Person Details

Birthday: 1915-05-06 08:14:24

Death: 1985-10-10 08:14:24

Aliases: Орсон Уэллс , Джордж Орсон Уэллс , George Orson Welles

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Homepage:

Movie Involvements: 324

TV Involvements: 43


Most Famous Work

Biography

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was occurring. Although these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated,[2] they rocketed Welles to instant notoriety. Citizen Kane (1941), his first film with RKO, in which he starred in the role of Charles Foster Kane, is often considered the greatest film ever made. Several of his other films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), Chimes at Midnight (1965), and F for Fake (1974), are also widely considered to be masterpieces. In 2002, he was voted the greatest film director of all time in two separate British Film Institute polls among directors and critics, and a wide survey of critical consensus, best-of lists, and historical retrospectives calls him the most acclaimed director of all time. Well known for his baritone voice, Welles was also an extremely well regarded actor and was voted number 16 in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars list of the greatest American film actors of all time. He was also a celebrated Shakespearean stage actor and an accomplished magician, starring in troop variety shows in the war years.

Most Famous Work

Citizen Kane
Average
8

Citizen Kane

(1941) Charles Foster Kane
The Transformers: The Movie
Average
7

The Transformers: The Movie

(1986) Unicron (voice)
King of Kings
Average
7

King of Kings

(1961) Narrator (Voice)
Touch of Evil
Average
8

Touch of Evil

(1958) Police Captain Hank Quinlan
A Man for All Seasons
Average
7

A Man for All Seasons

(1966) Cardinal Wolsey
The Lady from Shanghai
Average
7

The Lady from Shanghai

(1947) Michael O'Hara
The Third Man
Average
8

The Third Man

(1949) Harry Lime
Lost in La Mancha
Average
7

Lost in La Mancha

(2002) Himself (archive footage)

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2021 Himself (Archival Footage)
2020 Self
Rich guy #1
N/A
2019 Himself (Archive Footage)
2018 Journalist (voice)
Self
Self - Director
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Self - Filmmaker (archive footage)
2017 N/A
2016 Professor Richard Pierson / Self
2015 Self / Professor Charles Rankin (archive footage)
Himself
2014 Self / Various Roles (archive footage)
2013 Keystone Kop
Himself - Archive footage
2010 Genghis Khan / Bayan (archive footage)
Himself
2007 Russ Brewer
2005 Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
N/A
2004 Ronald Adams
2003 (archive footage)
2002 Himself (archive footage)
2001 N/A
Narrator
2000 Himself (archive footage)
Captain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage)
1998 N/A
1997 Himself (archive footage)
1995 Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself
1993 Self (archive footage)
Himself
N/A
Himself (Archive Footage)
1992 Himself
1990 Himself(archive footage)
N/A
1987 Himself
1986 Himself (archive footage)
Unicron (voice)
1985 Narrator
N/A
N/A
Himself
1984 N/A
Narrator
Himself
Himself
Klingsor
himself
1983 Narrator
Self - Narrator
Self
Narrator
Himself
Sheriff Paisley
1982 Aliens' Father (voice)
Richard Wagner (voice)
Self
Himself
Self - Narrator
Narrator (voice)
Self
Self - Special Guest
Judge Rauch
N/A
Narrator
1981 Narrator
Himself (host)
Pippo
Narrator
Narrator
Himself
Presenter / Narrator
Self (archive footage)
1980 N/A
Narrator
Narrator
Narrator
J.P. Morgan
English Narrator
Narrator (voice)
1979 Narrator
Narrator
N/A
Narrator (voice)
Narrator
Lew Lord
Himself
Himself
1978 Narrator
Host
Narratore
Himself - Host
Narrator
Himself
N/A
Himself (archive footage)
1977 Henry F. Potter
Narrator
Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
Narrator
Narrator
1976 José Estedes
Self / Narrator
Narrator (voice)
1975 Narrator (voice)
(archive footage)
Himself
Self
Narrator
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
Host
1974 Narrator
N/A
Voice on Tape
1973 Himself
Narrator
Himself
N/A
Winston Churchill
Narrator
N/A
1972 N/A
Sheridan Whiteside
Long John Silver
Mr. Cato
Mr. Delasandro
Narrator
N/A
1971 Winston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw
Théo Van Horn
Narrator (voice)
The Magician
N/A
N/A
N/A
Narrator
Cassavius
Narrator
1970 N/A
N/A
Narrator
Narrator
Louis XVIII
Narrator
The Narrator
Brigadier General Dreedle
Bresnavitch
Michelangelo (voice)
Narrator
1969 Shylock
Četnik
Markan
Plankett
Justinian
Colonel Cascorro
Narrator (voice)
1968 Justinian
N/A
Narrator
Leschenhaut
Self - Narrator
Himself - Guest
Tiresias
Self
Charles Clay
Guest Performer
Himself
1967 Jonathan Lute
Narrator
Self
Le Chiffre
N/A
Narrator
1966 Cardinal Wolsey
Konsul Nordling
Himself
1965 Akerman, Marco's Teacher
Falstaff
Narrator
1964 Narrator (voice)
Himself
1963 Himself (archive footage)
Max Buda
The 'Director'
The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
1962 Albert Hastler
Narrator
Self
Benjamin Franklin
1961 N/A
Narrator (Voice)
Burundai
Narrator
1960 Robert Fulton
Storyteller
Hagolin / Lamerciere
Re Saul
1959 Narrator
Captain Hart
Jonathan Wilk
1958 Narrator
Cy Sedgewick
the narrator
N/A
Narrator
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Will Varner
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
N/A
1957 Virgil Renchler
1956 Self - Narrator
Father Mapple
N/A
1955 Host: Orson Welles
Oscar Jaffe
Self - Host
Himself - Host
Sir Hudson Lowe
Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Gregory Arkadin
An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
1954 Sanin Cejador y Mengues
Benjamin Franklin
1953 King Lear
Narrator
1952 King Lear
Sigsbee Manderson
Voice of Christ
Captain Perella, the Beast
1951 N/A
Othello
Orson Welles
1950 Bayan
N/A
1949 Cesare Borgia
Harry Lime
Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
Himself
1948 Macbeth
N/A
1947 Michael O'Hara
1946 Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Narrator
Charles Rankin
John Andrew MacDonald
1945 Narrator
1944 Orson Welles
Narrator/Bob (helpful taxi passenger)
1943 Edward Rochester
Himself
Colonel Haki
1942 Narrator (voice)
1941 Charles Foster Kane
1940 Opening Narrator
N/A
1937 Narrator (voice)
1934 Death
1933 N/A
Self (archive footage)
N/A
Himself
N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

