Robert Wise

Robert Wise 2

Born: 10 September 1914
Died: 14 September 2005












Academy Award winning director and producer Robert Wise was born on this day in 1914.

He began his career working for RKO as a sound and music editor but as he gained experience he became more interested in film editing and became assistant to film editor William ‘Billy’ Hamilton. During his time with Hamilton he worked on the films Winterset (1936) and Stage Door (1937) before gaining screen credits for the films The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) and Fifth Avenue Girl (1939).

After working with Orson Welles as film editor for Citizen Kane (1941) Wise received his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Film Editing. He also worked with Welles for his next film The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). During this time he was influenced by the special effects used during the making of the film, particularly the optical printer technique and this influence could be seen in his future films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).

His first directing credit was The Curse of the Cat People (1944) and he followed this with The Body Snatcher (1945). His 1958 film I Want to Live! earned him his first Best Director nomination and a few years later he produced and co-directed West Side Story (1961), with Jerome Robbins receiving the Academy Award for Best Director and a Best Picture nomination.

Perhaps his best known film was The Sound of Music (1965), which earned him a second Best Picture and Best Director Award and a year later he received a third Best Picture nomination for The Sand Pebbles (1966).

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