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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 nine) 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 25 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)

Filmography

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 1987 Someone to Love
Danny's Friend
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Pippo (voice)
 1983 Hot Money
Sheriff Paisley
 1981-1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Robin Masters
- The Big Blow (1983) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- Birdman of Budapest (1983) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- Double Jeopardy (1982) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- J."Digger" Doyle (1981) ... Robin Masters (voice)
 1982 Slapstick of Another Kind
Aliens' Father (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Butterfly
Judge Rauch
 1982 Wagner e Venezia (TV Short)
Richard Wagner (voice)
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Love of Life (1981) ... Narrator
- The Unexpected (1981) ... Narrator
- Scorn of Women (1981) ... Narrator
- The Race for Number One (1981) ... Narrator
- The One Thousand Dozen (1981) ... Narrator
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Narrator (voice)
 1981 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Narrator
 1980 The Greenstone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
 1980 Shogun (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (Video)
Narrator
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... 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
 1975 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV Short)
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Delasandro
 1972 Necromancy
Mr. Cato
 1971 Freedom River (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1971 Ten Days Wonder
Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow")
- The Phantom Farmhouse/Silent Snow, Secret Snow (1971) ... Narrator (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow") (voice)
 1971 A Safe Place
The Magician
 1971 Malpertuis
Cassavius
 1970 The Deep
Russ Brewer
 1970 The Golden Honeymoon (Short)
 1970 Upon This Rock (TV Movie)
Michelangelo (voice)
 1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Narrator
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 1969 The Merchant of Venice (TV Short)
Shylock
 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
 1968 The Immortal Story (TV Movie)
Mr. Charles Clay
 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")
 1962 The Trial
Albert Hastler - The Advocate / Narrator
 1961 King of Kings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1961 I tartari
Burundai
 1960 An Arabian Night (TV Movie)
Storyteller
 1959 High Journey (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart
 1958 Masters of the Congo Jungle (Documentary)
Narrator, English Language Version (voice)
 1958 The Roots of Heaven
Cy Sedgewick
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
Narrator
- Fountain of Youth (1958) ... Narrator
 1958 The Fountain of Youth (TV Short)
Host / narrator
 1958 South Seas Adventure
Supplemental Narrator (voice)
 1958 The Vikings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1958 Man in the Shadow
Virgil Renchler
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
 1954 Trouble in the Glen
Sanin Cejador y Mengues
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
King Lear
- King Lear (1953) ... King Lear
 1953 Return to Glennascaul (Short)
Narrator / Orson Welles
 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)
 1939 The Green Goddess (Short)
Rajah / Narrator
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Keystone Kop
 1934 The Hearts of Age (Short)
Death
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(19??) Radio: Introduced the series "The Black Museum" and portrayed Prof. Moriarty in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Both series were produced by Harry Alan Towers, the man responsible for "The Lives of Harry Lime". See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 50 Print Biographies | 21 Portrayals | 53 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:


Alternate Names:

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

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on 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 very ... 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:

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

Star Sign:

Taurus

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