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Director William Friedkin made another mark in showbiz last Thursday, this time on Hollywood Boulevard, where the helmer’s star was unveiled on the Walk of Fame.

Friedkin’s star was placed next to the star of his wife, Paramount Pictures chairman Sherry Lansing, in front of the Mann Chinese Theatre.

Honorary mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant presided over the ceremony, which drew Friedkin friends Tony Danza, Francis Ford Coppola and George Schlatter.

Starting in the mailroom of WGN-TV Chicago, Friedkin, worked his way into directing numerous local, network and documentary programs until 1967, when he segued into film with “Good Times,” starring Sonny and Cher. His film credits include “The Boys in the Band” (1970), “The French Connection” (1971), for which he won a best director Oscar, “The Exorcist” (1973), “Cruising” (1981), “Deal of the Century” (1983) and “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985).

Friedkin’s latest film, the Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott starrer “Twelve Angry Men,” bowed Sunday on Showtime.

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