William Wyler Age, Birthday, Biography, Wiki, Movies & More

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

Notable works include Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Mrs. Miniver (1942), all which won Wyler Academy Awards for Best Director, and also won Best Picture. He earned his first Oscar nomination for directing Dodsworth in 1936, 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 Hell’s Heroes (1930), A House Divided (1931), Jezebel (1938), Wuthering Heights (1939), The Letter (1940), The Westerner (1940), The Heiress (1949), Roman Holiday (1953), The Big Country (1958), How to Steal a Million (1966), and Funny Girl (1968).

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William Wyler

William Wyler Biography / Wiki

NameWilliam Wyler
Also KnowWilhelm Weiller, Bill Wyler, 윌리엄 와일러, 윌리암 와일러
GenderMale
Known ForDirecting
Place of BirthMülhausen, France
Date of Birth1902-07-01
Age(as in 2022)79
Deathday1981-07-27

William Wyler Acting Movies

Movie NameCharacterRelease DateOverview
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed CinemaHimself (archive footage)2005-09-13Current filmmakers such as Ridley Scott and George Lucas reflect on the importance and influence of the epic classic “Ben-Hur”….
The Cold BlueHimself (archive footage)2018-05-23A meditation on youth, war and stunning bravery, featuring footage, taken from the National Archives, from the documentary filmed in 1943 by legendary…
Ben-Hur: The Making of an EpicHimself – Director (archive footage)1993-01-01The story of how the classic epic “Ben-Hur” was made….
Backstory: How Green Was My ValleySelf (archive footage)2000-10-14Documentary about how the creative energies of Darryl F. Zanuck and John Ford combined to forge an enduring masterpiece despite the challenges of wart…
Fun in the Big CountrySelf1958-01-01Behind-the-scenes look during the filming of William Wyler’s 1958 western, “The Big Country.”…
Hollywood’s Second World WarSelf (archive footage)2019-09-08For the USA, World War 2 was an all-out war – to mobilize the masses, the US government launched a huge propaganda campaign and cinema, the medium of …
Stars of Cabaret1956-01-01A collection of amateur films made by photographer Roderic Vickers and friends. These are followed by film shot by Vickers in Australia during product…
Five Came BackSelf (archival footage)2017-03-31The extraordinary story of how Hollywood changed World War II – and how World War II changed Hollywood, through the interwoven experiences of five l…
Directed by William WylerSelf1986-05-01Documentary about the famed Hollywood director….
Goldwyn: The Man and His MoviesSelf2001-10-07The life and work of Samuel Goldwyn, a Polish-born glove salesman who became one of Hollywood’s greatest independent producers, is remembered in this …
Sword-and-SandalHimself (archive footage)2019-04-14The silent cinema had already created colossal movies based on ancient civilizations, but it is in the 1950s when peplums reach their apogee in Hollyw…
DodsworthViolin Player in Dance Orchestra (Uncredited)1936-09-23A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life….
The Screen Director1951-03-12A documentary short film depicting the work of the motion picture director. An anonymous director is shown preparing the various aspects of a film for…

