Orson Welles

6 May 1915 - 10 Oct 1985

Actor, Director, Writer, Producer

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.

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Filmography (56 titles)

(movie, 2015)
···The Other Side of the Wind
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1992)
···Don Quijote de Orson Welles
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1986)
···Transformers: The Movie
Genre: Animation
Role: Actor (as Unicron (voice))
(movie, 1984)
···Gurikku no bouken
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Pippo)
(movie, 1982)
···Butterfly
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Judge Rauch)
(movie, 1981)
···History of the World: Part I
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 1981)
···The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Presenter · Narrator)
(movie, 1980)
···Tajna Nikole Tesle
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as J.P. Morgan)
(movie, 1979)
···The Muppet Movie
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Lew Lord)
(movie, 1978)
···A Woman Called Moses
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(movie, 1974)
···Ten little Indians
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Voice on Tape)
(movie, 1972)
···The Man Who Came to Dinner
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Sheridan Whiteside)
(movie, 1972)
···Treasure Island
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Long John Silver)
(movie, 1971)
···Malpertuis
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Cassavius)
(movie, 1970)
···Catch-22
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Brigadier General Dreedle)
(movie, 1970)
···The Deep
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1970)
···Waterloo
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Louis XVIII)
(movie, 1969)
···The Merchant of Venice
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1969)
···The Southern Star
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Plankett)
(movie, 1968)
···Histoire immortelle
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1968)
···House of Cards
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Leschenhaut)
(movie, 1968)
···Kampf um Rom I
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Emperor Justinian)
(movie, 1968)
···Oedipus the King
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Tiresias)
(movie, 1967)
···Casino Royale
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Le Chiffre)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jonathan Lute)
(movie, 1967)
···The Sailor from Gibraltar
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Louis de Mozambique)
(movie, 1966)
···A Man for All Seasons
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Cardinal Wolsey)
(movie, 1966)
···Paris brûle-t-il?
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Konsul Nordling)
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Akerman)
(movie, 1965)
···Campanadas a medianoche
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1962)
···Le procès
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor, Director, Writer
(movie, 1961)
···I tartari
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Burundai)
(movie, 1960)
···David e Golia
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as King Saul)
(movie, 1959)
···Compulsion
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jonathan Wilk)
(movie, 1959)
···Ferry to Hong Kong
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Captain Hart)
(movie, 1958)
···The Vikings
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Role: Actor (as Narrator (voice) (uncredited))
(movie, 1958)
···Touch of Evil
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor, Director, Writer
(movie, 1958)
···The Long, Hot Summer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Will Varner)
(movie, 1957)
···Man in the Shadow
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as Virgil Renchler)
(movie, 1956)
···Moby Dick
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Father Mapple)
(movie, 1955)
···Mr. Arkadin
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1955)
···Three Cases of Murder
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment))
(movie, 1954)
···Trouble in the Glen
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Sanin Cejador y Mengues)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor, Director, Writer
(movie, 1950)
···The Black Rose
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as Bayan)
(movie, 1949)
···The Third Man
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Harry Lime)
(movie, 1949)
···Black Magic
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor (as Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro)
(movie, 1949)
···Prince of Foxes
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Cesare Borgia)
(movie, 1948)
···Macbeth
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1947)
···The Lady from Shanghai
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1947)
···Monsieur Verdoux
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Writer
(movie, 1946)
···The Stranger
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1943)
···Jane Eyre
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Edward Rochester)
(movie, 1942)
···The Magnificent Ambersons
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1941)
···Citizen Kane
Genre: Mystery, Drama
Role: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer