William A. Wellman

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Aircraft Pilot | * 02/29/1896 († 79, 12/09/1975) | Brookline, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
William Augustus Wellman (February 29, 1896 – December 9, 1975) was an American film director known for his work in crime, adventure, and action genre films, often focusing on aviation themes, a particular passion. He also directed several well-regarded satirical comedies. Beginning his film career as an actor, he went on to direct over 80 films, at times co-credited as producer and consultant. In 1927, Wellman directed Wings, which became the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony. ()
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William Augustus Wellman was an American film director. Although Wellman began his film career as an actor, he worked on over 80 films, as director, producer and consultant but most often as a director, notable for his work in crime, adventure and action genre films, often focusing on aviation themes, a particular passion. He also directed several well regarded satirical comedies.Wellman directed the 1927 film Wings, which became the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for William A. Wellman

Academy Award for Best Story National Board of Review Award for Best Film Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 3x Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Story

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Movies with William A. Wellman as Actor(8)

as Himself (archive footage)2008 You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
as Himself (archive footage)2006 Filmmakers in Action
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)1953 Island in the Sky
as Doughboy (uncredited)1927 Wings
as himself1925 1925 Studio Tour

TV Shows/Series with William A. Wellman as Actor(1)

Movies with William A. Wellman as Crew(90)

Writing/Story2018 A Star Is Born
Writing/Story1976 A Star Is Born
Directing/Director1958 Lafayette Escadrille
Production/Producer1958 Lafayette Escadrille
Writing/Story1958 Lafayette Escadrille
Directing/Director1958 Darby's Rangers
Directing/Director1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Directing/Director1955 Blood Alley
Writing/Story1954 A Star Is Born
Directing/Director1954 The High and the Mighty
Directing/Director1954 Track of the Cat
Directing/Director1953 Island in the Sky
Directing/Director1952 My Man and I
Directing/Director1951 Across the Wide Missouri
Directing/Director1951 It's a Big Country
Directing/Director1951 Westward the Women
Directing/Director1950 The Next Voice You Hear...
Directing/Director1950 The Happy Years
Directing/Director1949 Battleground
Directing/Director1948 Yellow Sky
Directing/Director1948 The Iron Curtain
Directing/Director1947 Magic Town
Production/Producer1947 Magic Town
Directing/Director1946 Gallant Journey
Writing/Writer1946 Gallant Journey
Directing/Director1945 This Man's Navy
Directing/Director1945 Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe
Directing/Director1944 Buffalo Bill
Directing/Director1943 The Ox-Bow Incident
Directing/Director1943 Lady of Burlesque
Directing/Director1942 The Great Man's Lady
Production/Producer1942 The Great Man's Lady
Directing/Director1942 Thunder Birds
Directing/Director1942 Roxie Hart
Directing/Director1941 Reaching for the Sun
Directing/Director1939 The Light That Failed
Production/Producer1939 The Light That Failed
Directing/Director1939 Beau Geste
Production/Producer1939 Beau Geste
Directing/Director1938 Men with Wings
Production/Producer1938 Men with Wings
Directing/Director1937 Nothing Sacred
Writing/Story1937 The Last Gangster
Directing/Director1937 A Star Is Born
Writing/Story1937 A Star Is Born
Directing/Director1936 Robin Hood of El Dorado
Writing/Screenplay1936 Robin Hood of El Dorado
Directing/Director1936 Tarzan Escapes
Directing/Director1936 Small Town Girl
Directing/Director1935 Call of the Wild
Directing/Second Unit Director1935 China Seas
Directing/Director1934 Looking for Trouble
Directing/Director1934 Viva Villa!
Directing/Director1934 The President Vanishes
Directing/Director1934 Stingaree
Directing/Director1933 Wild Boys of the Road
Directing/Director1933 Heroes for Sale
Directing/Assistant Director1933 Female
Directing/Director1933 Central Airport
Directing/Director1933 Midnight Mary
Directing/Director1933 College Coach
Directing/Director1933 Lilly Turner
Directing/Director1932 Frisco Jenny
Directing/Director1932 The Purchase Price
Directing/Director1932 The Hatchet Man
Directing/Director1932 So Big!
Directing/Director1932 The Conquerors
Directing/Director1932 Love Is a Racket
Directing/Director1931 The Public Enemy
Directing/Director1931 The Star Witness
Directing/Director1931 Safe in Hell
Directing/Director1931 Night Nurse
Directing/Director1931 Other Men's Women
Directing/Director1930 Young Eagles
Directing/Director1930 Dangerous Paradise
Directing/Director1930 Maybe It's Love
Directing/Director1929 Chinatown Nights
Directing/Director1929 The Man I Love
Directing/Director1929 Woman Trap
Directing/Director1928 The Legion of the Condemned
Production/Producer1928 The Legion of the Condemned
Directing/Director1928 Beggars of Life
Directing/Director1928 Ladies of the Mob
Production/Producer1928 Ladies of the Mob
Directing/Director1927 Wings
Directing/Director1926 The Cat's Pajamas
Directing/Director1926 You Never Know Women
Directing/Director1926 The Boob
Directing/Director1923 The Man Who Won
Directing/Director1923 Big Dan

Born: Saturday, 02/29 1896 (February) in Brookline, Massachusetts (United States of America (USA))
Died: Tuesday, 12/09 1975 (December) in Los Angeles (aged: 79)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: English (EN)
Spouses (current/former): Helene Chadwick, Dorothy Wellman
Father: Arthur Gouverneur Wellman
Mother: Cecila McCarthy
Other names for William A. Wellman (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"William Augustus Wellman"
"William Wellman"
William A. Wellman frequently works together with these people:
George Chandler (18x, Actor)
John Wayne (10x, Actor)
Robert Carson (10x, Crew)
Cedric Gibbons (8x, Crew)
Bob Perry (8x, Actor)
Andy Devine (8x, Actor)
Irving Bacon (8x, Actor)
Jack Okey (8x, Crew)
Sidney Hickox (8x, Crew)
George Irving (8x, Actor)
Earl Luick (7x, Crew)
Ralph Edwards (2x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:80148, Added: 05/26/2018, Last updated: 10/06/2021