Biography

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 72

Birthday 1906-06-22

Day of Death 2002-03-27

Place of Birth Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1995 Sabrina Screenplay
1982 Witness for the Prosecution Screenplay
1981 Buddy Buddy Writer
1978 Fedora Writer
1974 The Front Page Screenplay
1973 Double Indemnity Screenplay
1972 Avanti! Screenplay
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Writer
1966 The Fortune Cookie Screenplay
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid Screenplay
1963 Irma la Douce Screenplay
1961 One, Two, Three Screenplay
1960 The Apartment Screenplay
1959 Some Like It Hot Screenplay
1957 Witness for the Prosecution Screenplay
1957 Love in the Afternoon Screenplay
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis Screenplay
1955 The Seven Year Itch Screenplay
1954 Emil and the Detectives Screenplay
1954 Sabrina Screenplay
1953 Stalag 17 Writer Screenplay
1951 Ace in the Hole Writer
1950 Sunset Boulevard Screenplay
1948 A Song Is Born Writer
1948 A Foreign Affair Screenplay
1948 The Emperor Waltz Writer
1945 The Lost Weekend Screenplay
1944 Double Indemnity Screenplay
1943 Five Graves to Cairo Screenplay
1942 The Major and the Minor Writer
1941 Ball of Fire Original Story Screenplay
1941 Hold Back the Dawn Writer
1940 Arise, My Love Screenplay
1940 Rhythm on the River Story
1939 Ninotchka Screenplay
1939 What a Life Screenplay
1939 Midnight Screenplay
1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife Screenplay
1937 Champagne Waltz Story
1935 The Lottery Lover Screenplay
1935 Emil and the Detective Screenplay
1934 Music in the Air Screenplay
1934 One Exciting Adventure Story
1934 Bad Seed Writer
1933 Adorable Writer
1933 What Women Dream Screenplay
1932 The Blue of Heaven Screenplay
1932 Where Is This Lady? Story
1932 Ein Madel der Strasse Writer
1932 A Blonde's Dream Writer
1932 Es war einmal ein Walzer Writer
1931 Emil and the Detectives Screenplay
1931 Her Grace Commands Writer
1931 Looking for His Murderer Screenplay
1930 People on Sunday Screenplay

Directing

1981 Buddy Buddy Director
1978 Fedora Director
1974 The Front Page Director
1972 Avanti! Director
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Director
1966 The Fortune Cookie Director
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid Director
1963 Irma la Douce Director
1961 One, Two, Three Director
1960 The Apartment Director
1959 Some Like It Hot Director
1957 Witness for the Prosecution Director
1957 Love in the Afternoon Director
1957 The Spirit of St. Louis Director
1955 The Seven Year Itch Director
1954 Sabrina Director
1953 Stalag 17 Director
1951 Ace in the Hole Director
1950 Sunset Boulevard Director
1948 A Foreign Affair Director
1948 The Emperor Waltz Director
1945 The Lost Weekend Director
1945 Death Mills Director
1944 Double Indemnity Director
1943 Five Graves to Cairo Director
1942 The Major and the Minor Director
1934 Bad Seed Director

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 (1 episode)
1951 Deutscher Filmpreis (Lola) (1 episode) as himself

Production

1978 Fedora Producer
1972 Avanti! Producer
1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes Producer
1966 The Fortune Cookie Producer
1964 Kiss Me, Stupid Producer
1963 Irma la Douce Producer
1961 One, Two, Three Producer
1960 The Apartment Producer
1959 Some Like It Hot Producer
1955 The Seven Year Itch Producer
1954 Sabrina Producer
1953 Stalag 17 Producer
1951 Ace in the Hole Producer
1945 Die Todesmühlen Producer

Crew

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

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