Amazing Grace producer on campus
WILMORE, KY—Asbury College welcomes Hollywood producer Ken Wales to campus Nov. 14-15.
Asbury College’s media communications department and the Lilly Transformations Project are hosting a special screening of Bristol Bay Production’s Amazing Grace: The William Wilberforce Story with comments from Wales on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. in Hughes.
Wales’ trip also includes speaking in Chapel on Nov. 14, guest lecturing classes and holding information discussions regarding C.S. Lewis’s classic, “The Great Divorce.”
Wales, a veteran filmmaker and 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, Ind. At age 14 he operated the projector at the legendary Aero Theater in Santa Monica, Calif., where he became a serious film buff. Wales received the first Walt Disney four-year scholarship and graduated with honors from the School of Cinema at the University of Southern California. He has acted in more than 35 films and television shows.
Following graduation, Ken was cast as Glenn Ford’s FBI sidekick in Blake Edwards’ Experiment in Terror. Edwards, the highly respected director, was completing Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn. Intrigued with Wales’ filmmaking abilities, Edwards recruited him to become his associate.
During his 15-year partnership with Edwards, Wales produced many memorable films including: The Tamarind Seed, starring Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif; and Wild Rovers, starring William Holden and Ryan O’Neal. Ken also associate produced many feature films including Darling Lili, starring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson; The Great Race, with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood; and The Party and Revenge of the Pink Panther, both starring Peter Sellers.
Wales co-produced the ABC 8-hour television mini-series, Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe winner, “John Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden,’” starring Jane Seymour. Ken was associate producer during the first season of “Cagney and Lacey.” He also produced such feature films as The Prodigal, starring Hope Lange and John Cullum, for Billy Graham; Door to Door, with Ron Liebman and Arliss Howard; and Islands in the Stream, starring George C. Scott.
Wales was vice president of production for Walt Disney Pictures, the Disney Channel and has served as production supervisor and consultant for many other feature films, including MGM’s Yes, Giorgio, starring the world-renowned tenor, Luciano Pavarotti.
Wales received an honorary doctor of fine arts from Greenville College in Illinois, and is on the faculty of his alma mater, The School of Cinema and Television at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. Ken is deeply committed to mentoring promising young filmmakers and furthering their creative dreams.