Robert Wise was a former president of the DGA, and a passionate lover and teacher of film to actors, directors, editors and writers. He was dearly loved by his family and those who were privileged to have shared the opportunity to collaborate with this genius.
Steven Spielberg paid tribute to this father figure of cinema to generations of filmmakers. Like Spielberg, Wise took on many diverse projects that challenged and strengthened the various genres. The common thread in the stories that Wise chose to celebrate spoke of the potential of humanity to do the right thing... whether it was in The Day the Earth Stood Still, reminding a generation of young people that it was critical to their survival to work for peace...to showing the strength of family and love in escaping the Nazi's in the Sound of Music... or speaking out for human rights in a film about a woman on death row in I Want to Live! Wise always chose work that had a message, entertained the audience, and showed human compassion and strength.
Julie Andrews sang his praise and spoke of his kindness to her and her child when they were making the Sound of Music. All of the people who had a chance to work or study with this man praised his kindness and sense of humor, his ability to collaborate and make magic out of teamwork, and the ability to think outside of the box while piecing together the most inspirational works of modern time.
Those who knew this man loved him. Those who knew of him revered him. He shall not be forgotten. His humanity will shine on forever.