William Self

William Self

production manager, producer, actor

William Self was born on Jun 21, 1921 in USA. William Self's big-screen debut came with Story of G.I. Joe directed by William A. Wellman in 1945, strarring Pvt. Cookie Henderson (uncredited). William Self is known for Skylark directed by Joseph Sargent, Glenn Close stars as Sarah Witting and Christopher Walken as Jacob Witting. The upcoming new movie William Self plays is Sarah, Plain & Tall: Winter's End which will be released on Nov 21, 1999.

William Self was born June 21, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science in 1943. He worked a year in advertising before beginning a career in acting in 1944. From 1944 to 1952 he acted in over 30 films, one of his largest roles being that of Cpl. Barnes in Howard Hawks' La chose d'un autre monde (1951).In 1952 Self began his producing career as an Assistant Producer on the TV series China Smith (1952). Later that same year he was named Associate Producer of the Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951), which aired on CBS. In 1953 his title was elevated to Producer, reflecting the fact that there had never been any other producer during his time on the series. During his tenure he produced 208 episodes. He also directed four episodes: Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: The Last Out (1955), Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: The Careless Cadet (1955), Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: The Night They Won the Oscar (1956) and Schlitz Playhouse of Stars: The Letter (1956). In 1957 Self produced The Frank Sinatra Show (1957) on ABC. Upon completion of that project, he was employed by CBS as a program executive. His first job was to produce the pilot for La quatrième dimension (1959).In 1958 he moved to 20th Century-Fox Television as an Executive Producer. Over a period of 15 years with Fox, Self was promoted to Vice President in Charge of Production for Television, to Executive Vice President for Television, to President 20th Century-Fox Television,and finally to Vice President 20th Century-Fox Corp. During this period Fox supplied 44 series to the networks, including M.A.S.H. (1972), Batman (1966), Peyton Place (1964), Perdus dans l'espace (1965) and 12 O'Clock High (1964).In 1975 Self joined Mike Frankovich in forming Frankovich/Self Productions. The partnership resulted in two feature films: Le dernier des géants (1976) starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall and James Stewart, and C'est arrivé... entre midi et trois heures (1976) starring Charles Bronson. Self returned to CBS in 1975 as Vice President Head of the West Coast. Later he was named Vice President in Charge of Movies and Miniseries. While in this position, he produced over 250 movies and many miniseries. In 1982 he was offered the position of President of CBS Theatrical Film Division. Ten films were produced under his supervision.He left CBS in 1985 to form Self Productions, Inc. Hallmark Hall of Fame sponsored his first production, Le dixième homme (1988) starring Anthony Hopkins. Later Self partnered with Glenn Close to form a new production company, Sarah Productions. This company provided Hallmark Hall of Fame with three television movies: La nouvelle vie de Sarah (1991), Le combat de Sarah (1993) and Les déchirements du passé (1999).Bill married Margaret Flynn in 1941. They remained together until her death in 2007. He has two children, Edwin and Barbara. Self is a Trustee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the John Tracy Clinic for Deaf Children, and The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. He is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Directors Guild of America, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

  • Birthday

    Jun 21, 1921
  • Place of Birth

    Dayton, Ohio, USA

Known For

Movies & TV Shows