William Wyler Directing Movies

Movie NameJobRelease DateOverview
Ben-HurDirector1959-11-18In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of tr…
Roman HolidayDirector1953-08-26Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor k…
The Best Years of Our LivesDirector1946-12-25It’s the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrive…
JezebelDirector1938-03-26In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her….
How to Steal a MillionDirector1966-07-13A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father’s art forgeries….
Wuthering HeightsDirector1939-04-07The Earnshaws are Yorkshire farmers during the early 19th Century. One day, Mr. Earnshaw returns from a trip to the city, bringing with him a ragged l…
The Children’s HourDirector1961-12-19A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student accuses the two young women who run the school of being in a relationship….
Detective StoryDirector1951-11-01Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod, leads a preci…
DodsworthDirector1936-09-23A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life….
The Big CountryDirector1958-09-30Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach …
Mrs. MiniverDirector1942-07-03English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II….
Dead EndDirector1937-08-27Mobster “Baby Face” Martin returns home to visit the New York neighborhood where he grew up, dropping in on his mother, who rejects him because of his…
The HeiressDirector1949-10-06Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty — filled with little more than …
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying FortressDirector1944-04-13This WW2 documentary centers on the crew of the American B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle as it prepares to execute a strategic bombing raid on Nazi…
The WesternerDirector1940-09-18Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by…
The CollectorDirector1965-06-17Freddie is an inept bank clerk with no future. His only hobby is collecting butterflies, which gives him a feeling of power and control that is otherw…
CarrieDirector1952-07-17Carrie’s dreams of adventure in the big city are quickly squashed as she discovers all that awaits her there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly pa…
Friendly PersuasionDirector1956-11-25The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It’s not easy for them to meet the …
The Little FoxesDirector1941-08-29The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the 20th century. Regina Giddons née Hubbard ha…
Funny GirlDirector1968-09-19The story of the life of comedienne Fanny Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the …
The Good FairyDirector1935-02-18In 1930s Budapest, naïve orphan Luisa Ginglebuscher becomes an usherette at the local movie house, determined to succeed in her first job by doing go…
The LetterDirector1940-11-21After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises strong suspicions….
The Desperate HoursDirector1955-10-05Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they’re holding hostage….
Counsellor at LawDirector1933-12-25A successful lawyer struggles to deal with his wife’s unfaithfulness and his own hidden past….
The Gay DeceptionDirector1935-09-13Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she…
These ThreeDirector1936-03-18Martha and Karen graduate from college and turn an old Massachusetts farm into a school for girls. The friends are aided in their venture by local doc…
Come and Get ItDirector1936-11-06An ambitious lumberjack abandons his saloon girl lover so that he can marry into wealth, but years later becomes infatuated with the woman’s daughter….
The Liberation of L.B. JonesDirector1970-03-18Undertaker L.B. Jones, the richest black man in his county of Tennessee, is divorcing his wife for infidelity with a white policeman. Taking a stand a…
The Love TrapDirector1929-08-04A chorus girl loses her job and thus the room she owes back rent on, and ends up being rescued from the street by a dashing rich man. But his family i…
A House DividedDirector1931-12-05A New England fisherman’s (Walter Huston) second wife (Helen Chandler) prefers his son (Kent Douglass)….
The ShakedownDirector1929-03-09The life of a less-than successful professional boxer changes when he takes in an orphan….
Hell’s HeroesDirector1929-12-27Three bank robbers on the run happen across a woman about to give birth in an abandoned covered wagon. Before she dies, she names the three bandits as…
The Two FisterDirector1927-01-07Cobb plays a Mountie called Field, who protects a girl from Jackson Rasker, the leader of an outlaw gang. Field falls for the girl, but her father’s d…
Her First MateDirector1933-08-03A camp butcher on an Albany night boat dreams of the South Seas….
GlamourDirector1934-04-09
ThunderboltDirector1947-07-26Documentary about the U.S. Air Force’s P-47 Thunderbolt bomber’s role in the Italian Campaign….
Tom Brown of CulverDirector1932-06-30Boy who thought his father a war hero finds he was really a deserter….
The StormDirector1930-08-17Burr and Dave, two close friends who have backed each other up in countless difficulties, are torn apart by the arrival of a woman, Manette, who becom…
The Stolen RanchDirector1926-12-26Returning home from the Great War, “Breezy” Hart (Fred Humes) and his shell-shocked buddy Frank Wilcox (Ralph McCullough) discover the Wilcox property…
Thunder RidersDirector1928-04-07As Betty arrives from the East Coast to take over the ranch and fortune left by her late father, the trip is interrupted by an Indian attack….
Blazing DaysDirector1927-03-27While he goes to his lender to repay his debts, Sam Perry is robbed. He decides to hunt down the bandit, whose description corresponds strangely to th…
Straight Shootin’Director1927-03-31Bandits kidnap an old prospector, threatening to let him starve if he refuses to reveal the location of his gold mine. The old man’s partner, hoping t…
The Fire BarrierDirector1926-06-12An irascible and brutal boss, Will King, owner of the Deux Croix ranch, sends his employees back on the slightest pretext. Only his wife resists him. …
The Border CavalierDirector1927-09-18American Western film directed by William Wyler and written by Basil Dickey and Gardner Bradford….
Lazy LightningDirector1926-12-12American silent western film directed by William Wyler…
Hard FistsDirector1927-04-24The story is about a fake army colonel who blackmails Alvord into doing his bidding, including smearing a rancher and his pretty daughter ….
Anybody Here Seen Kelly?Director1928-09-09Anybody Here Seen Kelly? is a 1928 American silent comedy film directed by William Wyler. This was the first non-Western film to be directed by Wyler …
Ridin’ for LoveDirector1926-04-17Robert Kane, owner of the Bar-L Ranch, has received word from his attorney that he will have to marry Ann Scott before the 15th of the month, whom he …
The Crook BusterDirector1925-12-26A 1925 silent Western…
Don’t ShootDirector1926-08-07Nancy Burton, niece of the sheriff, is in love with Deputy Tom Farrell, but she as an aversion to bloodshed. She overhears that he shot and killed an …
The Gunless Bad ManDirector1926-03-13Plot unknown….
Martin of the MountedDirector1926-12-11Plot unknown….
The Horse TraderDirector1927-08-20Plot unknown….
The Fighting LadyDirector1944-12-21Oscar winner William Wyler directed this 1944 “newsdrama,” narrated by Lieut. Robert Taylor, USNR (Bataan), and photographed in zones of combat by the…
DirectorEleven heart pounding WWII films, more than five hours of vintage content in one definitive collection. WWII: Air War contains 11 remarkable documenta…

