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Colin Welland


Born - 4 July 1934, Leigh, Lancashire, England
Died - 2 November 2015

Bulky English character actor and writer with a mass of brown curly hair and (later) moustache who won a Bafta for his performance in Kes (1969) and an Oscar 12 years later for his screenplay for Chariots of Fire. Born Colin Williams, and a former art teacher who turned to acting, he made his first impact on TV in 1962 as one of the young constables in the series Z Cars. It was Kes that brought him his first movie role. Later, he was seen in Villain (1971), Straw Dogs (1971), Sweeney! (1977) and Dancin' thru the Dark (1990), but it was writing that occupied much of his time. He won another Bafta for writing the TV drama Kisses at Fifty (1973) and his film screenplays also included Yanks (1978), Twice in a Lifetime (1985), A Dry White Season (1989) and War of the Buttons (1994). Married with four daughters, he died from Alzheimer's Disease.