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William Wyler
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c. 1945
Willi Wyler

July 1, 1902(1902-07-01)
DiedJuly 27, 1981(1981-07-27) (aged 79)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
OccupationFilm director, producer
Years active1925–1970
Spouse(s)Margaret Sullavan (m. 1934–1936) «start: (1934)–end+1: (1937)»"Marriage: Margaret Sullavan to William Wyler" Location: (linkback:
Margaret Tallichet (m. 1938) «start: (1938)»"Marriage: Margaret Tallichet to William Wyler" Location: (linkback:
RelativesCarl Laemmle Jr. (cousin)

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.

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.

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