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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur."

After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated,[2] they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.

Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces.

In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.

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George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur."

After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated,[2] they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety.

Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces.

In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 167

Birthday 1915-05-06

Day of Death 1985-10-10

Place of Birth Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Орсон Уэллс

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 The Merchant of Venice as Shylock
2015 This Is Orson Welles as Himself
2014 Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles as Himself (archive footage)
2013 Talking Pictures(1 episode) as Himself - Archive footage
2003 Modern Art - A Complete Guide as Narrator
2001 A Huey P. Newton Story
2000 Moby Dick as Captain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage)
2000 L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles as Himself (archive footage)
1997 Tudo é Brasil as Himself (archive footage)
1996 The Battle Over Citizen Kane as Himself (archive footage)
1995 Orson Welles: The One-Man Band as Himself (archive footage)
1995 A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies as Himself
1993 La Classe Américaine as Himself (Archive Footage)
1993 It's All True as Himself - Interview
1992 Don Quixote as Himself
1990 With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film as Himself(archive footage)
1990 Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream
1988 Someone to Love as Danny's Friend
1986 The Transformers: The Movie as Unicron (voice)
1985 Where Is Parsifal?
1985 Scene of the Crime (US)(4 episodes)
1985 Moonlighting(1 episode)
1985 Orson Welles' Magic Show as Himself
1984 The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail as Narrator
1984 The Road to Bresson as Himself
1984 The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh as himself
1983 The Greatest Adventure--The Story of Man's Voyage to the Moon as Narrator
1983 Hot Money
1982 Slapstick (Of Another Kind) as Aliens' Father (voice)
1982 Butterfly as Judge Rauch
1982 Orson Welles' The Dreamers
1981 History of the World: Part I as Narrator
1981 Filming 'The Trial' as Himself
1981 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow as Presenter / Narrator
1980 Magnum, P.I.(3 episodes)
1980 Shōgun(5 episodes) as Narrator
1980 Shogun as Narrator (voice)
1980 The Secret of Nikola Tesla as J.P. Morgan
1980 A Step Away as English Narrator
1979 Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali as Narrator
1979 The Muppet Movie as Lew Lord
1979 The Late, Great Planet Earth as Himself
1978 Filming Othello as Host
1978 The Biggest Battle as Narratore
1978 Tut: The Boy King as Himself - Host
1978 Mysterious Castles of Clay as Narrator
1978 The Force Beyond as Himself (archive footage)
1977 It Happened One Christmas as Henry F. Potter
1977 Hot Tomorrows as Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
1977 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner as Narrator
1976 Voyage of the Damned as José Estedes
1976 F for Fake Trailer
1975 AFI Tribute to Orson Welles as Himself
1975 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi as Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
1975 Who's Out There? as Host
1974 The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts(4 episodes)
1974 Ten Little Indians as Voice on Tape
1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries(26 episodes)
1973 F for Fake as Himself
1972 Treasure Island as Long John Silver
1972 Necromancy as Mr. Cato
1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit as Mr. Delasandro
1972 Future Shock as Narrator
1971 London as Winston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw
1971 Ten Days Wonder as Théo Van Horn
1971 Directed by John Ford as Narrator (voice)
1971 A Safe Place as The Magician
1971 Sentinels of Silence
1971 Flames of Persia as Narrator
1971 Freedom River as Narrator
1971 Malpertuis as Cassavius
1970 The Golden Honeymoon
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right? as Narrator
1970 Waterloo as Louis XVIII
1970 Start the Revolution Without Me as The Narrator
1970 The Deep
1970 Catch-22 as Brigadier General Dreedle
1970 The Kremlin Letter as Bresnavitch
1970 Upon This Rock as Michelangelo (voice)
1969 The Battle of Neretva as Četnik
1969 Twelve Plus One as Markan
1969 The Southern Star as Plankett
1969 Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat as Justinian
1969 Kampf um Rom Collection as Justinian
1969 Tepepa as Colonel Cascorro
1969 To Build a Fire as Narrator (voice)
1968 The Fight for Rome as Justinian
1968 House of Cards as Leschenhaut
1968 Oedipus the King as Tiresias
1968 The Immortal Story as Charles Clay
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(1 episode)
1968 Portrait: Orson Welles as Interviewee
1968 Vienna as Himself
1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname as Jonathan Lute
1967 Casino Royale as Le Chiffre
1967 Ten Days That Shook the World as Narrator
1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
1966 A Man for All Seasons as Cardinal Wolsey
1966 Is Paris Burning? as Konsul Nordling
1966 Orson Welles in Spain as Himself
1965 Chimes at Midnight as Falstaff
1965 Marco the Magnificent as Akerman
1965 A King's Story as Narrator
1964 The Finest Hours as Narrator (voice)
1964 Nella terra di Don Chisciotte(9 episodes) as Himself
1963 The V.I.P.s as Max Buda
1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G. as Il regista
1962 The Trial as Albert Hastler
1962 Lafayette as Benjamin Franklin
1961 King of Kings as Narrator (Voice)
1961 The Tartars as Burundai
1960 David and Goliath as King Saul
1960 Crack in the Mirror as Hagolin / Lamerciere
1959 Ferry to Hong Kong as Captain Hart
1959 Compulsion as Jonathan Wilk
1958 The Roots of Heaven as Cy Sedgewick
1958 The Fountain of Youth as the narrator
1958 The Vikings as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1958 Touch of Evil as Police Captain Hank Quinlan
1958 The Long, Hot Summer as Will Varner
1957 Man in the Shadow as Virgil Renchler
1956 Moby Dick as Father Mapple
1956 The Steve Allen Show(2 episodes)
1955 Around the World with Orson Welles(6 episodes) as Host: Orson Welles
1955 Around the World with Orson Welles
1955 Orson Welles' Sketch Book as Himself/host
1955 Three Cases of Murder as Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
1955 Mr. Arkadin as Gregory Arkadin
1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed as An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
1955 Napoleon as Sir Hudson Lowe
1954 Trouble in the Glen as Sanin Cejador y Mengues
1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles as Benjamin Franklin
1953 King Lear as King Lear
1953 Return to Glennascaul: A Story Told in Dublin as Narrator
1952 Omnibus(1 episode) as King Lear
1952 Trent's Last Case as Sigsbee Manderson
1952 Man, Beast, and Virtue as Captain Perella, the Beast
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Othello as Othello
1951 I Love Lucy(1 episode)
1950 The Black Rose as Bayan
1949 Prince of Foxes as Cesare Borgia
1949 The Third Man as Harry Lime
1949 Black Magic as Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
1948 Macbeth as Macbeth
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)
1947 The Lady from Shanghai as Michael O'Hara
1946 The Stranger as Charles Rankin
1946 Tomorrow Is Forever as John Andrew MacDonald
1944 Follow the Boys as Orson Welles
1943 Jane Eyre as Edward Rochester
1943 Journey Into Fear as Colonel Haki
1942 The Magnificent Ambersons as Narrator (voice)
1941 Citizen Kane as Charles Foster Kane
1940 Swiss Family Robinson as Opening Narrator
1939 The Green Goddess as Rajah / Narrator
1938 Too Much Johnson as Keystone Kop
1937 The Spanish Earth as Narrator (voice)
1934 The Hearts of Age as Death

