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William Alland (1916–1997)

Born in Delmar, DE, William Alland began his show-biz career as an actor with a semi-professional Baltimore troupe. Arriving in Manhattan with $25, "a paper suitcase" and the ambition to work on Broadway, he took courses and acted at the Henry Street Settlement House, where he met "boy wonder" Orson Welles, then on the eve of forming his Mercury ... See full bio »

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Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Jerry Thompson
The Deadly Mantis
Revenge of the Creature
The Mole People
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 1966 The Rare Breed (producer)
 1964 The Lively Set (producer)
 1961 Look in Any Window (producer)
 1959 World of Giants (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Off Beat (1959) ... (producer)
 1958 Raw Wind in Eden (producer)
 1958 As Young as We Are (producer)
 1958 The Party Crashers (producer)
 1958 The Colossus of New York (producer)
 1958 The Space Children (producer)
 1958 The Lady Takes a Flyer (producer)
 1957 The Land Unknown (producer)
 1957 The Deadly Mantis (producer)
 1957 Gun for a Coward (producer)
 1956 The Mole People (producer)
 1956 The Creature Walks Among Us (producer)
 1955 Tarantula (producer)
 1955 This Island Earth (producer)
 1955 Chief Crazy Horse (producer)
 1955 Revenge of the Creature (producer)
 1954 Four Guns to the Border (producer)
 1954 Dawn at Socorro (producer)
 1954 Johnny Dark (producer)
 1954 Creature from the Black Lagoon (producer)
 1953 The Stand at Apache River (producer)
 1953 It Came from Outer Space (producer)
 1953 The Lawless Breed (producer)
 1952 The Black Castle (producer)
 1952 The Raiders (producer)
 1952 The Treasure of Lost Canyon (associate producer)
 1951 Cave of Outlaws (associate producer)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Serving Man") in "The Shoemakers' Holiday" on Broadway (revival). Written by Thomas Dekker. Incidental music by Lehman Engel. Co-produced (w/John Houseman) / directed by Orson Welles. Mercury Theatre (moved to The National Theatre (circa 1 Feb 1938-close): 1 Jan 1938-unknown (69 performances/played in repertory ... See more »

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Not only he played the reporter Thompson but he was also the voice who narrates the "News on the March" segment from Citizen Kane (1941).



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