Robert Wise (I) (1914–2005)


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Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures. A head sound effects... See full bio »

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Won 4 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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West Side Story Director
(1961)
(1965)
(1971)

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Other Works:

Interviewed in "Conversations with Directors: An Anthology of Interviews from Literature/Film Quarterly".

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 3 Print Biographies | 7 Interviews | 13 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Robert E. Wise

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse:

Millicent Wise  (his death) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on Julie Andrews] How's she got to the top? It can not be all just talent. A lot of talented don't begin to make it the way she has made it. There is a genuineness about her; an unphoniness. She goes right through the camera, on to the film and out to the audience. Julie seems to have been born with the magic gene that comes through on the screen. See more »

Trivia:

Interviewed in "It Came from Horrorwood: Interviews with Moviemakers in the SF and Horror Tradition" by Tom Weaver (McFarland, 1996). See more »

Nickname:

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Star Sign:

Virgo

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