William Friedkin, known for iconic 1970s films "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," passed away at 87 in Los Angeles

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Creative Artists Agency confirmed Friedkin's death

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Friedkin's journey began from Chicago slums

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His career spanned 50 years, marked by successes like "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist,"

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"The French Connection" (1971) starred Gene Hackman, featured a gripping chase sequence

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The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, and Actor for Hackman

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"The Exorcist" (1973) broke horror boundaries, depicting shocking violence and sacrilege

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The movie became a box-office phenomenon and the first horror drama nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards

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Friedkin's subsequent works faced mixed reception, including "Sorcerer" (1977) and "Cruising" (1980), marked by controversies

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Friedkin's legacy combines cinematic innovation, storytelling mastery, and complex characters, leaving an enduring impact on the film industry.

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