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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 & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Citizen Kane
(1941)
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil Police Captain Hank Quinlan
(1958)
F for Fake
F for Fake Writer
(1973)
Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Arkadin Gregory Arkadin
(1955)

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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 12 + 1
Maurice Markau
 1969 Bitka na Neretvi
Senator
 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
 1951 Othello
Othello
 1948 Macbeth
Macbeth
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 Follow the Boys
Orson Welles
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Narrator (voice)
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited)
 1938 Too Much Johnson
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16 Biographical Movies | 52 Print Biographies | 21 Portrayals | 53 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

I know that in theory the word is secondary in cinema, but the secret of my work is that everything is based on the word. I always begin with the dialogue. And I do not understand how one dares to write action before dialogue. I must begin with what the characters say. I must know what they say before seeing them do what they do. See more »

Trivia:

Laurence Olivier had wanted to cast him as Buckingham in Richard III (1955), his film of William Shakespeare's play "Richard III", but gave the role to Ralph Richardson, his oldest friend, because Richardson wanted it. In his autobiography, Olivier says he wishes he had disappointed Richardson and cast Welles instead, as he would have brought an extra element to the screen, an intelligence that ... See more »

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

Star Sign:

Taurus

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