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'French Connection' Director William Friedkin Signs With ICM Partners (Exclusive)

The filmmaker won the Academy Award for best director for the 1971 cop thriller.

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William Friedkin

Oscar-winning director William Friedkin has signed with ICM Partners.

Friedkin won the Academy Award for best director for The French Connection, the 1971 cop thriller that starred Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider.

Friedkin also directed The Exorcist (1973) and was nominated for another Oscar for his work on the iconic horror film. His other directing credits include Sorcerer (1977), Blue Chips (1994), Rules of Engagement (2000) and The Hunted (2003).

Friedkin, who is married to former Paramount Pictures head Sherry Lansing, recently directed Killer Joe. The NC-17 black comedy was released in July and stars Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple. The film, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts from his play of the same name, premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.

Friedkin also has directed numerous episodes of television programs, including CSI and Tales From the Crypt. He produced the 1977 Academy Awards.

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