Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
|Died||1987 (aged 70–71)
Woodland Hills, California, United States
William Bowers (January 17, 1916 in Las Cruces – March 27, 1987 in Woodland Hills, California) was a reporter in Long Beach, California and Life magazine reporter before becoming a screenwriter. He specialized in writing comedy westerns, and also turned out several thrillers.
During World War II Bowers served in the United States Army Air Forces where he met Arch Hall Sr.. Bowers later wrote a screenplay based on his experiences, The Last Time I Saw Archie, where Jack Webb played Bowers. A play he wrote entitled West of Tomorrow was filmed as Jungle Patrol.
In 1950 he was Oscar nominated for the gritty Gregory Peck Western, The Gunfighter. After this his career noticeably picked up, leading to such assignments as the remake of My Man Godfrey in 1957 and The Sheepman in 1958 (a second Oscar nomination).
- The Godfather Part II (1974) - Senate Committee Chairman
- My Favorite Spy (1942)
- The Fabulous Suzanne (1946)
- Larceny (1948)
- The Gunfighter (1950)
- Assignment – Paris! (1952)
- Imitation General (1958)
- -30- (1959)
- The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
- Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)
- "William Bowers". The New York Times. April 7, 1987.
- p.3 Weaver, Tom Richard Alden Interview I Talked with a Zombie: Interviews with 23 Veterans of Horror and Sci-fi Films and Television McFarland, 2009
- p. 217 Erickson, Hal Military Comedy Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography of Hollywood Releases Since 1918 McFarland, 7 Aug 2012