LONDON – November 3, 2015 — (Gephardt Daily) — Colin Welland, Oscar-winning writer and actor, has passed away at 81.
In a statement from his family, Welland had been suffering with Alzheimer’s disease for several years, but died peacefully in his sleep.
Welland won an Oscar in 1982 for best original screenplay for writing the film “Chariots of Fire,” which focuses on two athletes at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Welland, was also a recognized actor and was seen in many British films and TV shows in the late 60’s and 70’s.
In a statement released via his agent Anthony Jones, his family said: “Colin will be desperately missed by his family and friends.” Jones added, “Alzheimer’s is a cruel illness and there have been difficult times but in the end Colin died peacefully in his sleep. We are proud of Colin’s many achievements during his life but most of all he will be missed as a loving and generous friend, husband, father and granddad.”