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William Kelley

Highest Rated: 92% Witness (1985)

Lowest Rated: 92% Witness (1985)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

William Kelley harbored a notable bad-boy reputation, despite studying early in life to become a priest. He began writing for television in the mid-'50s, frequently penning episodes of such popular series as Gunsmoke and Bonanza. A native of Staten Island and reared in a prominent political family, Kelley eschewed the priesthood in favor of studying at Brown University, and later Harvard Graduate School and Law School. Kelley was a noted military man in addition to his extended education, and the temperamental Air Force boxer was always eager to step into the ring for a good fight. A 1955 episode of Marshall Dillon earned Kelley his first writing credit, and after working as an editor at Doubleday, McGraw-Hill, and Simon and Schuster, he would publish his first novel, Gemini. Quickly racking up TV writing credits, Westerns proved to be Kelley's specialty; he soon became the recipient of a Golden Spur award for his contributions to Gunsmoke and How the West Was Won. A script idea that Kelley had for Gunsmoke was rejected, only to subsequently turn up as a How the West Was Won episode and then, decades later, the Oscar-winning feature film Witness (1985). Showing up at writing conferences and seminars in his later years, Kelley thrived while working with burgeoning writers. In early February of 2003, William Kelley died of cancer in Bishop, CA. He was 73.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Blue Lightning Screenwriter Producer 1986
92% Witness Screenwriter 1985
No Score Yet The Demon Murder Case Screenwriter 1983
No Score Yet The Winds Of Kitty Hawk Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet Trouble in the Glen Nurrich 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Screenwriter 1972
1971
1970
1969
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
1943

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