William Wellman, Jr., son of Hollywood's legendary director, "Wild Bill" Wellman, spent most of his childhood around filmdom's celebrities. His neighborhood was filled with them. Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Carole Lombard, Frank Capra, Lana Turner, John Payne, Jennifer Jones, Red Skelton, Peter Lawford, William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd to name just a few. If they weren't coming to his family home, he met them at theirs, or on the sets and locations of 23 of his father's films. His first girlfriend was Jane Fonda.
While still in his teens, he left Duke University for a career in the movies. He is credited with over 180 movies and television shows, 17 stage productions and some 200 commercial and industrial films. In 1981, he was awarded the Best Actor of The Year by the Christian Film Distributors for Heartland's Brother Enemy. He was nominated again in 1982 for Mark IV Pictures' The Prodigal Planet.
Join Bill after the screening of -
ROBiN HOOD OF EL DORADO
High School Auditorium
Sunday @ 10.00 AM
Admission by Festival Button Only
Director by William A. Wellman, this 1936 MGM film stars Warner Baxter, Ann Loring, Bruce Cabot and J. Carrol Naish. Bill Wellman Jr. will be on hand with Ed to discuss his father’s relationship with MGM and in making films in Hollywood over a period of almost 40 years.
Bill will also be in the Museum at the William Wellman exhibit on Friday (Time to Be determined) and Saturday (Time to Be determined) to answer your questions in our new “One on One” format.
See Full Bio: www.williamwellmanjr.com
Books by Wellman will be in the Museum store. Bill will also be autographing books- see Museum or Ticket office for schedule.
Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel - Hardcover Now Available in Gift Shop
Buy yours during the Film Festival to have Bill add personal autograph
The extraordinary life—the first—of the legendary, undercelebrated Hollywood director known in his day as “Wild Bill” (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in close-up art, ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas.
The extraordinary life—the first—of the legendary, under celebrated Hollywood director known in his day as “Wild Bill” (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in close-up art, ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas.