Acclaimed ‘The Exorcist’ and ‘The French Connection’ director William Friedkin dies at 87

William Friedkin, the renowned director behind cinematic classics like "The Exorcist" and "The French Connection,"  

passed away on August 7 at the age of 87 due to heart failure and pneumonia. His remarkable contributions to the world of film 

have left an enduring legacy, with "The French Connection" standing as one of his iconic works. 

Friedkin's journey as a filmmaker began with directing TV series and TV movies before transitioning to the world of cinema 

He made his big-screen directorial debut with "Good Times" in 1967, a comedy featuring the famous musical duo Sonny and Cher 

Although it was a modest start, it marked the beginning of a legendary career. 

However, it was "The French Connection," released in 1971, that catapulted Friedkin to the pinnacle of cinematic success. 

The gritty crime thriller, starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider as New York City detectives, revolved around their relentless pursuit of a French heroin smuggler 

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