Robert Wise

Biography

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three brothers. Through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures at age 19, the avid moviegoer came into the film business. A head sound effects editor at the studio recognized Wise's talent, and made Wise his protégé. Around 1941, Orson Welles was in need of an editor for Citizen Kane (1941), and Wise did a splendid job. Welles really liked his work and ideas. Wise started as a director with some B-movies, and his career went on quickly, and he made many classic movies. His last theatrical film, Rooftops (1989), proved that he was a filmmaker still in full command of his craft in his 80s. The carefully composed images, tight editing, and unflagging pace make one wish that Wise had not stayed away from the camera for very long. Robert Wise died of heart failure on September, 14, 2005, just four days after his 91st birthday.

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Birth Name

Robert Earl Wise

Birth Place

Winchester, Indiana, USA

Birth Date

9/10/1914

Death Date

9/14/2005
Known For
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Making the Earth Stand Still

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Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels

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Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir

Self

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The Complete Citizen Kane

Self

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West Side Story - Bernsteins Broadway-Hit

Self (archive footage)

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To the Galaxy and Beyond With Mark Hamill: A Century Of Science Fiction Cinema

Himself

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Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge

Self

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Fireback

Bartender

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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Self

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Murder Reincarnated

Police Photographer #2

Starring In
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West Side Story - Bernsteins Broadway-Hit

Self (archive footage)

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

Self (archive footage)

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Oscarverleihung 2006

Himself, in memorial sequence (archive footage)

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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Self

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Murder Reincarnated

Police Photographer #2

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20th Century Fox: The First 50 Years

Himself

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To the Galaxy and Beyond With Mark Hamill: A Century Of Science Fiction Cinema

Himself

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The Stupids

Stanley's Neighbor

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Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels

Self

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Making the Earth Stand Still

Self

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Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir

Self

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The Battle over Citizen Kane

Himself

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Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography

Himself

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The Complete Citizen Kane

Self

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Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge

Self

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Fireback

Bartender

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