William Fruet

William Fruet (born January 1, 1933)[1] is a Canadian film and television director, playwright and screenwriter. He made his directorial debut with the drama Wedding in White (1972), based on a play he had also written. The film won Best Picture at the Canadian Film Awards in 1973.

William Fruet
Born (1933-01-01) January 1, 1933 (age 88)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, playwright
Years active1963–present

His later career included several horror films, including Death Weekend (1972), Cries in the Night (1980), and Killer Party (1986), as well as television series, including Goosebumps and Poltergeist: The Legacy. Other writing credits include the influential Canadian film Goin' Down the Road, which he co-wrote with Donald Shebib.[2]


Fruet began his career as a writer after attending the Canadian Theatre School.[1] His screenwriting credits include Rip-Off, Wedding in White, Slipstream, Death Weekend, Spasms and Imaginary Playmate, while his film directing credits include Wedding in White, Death Weekend, Spasms, Search and Destroy, Killer Party, Cries in the Night and Bedroom Eyes. Wedding in White, his 1972 film debut starring Carol Kane and Donald Pleasence, was based on a stage play he had written, and won the Canadian Film Award for Best Picture in 1973.[1]

His television credits include episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre, My Secret Identity, Diamonds, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Friday the 13th, War of the Worlds, Counterstrike, The Outer Limits, Goosebumps, Poltergeist: The Legacy, The Zack Files, Da Vinci's Inquest, Chasing Rainbows, Code Name: Eternity and Zoe Busiek: Wild Card.[3]

Prior to his career as a writer and director, Fruet also had an acting role in the 1963 film Drylanders.[3]



Year Title Notes
1972 Wedding in White Canadian Film Award - Best Picture
1976 Death Weekend Also known as: The House by the Lake
1979 Search and Destroy
1979 One of Our Own
1980 Cries in the Night Also known as: Funeral Home
1982 Trapped Also known as: Baker County, U.S.A
1983 Spasms
1984 Bedroom Eyes
1986 Killer Party
1986 Brothers by Choice Television film
1987 Blue Monkey
1987–1990 Friday's Curse Series; 10 episodes
1988 Chasing Rainbows Miniseries
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Episode: "If Looks Could Kill"
1988–1990 War of the Worlds Series; 8 episodes
1990 My Secret Identity Episode: "David's Dream"
1990–93 Top Cops Series; 4 episodes
1990–93 Counterstrike Series; 4 episodes
1995 Mysterious Island Series; 4 episodes
1995 The Outer Limites Episode: "Birthright"
1995–96 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Series; 2 episodes
1995–98 Goosebumps Series; 27 episodes
1998 Animorphs Series; 2 episodes
1998–2003 Da Vinci's Inquest Series; 2 episodes
1997–99 Poltergeist: The Legacy Series; 6 episodes
2000 Code Name: Eternity Series; 4 episodes
2000 The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of Castilla Television film
2000 Dear America: A Line in the Sand Short film
2000–02 The Zack Files Series; 10 episodes
2001–02 Tracker Series; 3 episodes
2006 Imaginary Playmate Television film
2008 The Egg Factory
2011 Matty Hanson and the Invisibility Ray


  1. ^ a b c "William Fruet". Northern Stars. Retrieved January 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "William Fruet". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "William Fruet". The British Film Institute. Retrieved January 22, 2017.

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