William Friedkin is an American film director born in Chicago, Illinois on August 29th, 1935. Like many visionary directors, Friedkin got his start making industrial films and documentaries, but eventually carved himself a niche in horror film history when he directed the controversial 1973 demonic thriller The Exorcist. In 1990, he directed the supernatural thriller, The Guardian. Friedkin didn't return to the genre until 2006 when he directed the horror-thriller Bug.
Friedkin's earliest known professional work is directing the "March of Time" documentary for Time-Life Specials in 1965.
Friedkin also directed the "Nightcrawlers" episode of The Twilight Zone revamp series in 1985.
Only slightly less well-known than The Exorcist is the 1971 cop drama The French Connection starring Gene Hackman and future Jaws star Roy Scheider. The French Connection is undoubtedly considered Friedkin's most well-respected work to date.
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