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Orson Welles

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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Orson Welles, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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May 6, 1915 In Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Hearts of Age 1934-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Friedkin Uncut 2018-11-05
Known For
Poster of Orson Welles: The One-Man Band
Poster of The Immortal Story
Poster of Moby Dick
Poster of Prince of Foxes
Movie Friedkin Uncut Self 2018-11-05
Movie The Other Side of the Wind Journalist (voice) 2018-11-02
Movie This Is Orson Welles Himself 2015-05-21
Movie Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Self / Various Roles (archive footage) 2014-12-12
Movie Too Much Johnson Keystone Kop 2013-10-09
Movie Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff Genghis Khan / Bayan (archive footage) 2010-05-05
Movie The Deep Russ Brewer 2007-07-08
Movie Lost in La Mancha Himself (archive footage) 2002-02-11
Movie A Huey P. Newton Story 2001-06-18
Movie Moby Dick Captain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage) 2000-05-01
Movie L'affaire Dominici Himself (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Tudo é Brasil Himself (archive footage) 1997-09-18
Movie Orson Welles: The One-Man Band Himself (archive footage) 1995-10-08
Movie The Battle Over Citizen Kane Himself (archive footage) 1995-12-31
Movie La Classe américaine Self (archive footage) 1993-12-31
Movie It's All True Himself 1993-10-17
Movie Don Quixote Himself 1992-01-01
Movie Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream 1990-01-01
Movie Someone to Love Himself 1987-09-11
Movie The Transformers: The Movie Unicron (voice) 1986-08-08
Movie It's Not All True Himself (archive footage) 1986-08-22
Movie Orson Welles' Magic Show Himself 1985-01-24
Movie The Dreamers 1985-02-05
Movie The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh himself 1984-01-01
Movie Where Is Parsifal? Klingsor 1984-01-01
Movie The Road to Bresson Himself 1984-01-31
Movie The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail Narrator 1984-05-09
Movie Hot Money Sheriff Paisley 1983-01-01
Movie The Greatest Adventure--The Story of Man's Voyage to the Moon Narrator 1983-01-02
Movie The Quest for Fire Adventure Narrator 1982-01-01
Movie Slapstick (Of Another Kind) Aliens' Father (voice) 1982-12-09
Movie Brasil Self (archive footage) 1981-01-01
Movie Filming 'The Trial' Himself 1981-02-01
Movie History of the World: Part I Narrator 1981-06-12
Movie A Step Away English Narrator 1980-01-02
Movie The Secret of Nikola Tesla J.P. Morgan 1980-02-19
Series Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11
Series Shogun Narrator 1980-09-15
Movie The Orson Welles Show Himself 1979-01-01
Movie The Late, Great Planet Earth Himself 1979-01-01
Movie The Muppet Movie Lew Lord 1979-05-31
Movie Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali Narrator 1979-12-29
Movie The Double McGuffin Narrator 1979-06-01
Movie The Force Beyond Himself (archive footage) 1978-01-01
Movie Tut: The Boy King Himself - Host 1978-01-01
Movie The Biggest Battle Narratore 1978-02-07
Movie Mysterious Castles of Clay Narrator 1978-01-01
Movie Filming Othello Host 1978-07-10
Movie The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Narrator 1977-01-01
Movie Hot Tomorrows Parklawn Mortuary (voice) 1977-04-01
Movie It Happened One Christmas Henry F. Potter 1977-12-11
Movie Voyage of the Damned José Estedes 1976-12-22
Movie Who's Out There? Host 1975-01-01
Movie Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice) 1975-01-09
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Orson Welles Himself 1975-06-10
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie And Then There Were None Voice on Tape 1974-09-24
Movie F for Fake Trailer 1973-01-01
Movie The Battle of Sutjeska Winston Churchill 1973-07-03
Series Orson Welles' Great Mysteries 1973-09-01
Movie F for Fake Himself 1973-09-01
Movie Future Shock Narrator 1972-02-22
Movie Get to Know Your Rabbit Mr. Delasandro 1972-06-01
Movie Treasure Island Long John Silver 1972-10-01
Movie Necromancy Mr. Cato 1972-09-22
Movie Freedom River Narrator 1971-01-01
Movie Malpertuis Cassavius 1971-01-01
Movie Sentinels of Silence 1971-05-01
