William Wyler

Director, Producer, Actor

Director, Producer, Actor


William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the lack of an obvious "signature" in his diverse ...
Birth date
1902-07-01
Death date
1981-07-27
Awards
Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 47 nominations.
Height
5' 8" (1.73 m)

Known For


Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur
Director (1959)
Roman Holiday
Roman Holiday
Director (1953)
The Big Country
The Big Country
Director (1958)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
DirectorMemphis Belle
(Short) (credit only) (post-production)
2022
DirectorThe Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress - The Restoration
(Documentary) (credit only)
2018
DirectorThe Look of Stardom
(Documentary short)
2018
DirectorHistory Rediscovered: The Memphis Belle
(Documentary)
2011
DirectorThe Liberation of L.B. Jones1970
DirectorFunny Girl1968
DirectorHow to Steal a Million1966
DirectorThe Collector1965
DirectorThe Children's Hour1961
DirectorBen-Hur1959
DirectorThe Big Country1958
DirectorFriendly Persuasion1956
DirectorProducers' Showcase
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Letter (1956)
1956
DirectorThe Desperate Hours1955
DirectorRoman Holiday1953
DirectorCarrie1952
DirectorDetective Story1951
DirectorThe Heiress1949
DirectorThunderbolt
(Documentary short) (as Lt Col William Wyler)
1947
DirectorThe Best Years of Our Lives1946
DirectorThe Fighting Lady
(Documentary) (uncredited)
1944
DirectorThe Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
(Documentary)
1944
DirectorMrs. Miniver1942
DirectorThe Little Foxes1941
DirectorThe Letter1940
DirectorThe Westerner1940
DirectorRaffles
(uncredited)
1939
DirectorWuthering Heights1939
DirectorThe Cowboy and the Lady
(uncredited)
1938
DirectorJezebel1938
DirectorDead End1937
DirectorCome and Get It1936
DirectorDodsworth1936
DirectorThese Three1936
DirectorBarbary Coast
(: (uncredited; replaced by Howard Hawks - uncredited)
1935
DirectorThe Gay Deception1935
DirectorThe Good Fairy1935
DirectorGlamour1934
DirectorCounsellor at Law1933
DirectorHer First Mate1933
DirectorPrivate Jones
(uncredited)
1933
DirectorTom Brown of Culver1932
DirectorA House Divided1931
DirectorThe Storm1930
DirectorHell's Heroes1929
DirectorThe Love Trap1929
DirectorThe Shakedown1929
DirectorThunder Riders1928
DirectorAnybody Here Seen Kelly?1928
DirectorDesert Dust1927
DirectorThe Border Cavalier1927
DirectorDaze of the West
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Horse Trader
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Square Shooter
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Phantom Outlaw
(Short)
1927
DirectorGun Justice
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Home Trail
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Ore Raiders
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Lone Star
(Short)
1927
DirectorHard Fists1927
DirectorThe Haunted Homestead
(Short)
1927
DirectorGalloping Justice
(Short)
1927
DirectorStraight Shootin'1927
DirectorBlazing Days1927
DirectorThe Silent Partner
(Short)
1927
DirectorTenderfoot Courage
(Short)
1927
DirectorKelcy Gets His Man
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Two Fister
(Short)
1927
DirectorThe Stolen Ranch1926
DirectorLazy Lightning1926
DirectorMartin of the Mounted
(Short)
1926
DirectorThe Pinnacle Rider
(Short)
1926
DirectorDon't Shoot
(Short)
1926
DirectorThe Fire Barrier
(Short)
1926
DirectorRidin' for Love
(Short)
1926
DirectorThe Gunless Bad Man
(Short)
1926
DirectorThe Crook Buster
(Short)
1925
RoleTitleYear
ProducerThe Children's Hour
(producer)
1961
ProducerBen-Hur
(producer - uncredited)
1959
ProducerThe Big Country
(producer)
1958
ProducerFriendly Persuasion
(producer)
1956
ProducerThe Desperate Hours
(producer)
1955
ProducerRoman Holiday
(producer)
1953
ProducerCarrie
(producer)
1952
ProducerDetective Story
(producer)
1951
ProducerThe Heiress
(producer)
1949
ProducerMrs. Miniver
(producer)
1942
ProducerThe Letter
(A William Wyler Production)
1940
ProducerJezebel
(producer - uncredited)
1938
ProducerThe Good Fairy
(producer)
1935
ProducerThe Love Trap
(producer)
1929
ProducerBlazing Days
(producer)
1927
RoleTitleYear
ActorThe Jackie Gleason Show
(TV Series) - The Honeymooners: Operation Protest (1970) ... (as Bill Wyler) - The Honeymooners: The People's Choice (1967) - The Honeymooners: Ship of Fools (1966) - The Passing Politician (1966)
1966-1970
ActorThe Best Years of Our Lives
Cameo - Drug Store customer (uncredited)
1946
ActorDodsworth
Violin Player in Dance Orchestra (uncredited)
1936
ActorHer First Mate
Man on Collapsing Dock (uncredited)
1933
ActorThe Shakedown
Photographer at Fight Arena (uncredited)
1929
RoleTitleYear
WriterThe Fighting Lady Featuring USS Yorktown
(Documentary)
2010
WriterThe Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
(Documentary)
1944
WriterRidin' for Love
(Short) (scenario) / (story)
1926
RoleTitleYear
CinematographerThe Spirit of Liberation
(Documentary) (war cameraman)
2017
CinematographerThe Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
(Documentary) (uncredited)
1944
RoleTitleYear
Second Unit Director or Assistant DirectorBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
(assistant director - uncredited)
1925
