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William A. Wellman (William Augustus Wellman)

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Biography

Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
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 great-great-great grandson of Francis Lewis, one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Wellman's father was a stockbroker and his mother, the former Cecilia McCarthy, was born in Ireland. Despite an upper-middle-class upbringing, the young Wellman was a hell-raiser. Read more...

Actor

Character: British lieutenant

Evangeline 1919

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Character: Company Workman

The Star Witness 1931

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Character: Himself

Hollywood 1980

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Character: Himself

Filmmakers in Action 2005

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Directing

Writing