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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 20 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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 1987 Someone to Love
Danny's Friend
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Pippo (voice)
 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
 1980 The Greenstone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Narrator (voice)
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Some Call It Greed
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Hot Tomorrows
Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
José Estedes
 1974 Ten Little Indians
U. N. Owen (voice)
 1972 Necromancy
Mr. Cato
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Delasandro
 1971 Ten Days Wonder
Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
 1971 A Safe Place
The Magician
 1971 Freedom River (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1971 Malpertuis
Cassavius
 1970 The Deep
Russ Brewer
 1970 The Golden Honeymoon (Short)
 1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 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
 1964 The Finest Hours (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Max Buda
 1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G.
The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
 1961 King of Kings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1961 I tartari
Burundai
 1960 Crack in the Mirror
Hagolin / Lamerciere
 1959 High Journey (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart
 1959 Compulsion
Jonathan Wilk
 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
 1953 Return to Glennascaul (Short)
Narrator
 1952 Othello
Othello
 1948 Macbeth
Macbeth
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
 1943 Journey Into Fear
Colonel Haki
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Narrator (voice)
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited)
 1939 The Green Goddess (Short)
Rajah / Narrator
 1938 Too Much Johnson (Short)
Keystone Kop
 1934 The Hearts of Age (Short)
Death
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Directed Eugène Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," in an English Stage Company production at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Alan Webb, Michael Bates, Miles Malleson and Peter Sallis in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 37 Print Biographies | 16 Portrayals | 42 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet. See more »

Trivia:

John Ford, whom Welles admired as the greatest American director and who, in turn, admired Welles as a director and actor, wanted to cast him as Mayor Frank Skeffington in his movie adaption of Edwin O'Connor's novel The Last Hurrah (1958). Welles was unable to accept the role due to scheduling conflicts, and Spencer Tracy was cast instead. See more »

Trademark:

Films that he wrote/directed often revolve around the rise and fall of main characters (Kane, Quinlan, Arkardin) who, in classic Shakespearean style, are unmade by their own vices. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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