Actor and Oscar-winning writer Colin Welland passes away

Oscar-winning British writer and actor Colin Welland passed away at the age of 81. He was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Welland had won an Academy Award (Oscar) for best original screenplay in 1982 for Chariots of Fire.

About Colin Welland

  • He was born on 4 July 1934 in Lancashire, United Kingdom.
  • Prior to his acting career, he had worked as a teacher and taught art at Manchester Road Secondary Modern School in Leigh.
  • As an actor, Welland had appeared in the BBC Television series Z-Cars, Kes (1969), as a schoolteacher (of English).
  • His screenwriting credits include the film Yanks (1979) which has been was directed by John Schlesinger and Twice in a Lifetime (1985).
  • Awards: As an actor, he has won a BAFTA award in 1969 for playing the sympathetic English teacher Mr Farthing in Ken Loach’s Kes.

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