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.


Film Credits

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 (archive footage)
Cineastes contra magnats (2005)
as Himself (archive footage)
Brunnen (2005)
as
Modern Art - A Complete Guide (2003)
as Narrator
Rita (2003)
as
Lost in La Mancha (2002)
as Himself (archive footage)
A Huey P. Newton Story (2001)
as
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 (1996)
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)
as
Someone to Love (1988)
as Himself
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
as Unicron (voice)
Where Is Parsifal? (1985)
as
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
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)
as
The Dreamers (1982)
as Marcus Kleek
Slapstick (Of Another Kind) (1982)
as Aliens' Father (voice)
Butterfly (1982)
as Judge Rauch
Orson Welles' The Dreamers (1982)
as
The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982)
as Narrator
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)
as
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
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)
as
Forugh-e lavidan (1971)
as Narrator
The Wings of Man (1971)
as Narrator (voice)
Freedom River (1971)
as Narrator
Malpertuis (1971)
as Cassavius
The Golden Honeymoon (1970)
as
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)
as
Catch-22 (1970)
as Brigadier General Dreedle
The Kremlin Letter (1970)
as Bresnavitch
Upon This Rock (1970)
as Michelangelo (voice)
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)
as
A Man for All Seasons (1966)
as Cardinal Wolsey
Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)
as Konsul Nordling
Orson Welles in Spain (1966)
as Himself
Falstaff (1965)
as Falstaff
La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (1965)
as Akerman
A King's Story (1965)
as Narrator
The Finest Hours (1964)
as Narrator (voice)
The Odyssey of Rita Hayworth (1964)
as Himself (archive footage)
The V.I.P.s (1963)
as Max Buda
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
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)
Touch of Evil (1958)
as Police Captain Hank Quinlan
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
as Will Varner
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
A Horse Called Nijinsky ()
as Narrator

Production Credits

The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Director
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Editor
The Other Side of the Wind (2018)
Writer
The Merchant of Venice (2015)
Director
The Merchant of Venice (2015)
Producer
The Merchant of Venice (2015)
Screenplay
The Magnificent Ambersons (2002)
Screenplay
Moby Dick (2000)
Director
Moby Dick (2000)
Theatre Play
L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles (2000)
Director
The Big Brass Ring (1999)
Scenario Writer
It's All True (1993)
Director
Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)
Director
Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)
Writer
Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985)
Director
Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985)
Writer
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
Director
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
Screenplay
The Dreamers (1982)
Director
The Dreamers (1982)
Producer
The Dreamers (1982)
Screenplay
Trick or Treats (1982)
Other
Orson Welles' The Dreamers (1982)
Director
Orson Welles' The Dreamers (1982)
Writer
Filming 'The Trial' (1981)
Director
Filming 'The Trial' (1981)
Producer
The Orson Welles Show (1979)
Director
Filming Othello (1978)
Director
Filming Othello (1978)
Writer
F for Fake Trailer (1976)
Director
F for Fake Trailer (1976)
Producer
F for Fake Trailer (1976)
Writer
Vérités et Mensonges (1975)
Director
Vérités et Mensonges (1975)
Editor
Vérités et Mensonges (1975)
Writer
Don Quixote (1972)
Director
Don Quixote (1972)
Editor
Don Quixote (1972)
Producer
Don Quixote (1972)
Writer
London (1971)
Director
London (1971)
Writer
Freedom River (1971)
Producer
The Golden Honeymoon (1970)
Director
The Golden Honeymoon (1970)
Writer
The Deep (1970)
Director
The Deep (1970)
Producer
The Deep (1970)
Screenplay
The Southern Star (1969)
Director
Une histoire immortelle (1968)
Director
Une histoire immortelle (1968)
Writer
Vienna (1968)
Director
Vienna (1968)
Writer
Falstaff (1965)
Director
Falstaff (1965)
Screenplay
Le procès (1962)
Director
Le procès (1962)
Screenplay
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
Production Design
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
Director
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
Producer
The Fountain of Youth (1958)
Writer
Touch of Evil (1958)
Director
Touch of Evil (1958)
Screenplay
Portrait of Gina (1958)
Director
Portrait of Gina (1958)
Writer
Movie Theatre Sequence from 'Don Quixote' (1957)
Director
Movie Theatre Sequence from 'Don Quixote' (1957)
Editor
The Land of the Basques (1955)
Director
Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955)
Director
Orson Welles' Sketch Book (1955)
Writer
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Director
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Writer
Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955)
Director
Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955)
Writer
Othello (1951)
Director
Othello (1951)
Producer
Othello (1951)
Writer
Black Magic (1949)
Director
Macbeth (1948)
Costume Design
Macbeth (1948)
Director
Macbeth (1948)
Producer
Macbeth (1948)
Screenplay
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Director
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Producer
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Screenplay
Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Idea
The Stranger (1946)
Director
Jane Eyre (1943)
Associate Producer
Journey Into Fear (1943)
Producer
Journey Into Fear (1943)
Screenplay
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Director
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Producer
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Screenplay
Citizen Kane (1941)
Director
Citizen Kane (1941)
Producer
Citizen Kane (1941)
Screenplay
The Green Goddess (1939)
Director
The Green Goddess (1939)
Producer
The Green Goddess (1939)
Adaptation
Too Much Johnson (1938)
Director
Too Much Johnson (1938)
Writer
The Hearts of Age (1934)
Director
Four Men In The Raft ()
Director