William A. Wellman

American director, actor / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.[1]

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William A. Wellman
Born
William Augustus Wellman

(1896-02-29)February 29, 1896
DiedDecember 9, 1975(1975-12-09) (aged 79)
OccupationDirector, actor
Years active19191958
Notable workWings
Spouse(s)Helene Chadwick
(19181923, divorce)
Margery Chapin
(19251926, divorce)
Marjorie Crawford
(19311933, divorce)
Dorothy Coonan
(19341975, his death)
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