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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 21 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Other Works:

Audio book (Japan only): Narrated Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn". See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 37 Print Biographies | 16 Portrayals | 47 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 5 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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[regarding his famous "cuckoo clock" speech in The Third Man (1949) ("In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love--they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."] When the picture came out, the Swiss ... 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:

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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