In the 1950s, Wise proved adept in several genres, from the science fiction of The Day the Earth Stood Still to the melodramatic So Big, to Susan Hayward's Oscar winner in I Want to Live!, for which he was nominated for Best Director.
In 1961, teamed with Jerome Robbins, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for West Side Story, which he also produced. He repeated this achievement in 1965 with The Sound of Music. In the 1970s he directed such films as The Andromeda Strain and The Hindenburg. In 1989 he directed Rooftops, his last feature film to date.
Wise is a past president of both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6338 Hollywood Blvd.
Robert Wise Facts
|Birth Name||Robert Earl Wise|
|Birthday||September 10, 1914|
|Birthplace||Winchester, Indiana, USA|
|Date of death||September 14, 2005 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 91)|
|Height||5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Robert Wise compared to you?|
|Awards||1966 Academy Awards: Best Director (for The Sound of Music)|
|1962 Academy Awards: Best Director (for West Side Story)|