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William A. Wellman (1896–1975)


William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born (1937), was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline, MA, Wellman was the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

A Star Is Born
A Star Is Born Director
(1937)
The Ox-Bow Incident
(1943)
The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy Director
(1931)
Battleground
Battleground Director
(1949)

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 1955 Blood Alley
 1954 Ring of Fear (uncredited)
 1952 My Man and I
 1949 Battleground
 1948 Yellow Sky
 1947 Magic Town
 1944 Buffalo Bill
 1942 Roxie Hart
 1939 Beau Geste
 1938 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (some scenes: retakes, uncredited)
 1936 Tarzan Escapes (uncredited)
 1935 Call of the Wild (as William Wellman)
 1934 Stingaree (as William Wellman)
 1934 Viva Villa! (uncredited)
 1934 Looking for Trouble (as William Wellman)
 1933 Female (17 scenes, uncredited)
 1933 College Coach
 1933 Midnight Mary (as William Wellman)
 1933 Lilly Turner
 1932 Frisco Jenny
 1932 So Big!
 1931 Safe in Hell
 1931 Night Nurse
 1930 Young Eagles
 1929 Woman Trap
 1927 Wings
 1926 The Boob
 1925 When Husbands Flirt (as William Wellman)
 1924 The Circus Cowboy (as William Wellman)
 1923 Big Dan
 1923 Second Hand Love (as William Wellman)
 1920 The Twins of Suffering Creek (uncredited)
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2 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 13 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

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Personal Quote:

[Ray Milland] is one of the toughest guys I've ever known in my life, believe it or not. He is an Englishman, you know, but he is a rugged guy. If I got into any trouble, I'd be glad to have Milland with me. And I've had some pros with me. See more »

Trivia:

Wellman was an ace during WWI and served in the French Foreign Legion before becoming a fighter pilot in the Lafayette Flying Corps. He won the Croix de Guerre with two palms before being shot down and sent home, seriously wounded with a broken back. See more »

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