Biography

William Bowers (Las Cruces, 1916 - Woodland Hills, California, 1987) was a reporter in Long Beach, California before becoming a screenwriter and specializing in writing comedy westerns and also turned out several thrillers. His first credited screenplay was My Favorite Spy in 1942.

His career noticeably picked up after his Oscar nomination for the gritty Gregory Peck Western The Gunfighter in 1950, leading to such assignments as the remake of My Man Godfrey in 1957 and The Sheepman in 1958 (a second Oscar nomination).

Bowers produced the last film that he wrote, the superior Western parody Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). He also had a bit part as an actor in The Godfather Part II (1974).

William Bowers (Las Cruces, 1916 - Woodland Hills, California, 1987) was a reporter in Long Beach, California before becoming a screenwriter and specializing in writing comedy westerns and also turned out several thrillers. His first credited screenplay was My Favorite Spy in 1942.

His career noticeably picked up after his Oscar nomination for the gritty Gregory Peck Western The Gunfighter in 1950, leading to such assignments as the remake of My Man Godfrey in 1957 and The Sheepman in 1958 (a second Oscar nomination).

Bowers produced the last film that he wrote, the superior Western parody Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969). He also had a bit part as an actor in The Godfather Part II (1974).

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1916-01-17

Day of Death 1987-03-27

Place of Birth Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1980 More Wild Wild West Screenplay
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Writer
1974 The Gun And The Pulpit Teleplay
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff Screenplay
1967 Ride to Hangman's Tree Screenplay
1966 Way... Way Out Writer
1965 The Wild Wild West (2 episodes)Writer
1964 Advance To The Rear Screenplay
1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie Screenplay
1959 -30- Writer
1959 Alias Jesse James Writer
1958 Imitation General Screenplay
1958 The Law and Jake Wade Screenplay
1958 The Sheepman Screenplay
1957 My Man Godfrey Screenplay
1956 The Best Things In Life Are Free Screenplay
1955 5 Against the House Screenplay
1955 Tight Spot Screenplay
1954 She Couldn't Say No Screenplay
1953 Split Second Screenplay
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)Writer
1952 Four Star Playhouse (1 episode)Writer
1952 Assignment: Paris Screenplay
1952 The San Francisco Story Writer
1951 The Mob Screenplay
1951 Cry Danger Screenplay
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Screenplay
1950 Convicted Screenplay
1950 The Gunfighter Story Screenplay
1949 The Gal Who Took the West Screenplay
1948 The Countess of Monte Cristo Writer
1948 Larceny Writer
1948 Pitfall Screenplay
1948 River Lady Screenplay
1948 Black Bart Screenplay
1948 Jungle Patrol Story
1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Story
1947 Something in the Wind Screenplay
1947 The Web Screenplay
1947 Ladies' Man Story
1946 The Fabulous Suzanne Story
1946 Night and Day Screenplay
1946 The Notorious Lone Wolf Story
1945 Sing Your Way Home Screenplay
1943 The Adventures of a Rookie Story
1942 Seven Days' Leave Screenplay

Acting

1975 Starsky & Hutch (1 episode)
1974 The Godfather: Part II as Senate Committee Chairman

Production

1969 Support Your Local Sheriff Producer

Crew

1949 Abandoned Additional Dialogue

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