William Friedkin

Friedkin in 2013, photo by s_bukley/www.bigstockphoto.com

Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: August 29, 1935

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

William Friedkin is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The French Connection (1971).

William is the son of Raechael/Rachael “Rae” (Green) and Louis Friedkin. They were both Jewish. William’s father was born in Illinois, U.S. William’s mother was born in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Ukraine).

William is married to actress and film studio executive Sherry Lansing. He has a son with his former partner, Australian dancer and choreographer Jennifer Nairn-Smith, and a son with his former wife, English actress, model, and singer Lesley-Anne Down.

William’s paternal grandparents were named David Friedkin and Lena Cohen. David and Lena were from Russia.

William’s maternal grandparents were named Morris Green and Eva Lovenberg. Morris and Eva were from Russia.

Sources: Marriage record of William’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

William’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of William Friedkin – http://www.geni.com

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