William Friedkin, Oscar-winning director dead

By | August 7, 2023

Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, known for The French Connection and The Exorcist, dies at 87

William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, has died at the age of 87.

William Friedkin’s cause of death

Friedkin’s death was confirmed by Chapman University dean Stephen Galloway, a friend of his wife and former producer Sherry Lansing.


Friedkin was seen as one of the most daring and influential talents of his generation. He won an Oscar for best director for The French Connection in 1972 and was nominated for The Exorcist in 1974. Both films were nominated for best picture, with The French Connection winning the Oscar.

Friedkin’s other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, Jade, Rules of Engagement, Bug, and Killer Joe. His most recent film was the 2017 documentary The Devil and Father Amorth.

Friedkin’s films are known for their realism, intensity, and violence. He was a master of suspense and his films often featured groundbreaking special effects.


Friedkin’s death is a major loss for the film industry. He was a true cinematic master whose influence will continue to extend forever.

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