Orson Welles

Birthday:
05/06/1915
Place of birth:
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA:
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.

Credits

A Jangada de Welles (2019)
as Himself (Archive Footage)
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
as Journalist (voice)
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018)
as Himself (archive footage)
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)
as Himself (archive footage)
The Merchant of Venice (2015)
as Shylock
This Is Orson Welles (2015)
as Himself
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
as Himself / Various Roles (archive footage)
Orson Welles: The Paris Interview (2010)
as Himself
Cineastes contra magnats (2005)
as Himself (archive footage)
Brunnen (2005)
The Hitch Hiker (2004)
as Ronald Adams
Modern Art - A Complete Guide (2003)
as Narrator
Rita (2003)
Lost in La Mancha (2002)
as Himself (archive footage)
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
NASA: A Space Odyssey Vol. 3 (2001)
as Narrator
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)
as Himself (archive footage)
Moby Dick (2000)
as Captain Ahab / Starbuck / Ishmael (archive footage)
L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles (2000)
as Himself (archive footage)
Tudo é Brasil (1997)
as Himself (archive footage)
The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1995)
as Himself (archive footage)
Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (1995)
as Himself (archive footage)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)
as Himself
La Classe américaine (1993)
as Himself (Archive Footage)
It's All True (1993)
as Himself
Working with Orson Welles (1993)
as Himself (Archive Footage)
Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)
as Himself
With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film (1990)
as Himself(archive footage)
Rita Hayworth: Dancing Into the Dream (1990)
Someone to Love (1988)
as Himself
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
as Unicron (voice)
Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985)
as Himself
The Last Sailors: The Final Days of Working Sail (1984)
as Narrator
De weg naar Bresson (1984)
as Himself
Where Is Parsifal? (1984)
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
as himself
The Greatest Adventure--The Story of Man's Voyage to the Moon (1983)
as Narrator
Hot Money (1983)
The Dreamers (1982)
as Marcus Kleek
Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1982)
as Aliens' Father (voice)
Arena: The Orson Welles Story (1982)
as Himself
Butterfly (1982)
as Judge Rauch
The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982)
as Narrator
Orson Welles' The Dreamers (1982)
The Enchanted Journey (1981)
as Pippo
History of the World: Part I (1981)
as Narrator
Filming 'The Trial' (1981)
as Himself
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)
as Presenter / Narrator
Tajna Nikole Tesle (1980)
as J.P. Morgan
A un solo paso (1980)
as English Narrator
The Greenstone (1980)
as Narrator (voice)
Soft Self-Portrait of Salvador Dali (1979)
as Narrator
The Muppet Movie (1979)
as Lew Lord
The Orson Welles Show (1979)
as Himself
The Late, Great Planet Earth (1979)
as Himself
Filming Othello (1978)
as Host
Il grande attacco (1978)
as Narratore
Tut: The Boy King (1978)
as Himself - Host
Mysterious Castles of Clay (1978)
as Narrator
The Force Beyond (1978)
as Himself (archive footage)
It Happened One Christmas (1977)
as Henry F. Potter
Hot Tomorrows (1977)
as Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
From Fiber to Fabric: Wool's a Natural (1977)
as Narrator
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977)
as Narrator
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
as José Estedes
F for Fake Trailer (1976)
Bugs Bunny: Superstar (1975)
as Narrator (voice)
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (1975)
as (archive footage)
AFI Tribute to Orson Welles (1975)
as Himself
Vérités et Mensonges (1975)
as Himself
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)
as Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
Who's Out There? (1975)
as Host
And then there were none (1974)
as Voice on Tape
Sutjeska (1973)
as Winston Churchill
Don Quixote (1972)
as Don Quixote / Sancho Panza (voice)
Treasure Island (1972)
as Long John Silver
Necromancy (1972)
as Mr. Cato
Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972)
as Mr. Delasandro
Future Shock (1972)
as Narrator
London (1971)
as Winston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw
La décade prodigieuse (1971)
as Théo Van Horn
Directed by John Ford (1971)
as Narrator (voice)
A Safe Place (1971)
as The Magician
Sentinels of Silence (1971)
Forugh-e lavidan (1971)
as Narrator
Freedom River (1971)
as Narrator
The Wings of Man (1971)
as Narrator (voice)
Malpertuis (1971)
as Cassavius
The Golden Honeymoon (1970)
Is It Always Right to Be Right? (1970)
as Narrator
Waterloo (1970)
as Louis XVIII
Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
as The Narrator
The Deep (1970)
Catch-22 (1970)
as Brigadier General Dreedle
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
as Bresnavitch
Upon This Rock (1970)
as Michelangelo (voice)
A Horse Called Nijinsky (1970)
as Narrator
Bitka na Neretvi (1969)
as Četnik
12 + 1 (1969)
as Markan
The Southern Star (1969)
as Plankett
Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat (1969)
as Justinian
Tepepa (1969)
as Colonel Cascorro
To Build a Fire (1969)
as Narrator (voice)
Kampf um Rom – 1. Teil (1968)
as Justinian
House of Cards (1968)
as Leschenhaut
Oedipus the King (1968)
as Tiresias
Une histoire immortelle (1968)
as Charles Clay
Portrait: Orson Welles (1968)
as Interviewee
Vienna (1968)
as Himself
I'll Never Forget What's'isname (1967)
as Jonathan Lute
Casino Royale (1967)
as Le Chiffre
Ten Days That Shook the World (1967)
as Narrator
The Sailor from Gibraltar (1967)