Directing

2018 The Other Side of the WindDirector
2015 The Merchant of VeniceDirector
2000 Moby DickDirector
2000 L'affaire Dominici par Orson WellesDirector
1993 It's All TrueDirector
1992 Don QuixoteDirector
1985 Orson Welles' Magic ShowDirector
1984 The Spirit of Charles LindberghDirector
1981 Filming 'The Trial'Director
1978 Filming OthelloDirector
1976 F for Fake TrailerDirector
1973 F for FakeDirector
1971 LondonDirector
1970 The Golden HoneymoonDirector
1970 The DeepDirector
1968 The Immortal StoryDirector
1968 ViennaDirector
1965 Chimes at MidnightDirector
1964 Nella terra di Don Chisciotte(9 episodes)Director
1962 The TrialDirector
1958 The Fountain of YouthDirector
1958 Touch of EvilDirector
1958 Portrait of GinaDirector
1955 Around the World with Orson WellesDirector
1955 Orson Welles' Sketch BookDirector
1955 Mr. ArkadinDirector
1955 Moby Dick RehearsedDirector
1951 OthelloDirector
1949 Black MagicDirector
1948 MacbethDirector
1947 The Lady from ShanghaiDirector
1946 The StrangerDirector
1942 The Magnificent AmbersonsDirector
1941 Citizen KaneDirector
1939 The Green GoddessDirector
1938 Too Much JohnsonDirector
1934 The Hearts of AgeDirector

Writing

2018 The Other Side of the WindWriter
2015 The Merchant of VeniceScreenplay
2002 The Magnificent AmbersonsScreenplay
2000 Moby DickTheatre Play
1999 The Big Brass RingScenario Writer
1985 Orson Welles' Magic ShowWriter
1978 Filming OthelloWriter
1973 F for FakeWriter
1971 LondonWriter
1970 The Golden HoneymoonWriter
1970 The DeepScreenplay
1968 The Immortal StoryWriter
1968 ViennaWriter
1965 Chimes at MidnightScreenplay
1962 The TrialScreenplay
1958 The Fountain of YouthWriter
1958 Touch of EvilScreenplay
1958 Portrait of GinaWriter
1955 Orson Welles' Sketch BookWriter
1955 Mr. ArkadinWriter
1955 Moby Dick RehearsedWriter
1951 OthelloWriter
1947 The Lady from ShanghaiScreenplay
1947 Monsieur VerdouxIdea
1942 The Magnificent AmbersonsScreenplay
1941 Citizen KaneScreenplay
1939 The Green GoddessAdaptation
1938 Too Much JohnsonWriter

Production

2015 The Merchant of VeniceProducer
1981 Filming 'The Trial'Producer
1971 Freedom RiverProducer
1970 The DeepProducer
1958 The Fountain of YouthProducer
1951 OthelloProducer
1947 The Lady from ShanghaiProducer
1943 Jane EyreAssociate Producer
1942 The Magnificent AmbersonsProducer
1941 Citizen KaneProducer
1939 The Green GoddessProducer

Creator

2002 The Magnificent AmbersonsCreator
1964 Nella terra di Don ChisciotteCreator
1955 Around the World with Orson WellesCreator

Editing

2018 The Other Side of the WindEditor
1964 Nella terra di Don Chisciotte(9 episodes)Editor

Art

1958 The Fountain of YouthProduction Design

Crew

1982 Trick or TreatsOther

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