William Kelley was the corecipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Witness. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Kelley served in the Air Force in the late 1940s. He spent three years studying for the priesthood in the 1950s. Not surprisingly, his books and screenplays often deal with religious themes.
A screenwriter, novelist, and TV scriptwriter with more than 150 credits, Kelley considered himself a simple man. “I’d rather drink a beer with a farmer, dockhand or a cowboy, or sit and talk with a kid from the streets of Philadelphia, than to have dinner with any president, prince or pope.”