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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 22 wins & 17 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
 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
 1970 The Deep
Russ Brewer
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 1969 The Battle of Neretva
 1969 Twelve Plus One
Maurice Markau
 1969 The Southern Star
 1969 Tepepa
Colonel Cascorro
 1969 To Build a Fire
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 1968 House of Cards
 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
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart
 1958 The Roots of Heaven
Cy Sedgewick
 1958 South Seas Adventure
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 1958 The Vikings
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 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Virgil Renchler
 1954 Trouble in the Glen
Sanin Cejador y Mengues
 1952 Othello
 1948 Macbeth
 1946 Duel in the Sun
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 1944 Follow the Boys
Orson Welles
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
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 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
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Other Works:

Audio book (Japan only): Narrated Ernest Hemingway's "In Another Country". 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 | Wells


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on television] We live in a world of happy endings with audiences who make every show, no matter how doomed it is and ready to be canceled, sound like a smash hit. And if not, they have a little black box full of laughter, and they add that to the jokes. And you know that most of the people laughing on that box died long ago. See more »


Profiled in in J.A. Aberdeen's "Hollywood Renegades: The Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers" (Palos Verdes Estates, CA: Cobblestone Entertainment). See more »


Known for his use of low camera angles, tracking shots, deep focus and elaborate crane shots in his films. See more »

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