William Friedkin is an American movie and television director, producer, and screenwriter. In 1971 his “The French Connection” was released to wide critical acclaim. Shot in a gritty style more suited for documentaries than Hollywood features, it won five Academy Awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director.
Friedkin followed up with 1973’s “The Exorcist”, based on William Peter Blatty’s best-selling novel, which revolutionized the horror genre and is considered by some critics to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time. “The Exorcist” was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.