeard's Eighth WifeScreenplay
1937 Champagne WaltzStory
1935 The Lottery LoverScreenplay
1935 Emil and the DetectiveScreenplay
1934 Music in the AirScreenplay
1934 One Exciting AdventureStory
1934 Bad SeedWriter
1933 AdorableWriter
1933 What Women DreamScreenplay
1932 The Blue of HeavenScreenplay
1932 Where Is This Lady?Story
1932 Ein Madel der StrasseWriter
1932 A Blonde's DreamWriter
1932 Es war einmal ein WalzerWriter
1931 Emil and the DetectivesScreenplay
1931 Her Grace CommandsWriter
1931 Looking for His MurdererScreenplay
1930 People on SundayScreenplay

Directing

1981 Buddy BuddyDirector
1978 FedoraDirector
1974 The Front PageDirector
1972 Avanti!Director
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock HolmesDirector
1966 The Fortune CookieDirector
1964 Kiss Me, StupidDirector
1963 Irma la DouceDirector
1961 One, Two, ThreeDirector
1960 The ApartmentDirector
1959 Some Like It HotDirector
1957 Witness for the ProsecutionDirector
1957 Love in the AfternoonDirector
1957 The Spirit of St. LouisDirector
1955 The Seven Year ItchDirector
1954 SabrinaDirector
1953 Stalag 17Director
1951 Ace in the HoleDirector
1950 Sunset BoulevardDirector
1948 A Foreign AffairDirector
1948 The Emperor WaltzDirector
1945 The Lost WeekendDirector
1945 Die TodesmühlenDirector
1944 Double IndemnityDirector
1943 Five Graves to CairoDirector
1942 The Major and the MinorDirector
1934 Bad SeedDirector

Production

1978 FedoraProducer
1972 Avanti!Producer
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock HolmesProducer
1966 The Fortune CookieProducer
1964 Kiss Me, StupidProducer
1963 Irma la DouceProducer
1961 One, Two, ThreeProducer
1960 The ApartmentProducer
1959 Some Like It HotProducer
1955 The Seven Year ItchProducer
1954 SabrinaProducer
1953 Stalag 17Producer
1951 Ace in the HoleProducer
1945 Die TodesmühlenProducer

Acting

2014 Night Will Fall as Himself (archive footage)
2009 Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood as Himself (archive footage)
2007 Helmut by June
2006 The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot' as Himself [archival footage]
2006 The Making of 'Some Like It Hot' as Himself [archival footage]
2006 Billy Wilder Speaks
1998 Billy Wilder: The Human Comedy as Himself
1995 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies as Himself
1992 Billy, How Did You Do It? as Himself
1982 Portrait of a '60% Perfect Man': Billy Wilder as Himself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1978 The Hollywood Greats: Charles Laughton as Interviewee
1956 Cinépanorama(52 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)

Crew

2006 The Making of 'Some Like It Hot'Thanks
2006 The Legacy of 'Some Like It Hot'Thanks

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