William Wyler

Swiss-German-American director and producer (1902–1981)

William Wyler (/ˈwlər/; born Willi Wyler[1] (German: [ˈvɪlɪ ˈvi:lɐ]); July 1, 1902 – July 27, 1981) was a German-Swiss movie director, producer and screenwriter.

William Wyler
c. 1945
Willi Wyler

(1902-07-01)July 1, 1902
DiedJuly 27, 1981(1981-07-27) (aged 79)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
  • Movie director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
Years active1925–1970
Margaret Sullavan
(m. 1934; div. 1936)

RelativesCarl Laemmle Jr. (cousin)

His best known works were Ben-Hur (1959), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), and Mrs. Miniver (1942), all of which won Academy Awards for Best Director, as well as Best Picture.

  1. Birth Certificate No. 1298/1902, Mulhouse Archive. According to Herman, Jan. A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1995. ISBN 0-399-14012-3