Robert Wise was a highly honored film editor-turned-director who won four Academy Awards for producing and directing "West Side Story" (with Jerome Robbins, the first time a director Oscar was shared) and "The Sound of Music."
His early editing years included Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941), earning him an Oscar nomination, and "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942).
In a directing career that began in 1944 when he took over the reins of the stylish horror classic "The Curse of the Cat People" in mid-production, Wise defied being pigeonholed.
Earning a reputation as a disciplined and impeccable craftsman, he worked in virtually every genre — high drama, romantic comedy, film noir, the supernatural and science fiction.
Among the better-known of his 40 films:
"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (1951), the landmark science fiction thriller starring Michael Rennie; "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (1956), the biopic starring Paul Newman as world middleweight champion Rocky Graziano; "I Want to Live!" (1958), a psychological study of a woman awaiting execution in the gas chamber, which earned Susan Hayward a lead actress Oscar; "The Haunting" (1963), a classic haunted-house thriller costarring Julie Harris and Claire Bloom; "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), an epic-length war drama that earned Steve McQueen his only Academy Award nomination; and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (1979), the first of six feature films starring the cast of the original series.
|1941||Best Film Editing||Citizen Kane||Nomination|
|1958||Best Director||I Want to Live!||Nomination|
|1961||Best Picture||West Side Story||Win|
|1961||Best Director||West Side Story||Win|
|1965||Best Director||The Sound of Music||Win|
|1965||Best Picture||The Sound of Music||Win|
|1966||Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award||Win|
|1966||Best Picture||The Sand Pebbles||Nomination|