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Orson Welles (1915–1985)


His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein. In 1931, he graduated from the... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 Someone to Love
Danny's Friend
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Pippo (voice)
 1983 Hot Money
Sheriff Paisley
 1982 Slapstick (Of Another Kind)
Aliens' Father (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Butterfly
Judge Rauch
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Narrator (voice)
 1981 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Narrator
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Narrator (voice)
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1977 Some Call It Greed
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Hot Tomorrows
Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
José Estedes
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Delasandro
 1972 Necromancy
Mr. Cato
 1971 Ten Days Wonder
Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
 1971 A Safe Place
The Magician
 1971 Malpertuis
Cassavius
 1970 The Deep
Russ Brewer
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 1969 The Battle of Neretva
Senator
 1969 Twelve Plus One
Maurice Markau
 1969 The Southern Star
Plankett
 1969 Tepepa
Colonel Cascorro
 1969 To Build a Fire
Narrator (voice)
 1968 House of Cards
Leschenhaut
 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname
Jonathan Lute
 1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
Louis de Mozambique
 1965 Marco the Magnificent
Akerman, Marco's Tutor
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Max Buda
 1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G.
The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
 1962 The Trial
Albert Hastler - The Advocate / Narrator
 1961 King of Kings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1961 I tartari
Burundai
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart
 1958 The Roots of Heaven
Cy Sedgewick
 1958 South Seas Adventure
Supplemental Narrator (voice)
 1958 The Vikings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Virgil Renchler
 1954 Trouble in the Glen
Sanin Cejador y Mengues
 1952 Othello
Othello
 1948 Macbeth
Macbeth
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Narrator (voice)
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Keystone Kop
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Other Works:

Audio book (Japan only): Narrated H.G. Wells' "The Red Room". See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 51 Print Biographies | 21 Portrayals | 51 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

O.W. Jeeves | G.O. Spelvin | Orson Wells

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

For thirty years, people have been asking me how I reconcile X with Y! The truthful answer is that I don't. Everything about me is a contradiction and so is everything about everybody else. We are made out of oppositions; we live between two poles. There is a philistine and an aesthete in all of us, and a murderer and a saint. You don't reconcile the poles. You just recognize them. See more »

Trivia:

He and John Huston were good friends from the 1940s to Welles' death in 1985. Both men coincidentally made their spectacular debut as directors in 1941 (Welles with Citizen Kane (1941) and Huston with The Maltese Falcon (1941)). Both would eventually be directed by the other: Welles' had a cameo in Huston's adaptation of Moby Dick (1956) and Huston played the lead in Welles' unfinished The Other ... See more »

Trademark:

Frequently casts Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane and Oja Kodar See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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