Robert Wise

Robert Earl Wise ( born September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, † 14 September, 2005 Los Angeles ) was an American film director and film producer.


Robert Wise worked as an editor at RKO Pictures in Hollywood, among other things, for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. From the mid- 1940s he was even charged with first directorial job. Through the Films The Curse of the Cat People and The Body Snatcher (the latter with the two former horror star Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff ), he was the earliest major protagonists of the horror film. He also made ​​contributions to film noir ( the ring for Stoker Thompson, 1949) and the sci-fi genre ( The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951).

Wise gained fame in the 1950s and 1960s with the Drama Let me live, the movie musical West Side Story and the horror film freezes up the blood.. His greatest commercial success was The Sound of Music - My Dreams from 1965 Further contributions to the science fiction genre provided Wise with Andromeda - Deadly dust from outer space (1971 ) and the first Star Trek movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture ( 1979).

In 1967, Robert Wise for his life's work the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ( AMPAS ), having already in 1962 for West Side Story and 1966 for The Sound of Music - My Dreams honored each with an Oscar for Best Director had been. In 1998, Robert Wise from the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest award for the entire works of filmmakers.

From 1971 to 1975, Wise President of the Directors Guild of America from 1985 to 1988 and President of the AMPAS. In this position he took in 1987 to accept the award for the actor Paul Newman, because he could not attend the ceremony.

Wise died on 14 September 2005 shortly after his 91st birthday in heart failure.