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
as Cardinal Wolsey
Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)
as Konsul Nordling
Orson Welles in Spain (1966)
as Himself
La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (1965)
as Akerman
Campanadas de medianoche (1965)
as Falstaff
A King's Story (1965)
as Narrator
The Finest Hours (1964)
as Narrator (voice)
The V.I.P.s (1963)
as Max Buda
La Ricotta (1963)
as The director
Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)
as The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
Le procès (1962)
as Albert Hastler
La Fayette (1962)
as Benjamin Franklin
King of Kings (1961)
as Narrator (Voice)
I tartari (1961)
as Burundai
Crack in the Mirror (1960)
as Hagolin / Lamerciere
David e Golia (1960)
as Re Saul
High Journey (1959)
as Narrator
Ferry to Hong Kong (1959)
as Captain Hart
Compulsion (1959)
as Jonathan Wilk
The Roots of Heaven (1958)
as Cy Sedgewick
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
as the narrator
The Vikings (1958)
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
as Will Varner
Touch of Evil (1958)
as Police Captain Hank Quinlan
Man in the Shadow (1957)
as Virgil Renchler
Moby Dick (1956)
as Father Mapple
The Land of the Basques (1955)
as Narrator
Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955)
as Himself/host
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
as Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
as Gregory Arkadin
Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955)
as An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
Napoléon (1955)
as Sir Hudson Lowe
Trouble in the Glen (1954)
as Sanin Cejador y Mengues
Si Versailles m'était conté (1954)
as Benjamin Franklin
King Lear (1953)
as King Lear
Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin (1953)
as Narrator
Trent's Last Case (1952)
as Sigsbee Manderson
L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù (1952)
as Captain Perella, the Beast
Othello (1951)
as Othello
The Black Rose (1950)
as Bayan
Prince of Foxes (1949)
as Cesare Borgia
The Third Man (1949)
as Harry Lime
Black Magic (1949)
as Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
Désordre (1949)
as Himself
Macbeth (1948)
as Macbeth
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
as Michael O'Hara
Duel in the Sun (1946)
as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
The Stranger (1946)
as Charles Rankin
Tomorrow Is Forever (1946)
as John Andrew MacDonald
Follow the Boys (1944)
as Orson Welles
Jane Eyre (1943)
as Edward Rochester
Show-Business at War (1943)
as Himself
Journey Into Fear (1943)
as Colonel Haki
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
as Narrator (voice)
Citizen Kane (1941)
as Charles Foster Kane
Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
as Opening Narrator
The Green Goddess (1939)
as Rajah / Narrator
Too Much Johnson (1938)
as Keystone Kop
The Spanish Earth (1937)
as Narrator (voice)
The Hearts of Age (1934)
as Death
The Other Side of the Wind
Director
The Other Side of the Wind
Editor
The Other Side of the Wind
Writer
The Merchant of Venice
Director
The Merchant of Venice
Producer
The Merchant of Venice
Screenplay
The Magnificent Ambersons
Screenplay
Moby Dick
Director
Moby Dick
Theatre Play
L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles
Director
The Big Brass Ring
Writer
It's All True
Director
Don Quijote de Orson Welles
Director
Don Quijote de Orson Welles
Writer
Orson Welles' Magic Show
Director
Orson Welles' Magic Show
Writer
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh
Director
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh
Screenplay
The Dreamers
Director
The Dreamers
Producer
The Dreamers
Screenplay
Trick or Treats
Other
Orson Welles' The Dreamers
Director
Orson Welles' The Dreamers
Writer
Filming 'The Trial'
Director
Filming 'The Trial'
Producer
The Orson Welles Show
Director
Filming Othello
Director
Filming Othello
Writer
F for Fake Trailer
Director
F for Fake Trailer
Producer
F for Fake Trailer
Writer
Vérités et Mensonges
Director
Vérités et Mensonges
Writer
Don Quixote
Director
Don Quixote
Editor
Don Quixote
Producer
Don Quixote
Writer
London
Director
London
Writer
Freedom River
Producer
The Golden Honeymoon
Director
The Golden Honeymoon
Writer
The Deep
Director
The Deep
Producer
The Deep
Screenplay
The Southern Star
Director
Une histoire immortelle
Director
Une histoire immortelle
Writer
Vienna
Director
Vienna
Writer
Campanadas de medianoche
Director
Campanadas de medianoche
Screenplay
Le procès
Director
Le procès
Screenplay
The Fountain of Youth
Production Design
The Fountain of Youth
Director
The Fountain of Youth
Producer
The Fountain of Youth
Writer
Touch of Evil
Director
Touch of Evil
Screenplay
Portrait of Gina
Director
Portrait of Gina
Writer
Movie Theatre Sequence from 'Don Quixote'
Director
Movie Theatre Sequence from 'Don Quixote'
Editor
The Land of the Basques
Director
Orson Welles' Sketch Book
Director
Orson Welles' Sketch Book
Writer
Mr. Arkadin
Director
Mr. Arkadin
Writer
Moby Dick Rehearsed
Director
Moby Dick Rehearsed
Writer
Othello
Director
Othello
Producer
Othello
Writer
Black Magic
Director
Macbeth
Costume Design
Macbeth
Director
Macbeth
Producer
Macbeth
Screenplay
The Lady from Shanghai
Director
The Lady from Shanghai
Producer
The Lady from Shanghai
Screenplay
Monsieur Verdoux
Idea
The Stranger
Director
Jane Eyre
Associate Producer
Journey Into Fear
Director
Journey Into Fear
Producer
Journey Into Fear
Screenplay
The Magnificent Ambersons
Director
The Magnificent Ambersons
Producer
The Magnificent Ambersons
Screenplay
Citizen Kane
Director
Citizen Kane
Producer
Citizen Kane
Screenplay
The Green Goddess
Director
The Green Goddess
Producer
The Green Goddess
Adaptation
Too Much Johnson
Director
Too Much Johnson
Writer
The Hearts of Age
Director
The Hearts of Age
Writer
Four Men In The Raft
Director

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