Directing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2020 Director
2018 Director
2013 Director
2007 Director
2000 Director
1993 Director
1992 Director
1985 Director
1984 Director
1981 Director
1979 Director
1978 Director
Director
1973 Director
Director
Director
1972 Director
1971 Director
1970 Director
1969 Director
1968 Director
Director
Director
1965 Director
1964 Director
1962 Director
Co-Director
1961 Director
1960 Co-Director
1958 Director
Director
Director
Director
1955 Director
Director
Director
Co-Director
Director
Director
1951 Director
1948 Director
1947 Director
1946 Director
1942 Director
1941 Director
1940 Director
1934 Director
1933 Director
Director
Year Role Movie/Tv

Crew

Sound

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Screenplay
2014 Characters
2013 Screenplay
2008 Original Concept
2007 Screenplay
Original Concept
2002 Screenplay
2000 Theatre Play
1999 Writer
1998 Writer
1997 Writer
Original Concept
1992 Screenplay
1985 Writer
1984 Screenplay
1979 Writer
1978 Writer
Screenplay
1976 Writer
1973 Screenplay
Writer
Writer
1972 Writer
Writer
1971 Writer
1970 Writer
1969 Screenplay
1968 Screenplay
Screenplay
Writer
1966 Writer
1965 Screenplay
1962 Screenplay
1961 Writer
1958 Writer
Screenplay
Screenplay
Writer
1955 Writer
Writer
Screenplay
Story
Writer
1951 Screenplay
1949 Writer
1948 Screenplay
1947 Screenplay
Original Concept
1946 Co-Writer
1943 Screenplay
1942 Screenplay
1941 Screenplay
1940 Writer
1934 Writer
Original Concept
Year Role Movie/Tv

Editing

Production

Creator

Art

Costume & Make-Up

Year Role Movie/Tv
1965 Costume Design
1955 Costume Design
1948 Costume Design
Year Role Movie/Tv

Camera

Year Role Movie/Tv
1964 Additional Camera
1942 Director of Photography
Year Role Movie/Tv

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