William A. Wellman

William A. Wellman

Birth
Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 9 Dec 1975 (aged 79)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 6755218 · View Source
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Motion Picture Director. Tough, carousing Hollywood director-writer whose film "Wings" won the first Academy Award presented for Best Picture in 1929. Bored with homework at his Brookline, Massachusetts high school, he devoted his afternoons to hockey. He turned to flying, later becoming a fighter ace with the Lafayette Escadrille in World War I. His wartime exploits so impressed Douglas Fairbanks Sr. that after the war the swashbuckling star extended Wellman an invitation to play a part in the film "Knickerbocker Kangaroo." He decided he "was frightful" as an actor and switched to directing. In 1920 he made his first film, "The Twins of Suffering Creek." Seven years later, directing "Wings," he got so involved in the production that he "all but gave up my principal occupations of the time... wenching, boozing and brawling." Other classics he directed included "The Public Enemy" (1931), "A Star Is Born" (1937), "Beau Geste" (1939), and perhaps his finest film, "The Ox-Bow Incident" (1943).


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 5 Sep 2002
  • Find a Grave Memorial 6755218
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William A. Wellman (29 Feb 1896–9 Dec 1975), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6755218, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.