Movie Ten Days Wonder Théo Van Horn 1971-12-01
Movie Directed by John Ford Narrator (voice) 1971-10-06
Movie A Safe Place The Magician 1971-10-01
Movie The Kremlin Letter Bresnavitch 1970-02-01
Movie Upon This Rock Michelangelo (voice) 1970-01-01
Movie Start the Revolution Without Me The Narrator 1970-08-14
Movie Catch-22 Brigadier General Dreedle 1970-06-24
Movie Waterloo Louis XVIII 1970-10-26
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie Is It Always Right to Be Right? Narrator 1970-10-31
Movie To Build a Fire Narrator (voice) 1969-01-01
Movie Tepepa Colonel Cascorro 1969-01-31
Movie The Battle of Neretva Četnik 1969-10-07
Movie The Merchant of Venice Shylock 1969-12-01
Movie Vienna Himself 1968-01-01
Movie Portrait: Orson Welles Self 1968-06-01
Movie Oedipus the King Tiresias 1968-06-01
Movie The Immortal Story Charles Clay 1968-06-01
Movie The Fight for Rome Justinian 1968-12-17
Movie The Sailor from Gibraltar 1967-01-01
Movie Ten Days That Shook the World Narrator 1967-01-01
Movie Casino Royale Le Chiffre 1967-04-13
Movie I'll Never Forget What's'isname Jonathan Lute 1967-12-18
Movie Orson Welles in Spain Himself 1966-06-01
Movie A King's Story Narrator 1965-01-01
Movie Chimes at Midnight Falstaff 1965-03-16
Movie Marco the Magnificent Akerman, Marco's Teacher 1965-08-06
Series Nella terra di Don Chisciotte Himself 1964-01-01
Movie The Finest Hours Narrator (voice) 1964-09-29
Movie Ro.Go.Pa.G. The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta") 1963-02-19
Movie The V.I.P.s Max Buda 1963-09-01
Movie Lafayette Benjamin Franklin 1962-02-14
Movie The Trial Albert Hastler 1962-12-21
Movie The Tartars Burundai 1961-08-18
Movie David and Goliath Re Saul 1960-01-22
Movie Austerlitz Robert Fulton 1960-06-17
Movie Crack in the Mirror Hagolin / Lamerciere 1960-05-19
Movie Compulsion Jonathan Wilk 1959-04-01
Movie Ferry to Hong Kong Captain Hart 1959-10-29
Movie The Long, Hot Summer Will Varner 1958-04-03
Movie The Vikings Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1958-06-11
Movie The Roots of Heaven Cy Sedgewick 1958-10-15
Movie The Fountain of Youth the narrator 1958-09-16
Movie Man in the Shadow Virgil Renchler 1957-09-20
Movie Moby Dick Father Mapple 1956-06-27
Movie Mr. Arkadin Gregory Arkadin 1955-03-01
Movie Moby Dick—Rehearsed An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab 1955-01-01
Series Around the World with Orson Welles Host: Orson Welles 1955-10-07
Movie Three Cases of Murder Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment) 1955-03-15
Movie Napoleon Sir Hudson Lowe 1955-03-25
Movie Orson Welles' Sketch Book Self - Host 1955-04-24
Movie Royal Affairs in Versailles Benjamin Franklin 1954-02-10
Movie Trouble in the Glen Sanin Cejador y Mengues 1954-06-15
Movie Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin Narrator 1953-02-01
Movie King Lear King Lear 1953-10-18
Movie Don Camillo Voice of Christ 1952-03-28
Movie Man, Beast, and Virtue Captain Perella, the Beast 1952-01-01
Movie Trent's Last Case Sigsbee Manderson 1952-09-22
Series Omnibus King Lear 1952-11-09
Series I Love Lucy Unknown 1951-10-15
Movie Othello Othello 1951-11-27
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie The Black Rose Bayan 1950-09-01
Movie Black Magic Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro 1949-08-19
Movie Prince of Foxes Cesare Borgia 1949-11-11
Movie The Third Man Harry Lime 1949-08-31
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Macbeth Macbeth 1948-10-01
Movie The Lady from Shanghai Michael O'Hara 1947-12-24
Movie Tomorrow Is Forever John Andrew MacDonald 1946-02-20
Movie The Stranger Charles Rankin 1946-07-02
Movie Duel in the Sun Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1946-12-31
Movie Know Your Ally: Britain Narrator/Bob (helpful taxi passenger) 1944-01-01
Movie Follow the Boys Orson Welles 1944-05-05
Movie Journey Into Fear Colonel Haki 1943-01-07
Movie Jane Eyre Edward Rochester 1943-12-24
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie The Magnificent Ambersons Narrator (voice) 1942-07-10
Movie Citizen Kane Charles Foster Kane 1941-04-17
Movie Swiss Family Robinson Opening Narrator 1940-02-08
Movie The Green Goddess Rajah / Narrator 1939-06-06
Movie The Spanish Earth Narrator (voice) 1937-07-10
Movie The Hearts of Age Death 1934-01-01
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