William Witney

William Witney

Infobox actor
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birthname = William Nuelsen Witney
birthdate = 15 May, 1915
location = Flagicon|Oklahoma Lawton, Oklahoma, US
deathdate = death date and age|2002|03|17|1915|05|15
deathplace = Flagicon|California Jackson, California, US
othername = William Whitney
Bill Witney
William N. Witney
yearsactive = 1939 – 1982
spouse = Maxine Doyle (1938 – 1973)
Beverly (1977 – 2002)
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notable role = Film Director
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William Nuelsen Witney (15 May, 1915 – 17 March, 2002) was an American film director. He is most famous for the movie serials he co-directed with John English for Republic Pictures such as "Daredevils of the Red Circle", "Zorro's Fighting Legion" and "Drums of Fu Manchu".

He directed a large number of Western films over his career, and is credited with devising the modern system of filming movie fight sequences in a series of carefully choreographed shots, which he patterned after the musical sequences of American director Busby Berkeley. Prolific and pugnacious, Witney began directing while still in his 20s, and continued up until the late 1960s.

Quentin Tarantino singles him out as one of his favorite directors, particularly for "The Golden Stallion" (1949), a Roy Rogers vehicle [source: "The New York Times" interview with Tarantino] . Witney also directed "Master of the World" (1961) starring Vincent Price and Charles Bronson.

Further reading

* "In a Door, Into a Fight, Out a Door, Into a Chase: Moviemaking Remembered by the Guy at the Door" by William Witney (McFarland & Company). ISBN 0786422580.
* "Trigger Remembered" by William Witney (Earl Blair Enterprises). ASIN B0006EYMSG.


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NAME = Witney, William
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Witney, William Nuelsen (birthname)
SHORT DESCRIPTION = American director
DATE OF BIRTH = 15 May, 1915
PLACE OF BIRTH = Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
DATE OF DEATH = 17 March, 2002
PLACE OF DEATH = Jackson, California, United States

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