Billy Wilder

Crew | * 06/22/1906 († 95, 03/27/2002) | Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary
Billy Wilder (German: [ˈvɪldɐ]; born Samuel Wilder, June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist whose career spanned more than five decades. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of the Hollywood Golden Age of cinema. With The Apartment, Wilder became the first person to win Academy Awards as producer, director, and screenwriter for the same film. Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of the Nazi Party, he left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He moved to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit when he co-wrote the screenplay for the romantic comedy Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo. Wilder established his directorial reputation with an adaption of James M. Cain's Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir. Wilder co-wrote the screenplay with crime novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Billy Wilder

Knight Commander's Cross of The Order of Merit of The Federal Republic of Germany Great Golden Medal of Honour for Services To The Republic of Austria National Medal of Arts Directors Guild of America Award 2x Academy Award for Best Director 2x Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Best Picture Kennedy Center Honors AFI Life Achievement Award Goethe Medal Honorary Citizen of Wien 8x Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Story 4x Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay 7x Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Best Picture

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Movies with Billy Wilder as Actor(11)

TV Shows/Series with Billy Wilder as Actor(2)

Movies with Billy Wilder as Crew(99)

Writing/Screenplay1982 Witness for the Prosecution
Directing/Director1981 Buddy Buddy
Writing/Writer1981 Buddy Buddy
Directing/Director1978 Fedora
Writing/Writer1978 Fedora
Production/Producer1978 Fedora
Directing/Director1974 The Front Page
Writing/Screenplay1974 The Front Page
Writing/Screenplay1973 Double Indemnity
Directing/Director1972 Avanti!
Writing/Screenplay1972 Avanti!
Production/Producer1972 Avanti!
Production/Producer1970 The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Directing/Director1966 The Fortune Cookie
Writing/Screenplay1966 The Fortune Cookie
Production/Producer1966 The Fortune Cookie
Directing/Director1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
Production/Producer1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
Writing/Screenplay1964 Kiss Me, Stupid
Directing/Director1963 Irma la Douce
Writing/Screenplay1963 Irma la Douce
Production/Producer1963 Irma la Douce
Directing/Director1961 One, Two, Three
Writing/Screenplay1961 One, Two, Three
Production/Producer1961 One, Two, Three
Production/Producer1960 The Apartment
Directing/Director1960 The Apartment
Writing/Screenplay1960 The Apartment
Directing/Director1959 Some Like It Hot
Production/Producer1959 Some Like It Hot
Writing/Screenplay1959 Some Like It Hot
Directing/Director1957 Love in the Afternoon
Writing/Screenplay1957 Love in the Afternoon
Directing/Director1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Writing/Screenplay1957 The Spirit of St. Louis
Directing/Director1957 Witness for the Prosecution
Writing/Screenplay1957 Witness for the Prosecution
Directing/Director1955 The Seven Year Itch
Production/Producer1955 The Seven Year Itch
Writing/Screenplay1955 The Seven Year Itch
Writing/Screenplay1954 Emil and the Detectives
Directing/Director1954 Sabrina
Writing/Screenplay1954 Sabrina
Production/Producer1954 Sabrina
Writing/Screenplay1953 Stalag 17
Production/Producer1953 Stalag 17
Writing/Writer1953 Stalag 17
Directing/Director1953 Stalag 17
Directing/Director1951 Ace in the Hole
Writing/Writer1951 Ace in the Hole
Production/Producer1951 Ace in the Hole
Directing/Director1950 Sunset Boulevard
Writing/Screenplay1950 Sunset Boulevard
Directing/Director1948 The Emperor Waltz
Writing/Writer1948 The Emperor Waltz
Directing/Director1948 A Foreign Affair
Writing/Screenplay1948 A Foreign Affair
Writing/Writer1948 A Song Is Born
Production/Producer1945 Die Todesmühlen
Writing/Screenplay1945 The Lost Weekend
Directing/Director1945 The Lost Weekend
Directing/Director1945 Death Mills
Directing/Director1944 Double Indemnity
Writing/Screenplay1944 Double Indemnity
Directing/Director1943 Five Graves to Cairo
Writing/Screenplay1943 Five Graves to Cairo
Directing/Director1942 The Major and the Minor
Writing/Writer1942 The Major and the Minor
Writing/Writer1941 Hold Back the Dawn
Writing/Screenplay1941 Ball of Fire
Writing/Original Story1941 Ball of Fire
Writing/Story1940 Rhythm on the River
Writing/Screenplay1940 Arise, My Love
Writing/Screenplay1939 Midnight
Writing/Screenplay1939 Ninotchka
Writing/Screenplay1939 What a Life
Writing/Screenplay1938 Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Writing/Story1937 Champagne Waltz
Writing/Screenplay1935 The Lottery Lover
Writing/Screenplay1935 Emil and the Detective
Writing/Story1934 One Exciting Adventure
Directing/Director1934 Bad Seed
Writing/Writer1934 Bad Seed
Writing/Screenplay1934 Music in the Air
Writing/Screenplay1933 What Women Dream
Writing/Writer1933 Adorable
Writing/Story1932 Where Is This Lady?
Writing/Writer1932 Es war einmal ein Walzer
Writing/Screenplay1932 The Blue of Heaven
Writing/Writer1932 A Blonde's Dream
Writing/Writer1932 Ein Madel der Strasse
Writing/Writer1931 Her Grace Commands
Writing/Screenplay1931 Emil and the Detectives
Writing/Screenplay1931 Looking for His Murderer
Writing/Screenplay1930 People on Sunday

Additional Information

Full Name: Billy Wilder
Born: Friday, 06/22 1906 (June) in Sucha Beskidzka
Died: Wednesday, 03/27 2002 (March) in Beverly Hills (aged: 95)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: German (DE), English (EN)
Educated at: University of Vienna
Siblings: W. Lee Wilder
Other names for Billy Wilder (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Samuel Wilder"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3480, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/15/2019