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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 & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Citizen Kane
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil Police Captain Hank Quinlan
F for Fake
F for Fake Writer
Confidential Report
Confidential Report Gregory Arkadin


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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 and Venice (TV Short)
Richard Wagner (voice)
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
- 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
 1980 The Greenstone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
- 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)
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
- 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
 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)
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Narrator
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 1969 The Merchant of Venice (TV Short)
 1969 Twelve Plus One
Maurice Markau
 1969 The Southern Star
 1969 Tepepa
Colonel Cascorro
 1969 To Build a Fire
Narrator (voice)
 1968 House of Cards
 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
 1960 An Arabian Night (TV Movie)
 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)
- 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)
 1957/I 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
 1948 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)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Wrote / directed "Moby Dick--Rehearsed", London, England. Also in cast: Kenneth Williams, Joan Plowright (as "Little Pip") and Patrick McGoohan (as "Starbuck"). See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 52 Print Biographies | 21 Portrayals | 52 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Official Sites:

Alternate Names:

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


6' 1½" (1.87 m)

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Personal Quote:

I don't pray because I don't want to bore God. See more »


Considered black and white to be "the actor's best friend", feeling that it focused more on the actor's expressions and feelings than on hair, eye or wardrobe color. See more »


Frequently wrote, directed and starred in films that feature the rise and fall of main characters (Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941), Gregory Arkadin in _Confidential Report (1955)_, Detective Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil (1958)) who, in classic Shakespearean style, are unmade by their own vices. See more »

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