William Wyler Production Movies

Movie NameJobRelease DateOverview
Ben-HurProducer1959-11-18In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of tr…
Roman HolidayProducer1953-08-26Overwhelmed by her suffocating schedule, touring European princess Ann takes off for a night while in Rome. When a sedative she took from her doctor k…
JezebelProducer1938-03-26In 1850s Louisiana, the willfulness of a tempestuous Southern belle threatens to destroy all who care for her….
The Big CountryProducer1958-09-30Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach …
The LetterProducer1940-11-21After a woman shoots a man to death, a damning letter she wrote raises strong suspicions….
The Desperate HoursProducer1955-10-05Escaped convicts terrorize a suburban family they’re holding hostage….
CarrieProducer1952-07-17Carrie’s dreams of adventure in the big city are quickly squashed as she discovers all that awaits her there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly pa…
The HeiressProducer1949-10-06Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty — filled with little more than …
Friendly PersuasionProducer1956-11-25The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It’s not easy for them to meet the …
Detective StoryProducer1951-11-01Tells the story of one day in the lives of the various people who populate a police detective squad. An embittered cop, Det. Jim McLeod, leads a preci…
Mrs. MiniverProducer1942-07-03English middle-class family, The Minivers, experience life in the first months of World War II….
The Love TrapProducer1929-08-04A chorus girl loses her job and thus the room she owes back rent on, and ends up being rescued from the street by a dashing rich man. But his family i…
The Children’s HourProducer1961-12-19A private school for young girls is scandalized when one spiteful student accuses the two young women who run the school of being in a relationship….

Writing

Movie NameJobRelease DateOverview
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying FortressWriter1944-04-13This WW2 documentary centers on the crew of the American B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle as it prepares to execute a strategic bombing raid on Nazi…
Ridin’ for LoveStory1926-04-17Robert Kane, owner of the Bar-L Ranch, has received word from his attorney that he will have to marry Ann Scott before the 15th of the month, whom he …

Other Info

Movie NameJobRelease DateOverview
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying FortressDirector of Photography1944-04-13This WW2 documentary centers on the crew of the American B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle as it prepares to execute a strategic bombing raid on Nazi…

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