William A. Wellman

1896 - 1975

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William Augustus Wellman (February 29, 1896 – December 9, 1975) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor and military pilot. He was 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William A. Wellman has received more than 536,847 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. William A. Wellman is the 445th most popular film director (down from 346th in 2019), the 2,820th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,252nd in 2019) and the 116th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, William A. Wellman ranks 445 out of 2,041Before him are Thomas Vinterberg, Jacques Tourneur, Louis Feuillade, Bertrand Blier, René Laloux, and Don Bluth. After him are Václav Vorlíček, Paweł Pawlikowski, Anton Corbijn, Ken Russell, Nick Castle, and Philippe Garrel.

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Among people born in 1896, William A. Wellman ranks 103Before him are Henry Allingham, D. R. Bendre, He Long, Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia, Hans Cramer, and Pierre Jeanneret. After him are Charlie Rivel, Ivan Yefimovich Petrov, Dmitry Dmitrievich Maksutov, Josef Sudek, André Hunebelle, and Richard Thorpe. Among people deceased in 1975, William A. Wellman ranks 80Before him are Achille Van Acker, Peregrino Anselmo, Vladimir Kuts, Kang Sheng, Madeleine Vionnet, and Franz Six. After him are Cannonball Adderley, Ma Bufang, Lung Chien, Ezzard Charles, Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, and K. Kamaraj.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William A. Wellman ranks 2,820 out of 20,380Before him are Lea Thompson (1961), Tate Donovan (1963), Ralph Macchio (1961), Don Bluth (1937), Laurie Anderson (1947), and Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860). After him are Leonard Susskind (1940), Jason Miller (1939), Vic Morrow (1929), Edith Roosevelt (1861), Robert H. Jackson (1892), and Harlan Coben (1962).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, William A. Wellman ranks 116Before him are Richard Brooks (1912), Taylor Hackford (1944), Chuck Lorre (1952), Walter Lantz (1899), Delmer Daves (1904), and Don Bluth (1937). After him are Nick Castle (1947), Delbert Mann (1920), John Lasseter (1957), Tom Holland (1943), John Hughes (1950), and Robert Rossen (1908).