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Robert Wise

Robert Wise (born September 10, 1914) is an Academy Award winning film producer and director. Born in Winchester, Indiana, Wise began his movie career at RKO as a sound and music editor, but he soon grew to being nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Citizen Kane in 1941. He took his first directing job with the stylish horror film The Curse of the Cat People in 1944. In 1949 he directed the boxing movie The Set-Up, where his direction of the real-time setting got him noticed.

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.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Robert Wise Facts

Birth Name Robert Earl Wise
OccupationDirector, Producer
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1914
BirthplaceWinchester, Indiana, USA
Date of deathSeptember 14, 2005 (Los Angeles, California, USA, age 91)
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Robert Wise compared to you?
Awards1966 Academy Awards: Best Director (for The Sound of Music)
1962 Academy Awards: Best Director (for West Side Story)

Selected Filmography

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