Was an assistant director on the original Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and 34 years later directed its remake, Ben-Hur (1959).
Was at one point considered as director for September Affair (1950).
Was hired to replace Sidney Lumet as director of Funny Girl (1968). Lumet left the picture over differences with producer Ray Stark and star Barbra Streisand. Wyler originally declined the offer, because he was deaf in one ear and said he couldn't do a musical, but reconsidered after meeting Streisand. Several co-stars later publicly blasted Wyler and Streisand for many of their scenes being cut in favor of focusing almost entirely on Streisand.
Was originally set to direct The Sound of Music (1965) but was unable to find much enthusiasm for the material ("I just can't bear to make a picture about all those nice Nazis") and, after he found a more worthy project in The Collector (1965), pulled out.
Younger brother of writer/director Robert Wyler.