Person Details

Birthday: 1915-05-06 20:26:47

Death: 1985-10-10 20:26:47

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

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Movie Involvements: 224

TV Involvements: 11


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 Third Man
Average
8

The Third Man

(1949) Harry Lime
Touch of Evil
Average
8

Touch of Evil

(1958) Police Captain Hank Quinlan
The Vikings
Average
7

The Vikings

(1958) Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lost in La Mancha
Average
7

Lost in La Mancha

(2002) Himself (archive footage)
The Trial
Average
8

The Trial

(1962) Albert Hastler
The Transformers: The Movie
Average
7

The Transformers: The Movie

(1986) Unicron (voice)
A Man for All Seasons
Average
8

A Man for All Seasons

(1966) Cardinal Wolsey

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2019 Himself (Archive Footage)
2018 Journalist (voice)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
2015 Shylock
Himself
2014 Himself / Various Roles (archive footage)
2013 Himself - Archive footage
2010 Himself
2005 Himself (archive footage)
N/A
2004 Ronald Adams
2003 Narrator
N/A
2002 Himself (archive footage)
2001 N/A
Narrator
2000 Himself (archive footage)
Captain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
1997 Himself (archive footage)
1995 Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself
1993 Himself (archive footage)
Himself
Himself (Archive Footage)
1992 Himself
1990 Himself(archive footage)
N/A
1988 Himself
1986 Unicron (voice)
1985 N/A
N/A
Himself
1984 Narrator
Himself
N/A
himself
1983 Narrator
N/A
1982 Aliens' Father (voice)
Himself
Judge Rauch
N/A
Narrator
1981 Pippo
Narrator
Himself
Presenter / Narrator
1980 N/A
Narrator
J.P. Morgan
English Narrator
Narrator (voice)
1979 Narrator
Lew Lord
Himself
Himself
1978 Narrator
Host
Narratore
Himself (archive footage)
Himself - Host
Narrator
1977 Henry F. Potter
Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
Narrator
Narrator
1976 José Estedes
N/A
1975 Narrator (voice)
(archive footage)
Himself
Himself
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
Host
1974 N/A
Voice on Tape
1973 N/A
Winston Churchill
1972 Don Quixote / Sancho Panza (voice)
Long John Silver
Mr. Cato
Mr. Delasandro
Narrator
1971 Winston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw
Théo Van Horn
Narrator (voice)
The Magician
N/A
N/A
Narrator
Narrator
Narrator (voice)
Cassavius
1970 N/A
N/A
Narrator
Louis XVIII
The Narrator
N/A
Brigadier General Dreedle
Bresnavitch
Michelangelo (voice)
Narrator
1969 Četnik
Markan
Plankett
Justinian
Colonel Cascorro
Narrator (voice)
1968 Justinian
Leschenhaut
Self - Narrator
Himself - Guest
Charles Clay
Tiresias
N/A
Himself
Interviewee
1967 Jonathan Lute
Le Chiffre
Narrator
N/A
1966 Cardinal Wolsey
Konsul Nordling
Himself
1965 Akerman
Falstaff
Narrator
1964 Narrator (voice)
Himself
1963 Himself (archive footage)
Max Buda
The 'Director'
The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
1962 Albert Hastler
Benjamin Franklin
1961 Narrator (Voice)
Burundai
1960 Hagolin / Lamerciere
Re Saul
1959 Narrator
Captain Hart
Jonathan Wilk
1958 Cy Sedgewick
the narrator
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Will Varner
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
1957 Virgil Renchler
1956 Father Mapple
N/A
1955 Host: Orson Welles
Narrator
Himself/host
Himself - Host
Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Gregory Arkadin
An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
Sir Hudson Lowe
1954 Sanin Cejador y Mengues
Benjamin Franklin
1953 King Lear
Narrator
1952 King Lear
Sigsbee Manderson
Captain Perella, the Beast
1951 N/A
Othello
N/A
1950 Bayan
1949 Cesare Borgia
Harry Lime
Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
Himself
1948 Macbeth
N/A
1947 Michael O'Hara
1946 Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Rankin
John Andrew MacDonald
1944 Orson Welles
1943 Edward Rochester
Himself
Colonel Haki
1942 Narrator (voice)
1941 Charles Foster Kane
1940 Opening Narrator
1939 Rajah / Narrator
1938 Keystone Kop
1937 Narrator (voice)
1934 Death
Rich guy #1
Year Character Movie/Tv

Editing

Directing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Director
2015 Director
2000 Director
Director
1993 Director
1992 Director
1985 Director
1984 Director
1982 Director
1981 Director
1979 Director
1978 Director
1976 Director
1975 Director
Director
1972 Director
1971 Director
1970 Director
Director
1969 Director
1968 Director
Director
1965 Director
1964 Director
1962 Director
1958 Director
Director
Director
1957 Director
1955 Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
1951 Director
1949 Director
1948 Director
1947 Director
1946 Director
1943 Director
1942 Director
1941 Director
1939 Director
1938 Director
1934 Director
Director
Year Role Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2018 Writer
2015 Screenplay
2002 Screenplay
2000 Theatre Play
1999 Writer
1992 Writer
1985 Writer
1984 Screenplay
1982 Writer
1978 Writer
1976 Writer
1975 Writer
1972 Writer
1971 Writer
1970 Writer
Screenplay
1968 Writer
Writer
1965 Screenplay
1962 Screenplay
1958 Writer
Screenplay
Writer
1955 Writer
Writer
Writer
1951 Writer
1948 Screenplay
1947 Screenplay
Idea
1943 Screenplay
1942 Screenplay
1941 Screenplay
1939 Adaptation
1938 Writer
1934 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

Production

Crew

Year Role Movie/Tv
1982 Other
Year Role Movie/Tv

Art

Year Role Movie/Tv
1958 Production Design
Year Role Movie/Tv

Costume & Make-Up

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

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