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Hollywood Stories and Yours

Ken Wales

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Veteran filmmaker Ken Wales, Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed and award-winning CBS Television series Christy, began his drama career playing a juvenile role on a local radio show in Kokomo, Indiana. Wales received the first Walt Disney four-year scholarship and graduated with honours from the School of Cinema at The University of Southern California. He has acted in over 35 films and television shows.

During a fifteen year partnership with director Blake Edwards, Wales produced many memorable films including The Tamarind Seed and The Wild Rovers. He also served as associate producer on many feature films including Darling Lili, The Great Race, The Party and Revenge of the Pink Panther.

Wales co-produced the ABC 8 hour miniseries, Emmycopy; nominated and Golden Globecopy; winner John Steinbeck's East of Eden, starring Jane Seymour, and was associate producer of the first season of Cagney & Lacey.

He was Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures and has served as production supervisor and consultant for many other features.

Wales received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Greenville College in Illinois and is on the faculty of his alma mater, the School of Cinema and Television at University of Southern California.

Most recently, he was producer of the film Amazing Grace, based on the life of antislavery pioneer William Wilberforce.

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