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Orson Welles (1915–1985)


His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein. In 1931, he graduated from the ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Citizen Kane
(1941)
Touch of Evil
Touch of Evil Police Captain Hank Quinlan
(1958)
F for Fake
F for Fake Writer
(1973)
Mr. Arkadin
Mr. Arkadin Gregory Arkadin
(1955)

Filmography

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 1987 Someone to Love
Danny's Friend
 1986 The Transformers: The Movie
Unicron (voice)
 1984 The Enchanted Journey
Pippo (voice)
 1984 Where Is Parsifal?
Klingsor
 1983 Hot Money
Sheriff Paisley
 1981-1983 Magnum, P.I. (TV Series)
Robin Masters
- The Big Blow (1983) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- Birdman of Budapest (1983) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- Double Jeopardy (1982) ... Robin Masters (voice, uncredited)
- J."Digger" Doyle (1981) ... Robin Masters (voice)
 1982 Slapstick of Another Kind
Aliens' Father (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Butterfly
Judge Rauch
 1982 The Dreamers
Marcus Kleek
 1982 Wagner e Venezia (TV Short)
Richard Wagner (voice)
 1981 Tales of the Klondike (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Love of Life (1981) ... Narrator
- The Unexpected (1981) ... Narrator
- Scorn of Women (1981) ... Narrator
- The Race for Number One (1981) ... Narrator
- The One Thousand Dozen (1981) ... Narrator
 1981 History of the World: Part I
Narrator (voice)
 1981 The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Narrator
 1980 The Greenstone (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Narrator (voice)
 1980 Shogun (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1980 Tajna Nikole Tesle
J.P. Morgan
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Narrator (voice)
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Lew Lord
 1979 The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (Video)
Narrator
 1978 The Biggest Battle
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1978 A Woman Called Moses (TV Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.2 (1978) ... Narrator (voice)
- Episode #1.1 (1978) ... Narrator (voice)
 1977 Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Some Call It Greed
Narrator (voice)
 1977 It Happened One Christmas (TV Movie)
Henry F. Potter
 1977 Hot Tomorrows
Parklawn Mortuary (voice)
 1976 Voyage of the Damned
José Estedes
 1975 Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV Short)
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice)
 1974 Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab
U. N. Owen (voice)
 1973 Sutjeska
Winston Churchill
 1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie)
Sheridan Whiteside
 1972 Treasure Island
Long John Silver
 1972 Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Delasandro
 1972 Necromancy
Mr. Cato
 1972 Don Quixote
Don Quixote / Sancho Panza (voice)
 1971 London (Short)
Winston Churchill / George Bernard Shaw
 1971 Freedom River (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1971 Ten Days Wonder
Théo Van Horn - un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Narrator (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow")
- The Phantom Farmhouse/Silent Snow, Secret Snow (1971) ... Narrator (segment "Silent Snow, Secret Snow") (voice)
 1971 A Safe Place
The Magician
 1971 Malpertuis
Cassavius
 1970 The Deep
Russ Brewer
 1970 The Golden Honeymoon (Short)
 1970 Upon This Rock (TV Movie)
Michelangelo (voice)
 1970 Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1970/I Waterloo
Louis XVIII
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Narrator
 1970 Catch-22
Brig. Gen. Dreedle
 1970 Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator
 1970 The Kremlin Letter
Bresnavitch
 1969 The Merchant of Venice (TV Short)
Shylock
 1969 12 + 1
Maurice Markau
 1969 Bitka na Neretvi
Senator
 1969 Kampf um Rom II - Der Verrat
Justinian
 1969 The Southern Star
Plankett
 1969 Tepepa
Colonel Cascorro
 1969 To Build a Fire
Narrator (voice)
 1968 The Last Roman
Emperor Justinian
 1968 House of Cards
Leschenhaut
 1968 Oedipus the King
Tiresias
 1968 The Immortal Story (TV Movie)
Mr. Charles Clay
 1967 I'll Never Forget What's'isname
Jonathan Lute
 1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
Louis de Mozambique
 1967 Casino Royale
Le Chiffre
 1966 A Man for All Seasons
Cardinal Wolsey
 1966 Paris brûle-t-il?
Consul Raoul Nordling
 1965 Treasure Island (Short)
Long John Silver
