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. William’s father was born in Illinois, U.S., to Russian Jewish parents. William’s mother was a Jewish emigrant, who 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 grandfather was named David Friedkin (the son of Selig Friedkin). David was a merchant.
William’s paternal grandmother was named Lena Cohen.
William’s maternal grandfather was named Morris Green.
William’s maternal grandmother was named Eva Lovenberg.
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