Robert WiseRobert Wise
(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.
Academy Awards and Nominations