(born September 10
) is an Academy Award
winning film director. Born in Winchester, Indiana
, Wise began his movie career at RKO
as a sound and music editor, but he soon grew to being nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing
for Citizen Kane
. He took his first directing job with the stylish horror film The Curse of the Cat People[?]
. In 1949
he directed the boxing movie The Set-Up[?]
, where his direction of the real-time setting got him noticed.
In the 1950s, Wise proved adept in several genres, from the science fiction of The Day the Earth Stood Still to the melodramatic So Big[?], to Susan Hayward's Oscar winner in I Want to Live[?]!, for which he was nominated for Best Director.
In 1961, teamed with Jerome Robbins[?], he won the Oscar for West Side Story, and did it again in 1965 with The Sound of Music.
Wise is a past president of both the Directors Guild of America[?] and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6338 Hollywood Blvd.
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