William Wellman Jr.

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William Wellman Jr.
Wellman in 2012
Born (1937-01-20) January 20, 1937 (age 85)
Years active1945–2010
Parent(s)William A. Wellman
Dorothy Wellman

William Wellman Jr. (born January 20, 1937) is an American former actor. In a career spanning 65 years, he appeared in about 77 films and television series.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Wellman was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of actress Dorothy Wellman (née Coonan) and director William A. Wellman, about whose life and career he has talked in a number of interviews. His sister is actress Cissy Wellman.

Wellman played the main character, David Michaels, in Image of the Best and The Prodigal Planet, the last two movies in the Christian end times film series A Thief in the Night. He co-wrote The Prodigal Planet. He also starred in Brother Enemy which was produced by Mark IV Pictures, the same that produced the Thief movies.[2]

He played the beatnik biker, Child, in the first Billy Jack (Tom Laughlin) movie "The Born Losers" and then other characters in follow-up Billy Jack movies, "Trial of" and "The Return of Billy Jack".

Wellman appeared in the Fred Williamson blaxploitation film Black Caesar and its sequel Hell Up in Harlem, as a character named Alfred Coleman. Both films were directed by Larry Cohen, who also cast him in It's Alive.

In 1962, he appeared as Pvt. King in the TV Western Gunsmoke. Wellman appeared in a Chrysler sales training film in the 1970s. He also had a role in "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men" (2007 video) as Charlie Evans (as William Wellman).

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "'Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel,' by William Wellman Jr". Washington Post. May 7, 2015. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Lisanti, Thomas (May 7, 2015). Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959-1969. McFarland. p. 418. ISBN 978-1-4766-0142-7.

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