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Also Known As: Colin Williams Died:
Born: July 4, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: screenwriter, actor, art teacher

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A British actor and screenwriter, Colin Welland wrote and performed in several British TV shows, including "Z Cars," before entering film in 1969 and garnering acclaim for his supporting role in Ken Loach's "Kes." Welland scripted John Schlesinger's "Yanks" (1979) and has since worked consistently as a screenwriter and occasionally as an actor. He appeared in Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971) and won a Best Screenplay Oscar for "Chariots of Fire" (1981), the story of the British 1924 Olympics runners which also won the Academy Award as Best Picture.

A British actor and screenwriter, Colin Welland wrote and performed in several British TV shows, including "Z Cars," before entering film in 1969 and garnering acclaim for his supporting role in Ken Loach's "Kes." Welland scripted John Schlesinger's "Yanks" (1979) and has since worked consistently as a screenwriter and occasionally as an actor. He appeared in Sam Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" (1971) and won a Best Screenplay Oscar for "Chariots of Fire" (1981), the story of the British 1924 Olympics runners which also won the Academy Award as Best Picture.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Secret Life Of Ian Fleming, The (1990) George Fowler
2.
 Dancin' Thru the Dark (1990) Bransky'S Manager
3.
 Farmers Arms (1983) Wally
4.
 Sweeney (1976) Chadwick
5.
 Straw Dogs (1972) Reverend Barney Hood
6.
 Villain (1971) Tom Binney
7.
 Kes (1969) Mr. Farthing
8.
 Bramwell VI (2001) Mr Barclay (Episode 5)
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1958:
Was art teacher; also taught English
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Was with Manchester Library Theatre
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TV writing debut on the British series "Z Cars"
1968:
Had play produced, "Bangelstein's Boys"
1969:
First teleplay, adaptation of "Banglestein's Boys", aired on ITV's "Saturday Night Theatre"
1969:
Screen acting debut in "Kes"
1979:
Screenwriting debut, "Yanks"
1981:
Wrote screenplay for "Chariots of Fire"
1987:
Adapted his teleplay "Kisses at 50" as feature film "Twice in a Lifetime"
1989:
Co-wrote "A Dry White Season" for the screen
1990:
Acted in "The Secret Life of Ian Fleming"
1994:
Adapted "The War of the Buttons" for the screen
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Scripted "Tower" (lensed 2001), based on a true story about Welsh miners who fought to buy control of the last deep mine in South Wales
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Education

Bretton Hall College: -
Goldsmith's College: -

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wife:
Patricia Sweeney. Schoolteacher. Married 1962.

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father:
John Arthur Williams.
mother:
Norah Williams.
daughter:
Genevieve Williams.
daughter:
Catherine Williams.
daughter:
Caroline Williams.
son:
Christie Williams.
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