Second Unit Director or Assistant DirectorThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
(assistant director - uncredited)
1923/I
RoleTitleYear
Editorial departmentMrs. Miniver
(closing speech - uncredited)
1942
RoleTitleYear
Additional CrewBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
(assistant: Mr. Eason - uncredited)
1925
RoleTitleYear
ThanksTriple Feature
(very special thanks)
2016
ThanksDark Hearts
(special thanks)
2014/II
ThanksOmaggio a Roma
(Short) (grateful thanks)
2009
ThanksRunning Time
(special thanks)
1997
RoleTitleYear
SelfAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) Self - Directed by William Wyler (1986) ... Self
1986
SelfGreat Performances
(TV Series) Self - Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983) ... Self
1983
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire
(TV Special documentary) Self - Audience Member (uncredited)
1981
SelfHollywood
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - Trick of the Light (1980) ... Self
1980
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart
(TV Special documentary) Self (uncredited)
1980
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda
(TV Special documentary) Self - Audience Member
1978
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis
(TV Special documentary) Self
1977
SelfThe 48th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Presenter
1976
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler
(TV Special documentary) Self
1976
SelfThe Merv Griffin Show
(TV Series) Self - A Salute to William Wyler with special guests: Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland (1973) ... Self
1973
SelfAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford
(TV Special documentary) Self - Audience Member (uncredit)
1973
SelfThe Movie Crazy Years
(TV Movie documentary) Self
1971
SelfCannes Film Festival
(TV Series) Self - 25ème festival de Cannes (1971) ... Self
1971
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series) Self - Bette Davis (1971) ... Self
1971
SelfThe Irv Kupcinet Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 3 June 1970 (1970) ... Self
1970
SelfThe David Frost Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #2.154 (1970) ... Self
1970
SelfThe 27th Annual Golden Globe Awards
(TV Special) Self - Accepting Award for Barbra Streisand
1970
SelfBarbra in Movieland
(Documentary short) Self
1968
SelfThis Is Streisand
(Documentary short) Self
1968
SelfThe Jackie Gleason Show
(TV Series) Self - The Honeymooners: Rififi - Brooklyn Style (1967) ... Self
1967
SelfCinema
(TV Series documentary) Self - William Wyler (1965) ... Self
1965
SelfÀ Hollywood avec...
(Documentary short) Self
1964
SelfThis Is Your Life
(TV Series documentary) Self (film insert) - George Cummins (1963) ... Self (film insert)
1963
SelfThe 33rd Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Presenter
1961
SelfReflets de Cannes
(TV Series documentary) Self - Episode dated 9 May 1960 (1960) ... Self
1960
SelfThe 32nd Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Winner
1960
SelfThe 17th Golden Globe Awards
(TV Special) Self - Winner
1960
SelfCinépanorama
(TV Series documentary) Self - Episode dated 27 September 1958 (1958) ... Self
1958
SelfThe Ed Sullivan Show
(TV Series) Self - Episode #11.8 (1957) ... Self
1957
SelfThe Screen Director
(Short) Self (staged 'archive' footage) (uncredited)
1951
SelfScreen Snapshots Series 17, No. 9
(Short documentary) Self
1938
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageHollywoods Zweiter Weltkrieg
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2019
Archive footageMit Schwertern und Sandalen
(TV Movie documentary) Self (uncredited)
2018
Archive footageThe Cold Blue
(Documentary)
2018
Archive footageAudrey Hepburn, Königin der Eleganz
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2017
Archive footageFive Came Back
(TV Mini-Series documentary) Self - The Price of Victory (2017) ... Self - Combat Zones (2017) ... Self - The Mission Begins (2017) ... Self
2017
Archive footageDai nostri inviati: La Rai e l'Istituto Luce raccontano la Mostra del cinema di Venezia 1932-1953
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2012
Archive footageStardust: The Bette Davis Story
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2006
Archive footageBen-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema
(Video documentary) Self
2005
Archive footageWords in Progress
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2004
Archive footageBette Davis and William Wyler
(TV Movie documentary) Self
2003
Archive footageReel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film
(TV Movie documentary) Self (uncredited)
2002
Archive footageAmerican Masters
(TV Series documentary) Self - Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2001) ... Self
2001
Archive footageBackstory
(TV Series documentary) Self - How Green Was My Valley (2000) ... Self
2000
Archive footageBiography
(TV Series documentary) Self - Vivien Leigh: A Delicate Balance (2000) ... Self - Bette Davis: If Looks Could Kill (1994) ... Self
1994-2000
Archive footageBen-Hur: The Making of an Epic
(Video documentary) Self
1993
Archive footageAFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon
(TV Special documentary) Self
1988
Archive footageFilm Profile
(TV Series) Self - William Wyler (1960) ... Self
1960