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William Wyler

William Wyler


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Also Known As: Died: July 27, 1981
Born: July 1, 1902 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Director ...


While serving with the US Air Force in England during WWII, Wyler made two documentaries about bombing assignments over Germany; "Memphis Belle" (1944) and "Thunderbolt" (1945; co-directed with John Sturges). In 1990 Wyler's daughter Catherine made her feature film producing debut (with David Puttnam)--"Memphis Belle."

He received the Air Medal after serving with US bomber troops in England.

Under his direction, a record 35 actors received Oscar nominations and 13 won the award (14, if you count supporting actor Oscar winner Walter Brennan in "Come and Get It", co-directed by Wyler and Howard Hawks).

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