 1965 Chimes at Midnight
Falstaff
 1965 Marco the Magnificent
Akerman, Marco's Tutor
 1965 La isla del tesoro (Short)
Long John Silver
 1964 The Finest Hours (Documentary)
Narrator (voice)
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Max Buda
 1963 Ro.Go.Pa.G.
The 'Director' (segment "La ricotta")
 1962 The Trial
Albert Hastler - The Advocate / Narrator
 1962 Lafayette
Benjamin Franklin
 1961 King of Kings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1961 I tartari
Burundai
 1960 The Battle of Austerlitz
Robert Fulton
 1960 An Arabian Night (TV Movie)
Storyteller
 1960 Crack in the Mirror
Hagolin / Lamerciere
 1960 David and Goliath
King Saul
 1959 High Journey (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart
 1959 Compulsion
Jonathan Wilk
 1958 Masters of the Congo Jungle (Documentary)
Narrator, English Language Version (voice)
 1958 The Roots of Heaven
Cy Sedgewick
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
Narrator
- Fountain of Youth (1958) ... Narrator
 1958 The Fountain of Youth (TV Short)
Host / narrator
 1958 South Seas Adventure
Supplemental Narrator (voice)
 1958 The Vikings
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1958 The Long, Hot Summer
Will Varner
 1958 Touch of Evil
Police Captain Hank Quinlan
 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Virgil Renchler
 1956 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
Orson Welles
- Lucy Meets Orson Welles (1956) ... Orson Welles
 1956 Moby Dick
Father Mapple
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series)
Oscar Jaffe
- Twentieth Century (1956) ... Oscar Jaffe
 1955 Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie)
An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab
 1955 Mr. Arkadin
Gregory Arkadin
 1955 Napoléon
Sir Hudson Lowe
 1955 Three Cases of Murder
Lord Mountdrago ("Lord Mountdrago" segment)
 1954 Trouble in the Glen
Sanin Cejador y Mengues
 1954 Royal Affairs in Versailles
Benjamin Franklin
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series)
King Lear
- King Lear (1953) ... King Lear
 1953 L'uomo la bestia e la virtù
Captain Perella - the Beast
 1953 Return to Glennascaul (Short)
Narrator / Orson Welles
 1952 Trent's Last Case
Sigsbee Manderson
 1951 Othello
Othello
 1950 The Black Rose
Bayan
 1949 Prince of Foxes
Cesare Borgia
 1949 The Third Man
Harry Lime
 1949 Black Magic
Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro
 1948 Macbeth
Macbeth
 1947 The Lady from Shanghai
Michael O'Hara
 1946 Duel in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1946 The Stranger
Professor Charles Rankin
 1946 Tomorrow Is Forever
John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler
 1944 Follow the Boys
Orson Welles
 1943 Jane Eyre
Edward Rochester
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons
Narrator (voice)
 1942 Journey Into Fear
Colonel Haki
 1941 Citizen Kane
Kane
 1940 Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited)
 1939 The Green Goddess (Short)
Rajah / Narrator
 1938 Too Much Johnson
Keystone Kop
 1934 The Hearts of Age (Short)
Death
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Album: He adapted, directed and narrated a version of Oscar Wilde's story "The Happy Prince", for Decca Records. Bing Crosby spoke the Prince's lines (and got first billing) and Mercury Theatre actress Lurene Tuttle played the Swallow. The music was written by Welles' frequent collaborator Bernard Herrmann and conducted by Victor Young... See more »

Publicity Listings:

16 Biographical Movies | 50 Print Biographies | 21 Portrayals | 53 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

O.W. Jeeves | G.O. Spelvin | Orson Wells | Wells

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

After [Irving Thalberg] died, Norma Shearer--one of the most minimally ­talented ladies ever to appear on the ­silver screen and who looked like ­nothing, with one eye crossed over the other--went right on being the queen of Hollywood. Everybody used to say, "Mrs. Thalberg is coming", "Miss Shearer is arriving", as though they were talking about Sarah Bernhardt. See more »

Trivia:

Wrote his novel "Mr. Arkadian" during an extended stay with Laurence Olivier and his wife Vivien Leigh. Welles was appearing at Olivier's St. James Theater in London at the time. See more »

Trademark:

Known for his use of low camera angles, tracking shots, deep focus and elaborate crane shots in his films. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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