William A. Wellman

1896 - 1975

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William A. Wellman has received more than 371,999 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). William A. Wellman is the 272nd most popular film director (up from 274th in 2019), the 1,841st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,766th in 2019) and the 82nd most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, William A. Wellman ranks 272 out of 1,580Before him are Henri Verneuil, Carol Reed, Jim Henson, Robert Benton, James L. Brooks, and Guy Hamilton. After him are Stanley Donen, Germaine Dulac, Michael Bay, Darren Aronofsky, Tengiz Abuladze, and Leonid Gaidai.

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Among people born in 1896, William A. Wellman ranks 70Before him are Michael Balint, Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Karl August Wittfogel, Kenji Miyazawa, Norodom Suramarit, and Dimitri Mitropoulos. After him are Morarji Desai, Heo Jeong, Mao Dun, Henri de Lubac, Mark W. Clark, and Ville Ritola. Among people deceased in 1975, William A. Wellman ranks 57Before him are Gunnar Gunnarsson, George Stevens, Ivan Maisky, Georg Ots, Fredric March, and Walker Evans. After him are Carlo Levi, Joseph Bech, Per Wahlöö, Hans Bellmer, Elijah Muhammad, and Franz Six.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William A. Wellman ranks 1,841 out of 15,968Before him are Steve Vai (1960), Samuel R. Delany (1942), James Van Allen (1914), Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Selena Gomez (1992), and Queen Noor of Jordan (1951). After him are Judd Hirsch (1935), Edward Weston (1886), Robert Wilson (1941), Patricia Cornwell (1956), Sam Houston (1793), and Wild Bill Hickok (1837).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, William A. Wellman ranks 82Before him are George Roy Hill (1921), Jerome Robbins (1918), John Frankenheimer (1930), Jim Henson (1936), Robert Benton (1932), and James L. Brooks (1940). After him are Stanley Donen (1924), Michael Bay (1965), Darren Aronofsky (1969), Sofia Coppola (1971), King Vidor (1894), and Richard Brooks (1912).