Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 82

Birthday 1896-02-29

Day of Death 1975-12-09

Place of Birth Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Augustus Wellman
  • William Wellman

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1958 Lafayette Escadrille Director
1958 Darby's Rangers Director
1956 Good-bye, My Lady Director
1955 Blood Alley Director
1954 Track of the Cat Director
1954 The High and the Mighty Director
1953 Island in the Sky Director
1952 My Man and I Director
1951 Westward the Women Director
1951 It's a Big Country Director
1951 Across the Wide Missouri Director
1950 The Happy Years Director
1950 The Next Voice You Hear.... Director
1949 Battleground Director
1948 Yellow Sky Director
1948 The Iron Curtain Director
1947 Magic Town Director
1946 Gallant Journey Director
1945 Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe Director
1945 This Man's Navy Director
1943 Buffalo Bill Director
1943 Lady of Burlesque Director
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident Director
1942 Thunder Birds Director
1942 The Great Man's Lady Director
1942 Roxie Hart Director
1941 Reaching for the Sun Director
1939 The Light That Failed Director
1939 Beau Geste Director
1938 Men with Wings Director
1937 Nothing Sacred Director
1937 A Star Is Born Director
1936 Tarzan Escapes Director
1936 Small Town Girl Director
1936 Robin Hood of El Dorado Director
1935 China Seas Second Unit Director
1935 Call of the Wild Director
1934 The President Vanishes Director
1934 Stingaree Director
1934 Viva Villa! Director
1934 Looking for Trouble Director
1933 College Coach Director
1933 Female Assistant Director
1933 Wild Boys of the Road Director
1933 Midnight Mary Director
1933 Heroes for Sale Director
1933 Lilly Turner Director
1933 Central Airport Director
1932 Frisco Jenny Director
1932 The Conquerors Director
1932 The Purchase Price Director
1932 Love Is a Racket Director
1932 So Big! Director
1932 The Hatchet Man Director
1931 Safe in Hell Director
1931 The Star Witness Director
1931 Night Nurse Director
1931 The Public Enemy Director
1931 Other Men's Women Director
1930 Maybe It's Love Director
1930 Young Eagles Director
1930 Dangerous Paradise Director
1929 Woman Trap Director
1929 The Man I Love Director
1929 Chinatown Nights Director
1928 Beggars of Life Director
1928 Ladies of the Mob Director
1928 The Legion of the Condemned Director
1927 Wings Director
1926 You Never Know Women Director
1926 The Boob Director
1923 Big Dan Director
1923 The Man Who Won Director

Acting

The Men Who Made the Movies (1 episode)
2006 Filmmakers in Action as Himself (archive footage)
1953 Island in the Sky as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1952 This Is Your Life (1 episode)
1931 Screen Snapshots (Series 10, No. 8) as Himself
1927 Wings as Doughboy (uncredited)
1919 The Knickerbocker Buckaroo as Henry

Writing

2018 A Star Is Born Story
1976 A Star Is Born Story
1954 A Star Is Born Story
1946 Gallant Journey Writer
1937 The Last Gangster Story
1937 A Star Is Born Story
1936 Robin Hood of El Dorado Screenplay

Production

1947 Magic Town Producer
1942 The Great Man's Lady Producer
1939 The Light That Failed Producer
1939 Beau Geste Producer
1938 Men with Wings Producer
1928 Ladies of the Mob Producer
1928 The Legion of the Condemned Producer

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