Played "Hamlet" for the first and only time in his own two-part radio adaptation of William Shakespeare
's play, performed as part of the experimental theater radio program "Columbia Workshop". The program was broadcast on CBS. The two parts of the program, which reduced the four-hour play to one hour, were broadcast two months ...
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My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.
Lobbied to get the role of Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather
(1972), even offered to lose a good deal of weight in order to get the role. Francis Ford Coppola
, a huge fan of his, had to turn him down because he already had Marlon Brando
in mind for the role and felt Welles would not be right for the role.
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.