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American actor, director, writer and producer

Orson Welles is ...

Dead
Born 6 May 1915 in Kenosha
Died 10 Oct 1985 in Los Angeles
Age70 years, 5 months
Causemyocardial infarction
Correction?
Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, March 1, 1937.

About Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (; May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. He is remembered for his innovative work in all three: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar; in radio, the legendary 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds"; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made. In his 20s, Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project, including an adaptation of Macbeth with an entirely African American cast, and the political musical The Cradle Will Rock. In 1937 he and John Houseman founded the Mercury Theatre, an independent repertory theatre company that presented a series of productions on Broadway through 1941. Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds performed for his radio anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air. It reportedly caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an invasion by extraterrestrial beings was actually occurring. Although some contemporary sources claim these reports of panic were mostly false and overstated, they rocketed Welles to notoriety. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career. He struggled for creative control on his projects early on with the major film studios and later in life with a variety of independent financiers, and his films were either heavily edited or remained unreleased. His distinctive directorial style featured layered and nonlinear narrative forms, uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unusual camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. He has been praised as "the ultimate auteur". Welles followed up Citizen Kane with 12 other feature films, the most acclaimed of which include The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1966). Other works of his, such as The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and F for Fake (1973), are also well-regarded. In 2002, Welles was voted the greatest film director of all time in two British Film Institute polls among directors and critics. Known for his baritone voice, Welles was an actor in radio and film, a Shakespearean stage actor, and a magician noted for presenting troop variety shows in the war years.

Death

On the evening of October 9, 1985, Welles recorded his final interview on the syndicated TV program, The Merv Griffin Show, appearing with biographer Barbara Leaming. "Both Welles and Leaming talked of Welles's life and the segment was a nostalgic interlude," wrote biographer Frank Brady.:590–591 Welles returned to his house in Hollywood and worked into the early hours typing stage directions for the project he and Gary Graver were planning to shoot at UCLA the following day. Welles died sometime on the morning of October 10, following a heart attack.:453 He was found by his chauffeur at around 10 a.m.; the first of Welles's friends to arrive was Paul Stewart.:295–297

Welles was cremated by prior agreement with the executor of his estate, Greg Garrison,:592 whose advice about making lucrative TV appearances in the 1970s made it possible for Welles to pay off a portion of the taxes he owed the IRS.:549–550 A brief private funeral was attended by Paola Mori and Welles's three daughters—the first time they had ever been together. Only a few close friends were invited: Garrison, Graver, Roger Hill:298 and Prince Alessandro Tasca di Cuto. Chris Welles Feder later described the funeral as an awful experience.:1–9

A public memorial tribute:593 took place November 2, 1985, at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Host Peter Bogdanovich introduced speakers including Charles Champlin, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Greg Garrison, Charlton Heston, Roger Hill, Henry Jaglom, Arthur Knight, Oja Kodar, Barbara Leaming, Janet Leigh, Norman Lloyd, Dan O'Herlihy, Patrick Terrail and Robert Wise.:594:299–300

Films

Orson Welles has worked on the following films:

The Magnificent Ambersons
1942 film by Orson Welles, Robert Wise
1942
The Muppet Movie
1979 film by James Frawley
1979
Touch of Evil
1958 film by Orson Welles
1958
The Long, Hot Summer
1958 film by Martin Ritt
1958
The Stranger
1946 film by Orson Welles
1946
A Man for All Seasons
1966 film by Fred Zinnemann
1966
Jane Eyre
1944 film by Robert Stevenson
1944
Too Much Johnson
1938 film by Orson Welles
1938
F for Fake
1974 film by Orson Welles
1974
The Trial
1962 film by Orson Welles
1962
The Lady from Shanghai
1947 film by Orson Welles
1947
Waterloo
1970 film by Sergei Bondarchuk
1970
Othello
1952 film by Orson Welles
1952
Catch-22
1970 satirical comedy-drama war film
1970
The Kremlin Letter
1970 film by John Huston
1970
Journey into Fear
1943 film by Norman Foster
1943
King of Kings
1961 film by Nicholas Ray
1961
History of the World, Part I
1981 film by Mel Brooks
1981
Moby Dick
1956 film by John Huston
1956
Mr. Arkadin
French-Spanish-Swiss coproduction film
1955
Is Paris Burning?
French-American film, 1966
1966
Macbeth
1948 film by Orson Welles
1948
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
1995 film by Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson
1995
Voyage of the Damned
1976 film by Stuart Rosenberg
1976
The Vikings
1958 film by Richard Fleischer
1958
Duel in the Sun
1946 film by King Vidor
1946
The Roots of Heaven
1958 film by John Huston
1958
The V.I.P.s
1963 film by Anthony Asquith
1963
Napoléon
1955 film by Sacha Guitry
1955
Follow the Boys
1944 film by A. Edward Sutherland, John Rawlins
1944
Battle of Neretva
1969 film by Veljko Bulajić
1969
Royal Affairs in Versailles
1954 film by Sacha Guitry
1954
And Then There Were None
1974 film by Peter Collinson
1974
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
1981 film by Robert Guenette
1981
Black Magic
1949 film starring Orson Welles
1950
The Black Rose
1950 film by Henry Hathaway
1950
Compulsion
1959 film by Richard Fleischer
1959
The Battle Over Citizen Kane
1996 film by Michael Epstein, Thomas Lennon
1996
Prince of Foxes
1950 film by Henry King
1950
The Thirteen Chairs
1969 Italian-French comedy film by Nicolas Gessner, Luciano Lucignani
1969
Malpertuis
1971 film by Harry Kümel
1971
Austerlitz
1960 film by Abel Gance
1960
Treasure Island
1972 live-action film
1972
Ferry to Hong Kong
1959 film by Lewis Gilbert
1959
Butterfly
1982 American film
1982
The Secret of Nikola Tesla
1980 film by Krsto Papić
1980
Man in the Shadow
1958 film by Jack Arnold
1958
Twelfth Night
1933 film by Orson Welles
1933
Get to Know Your Rabbit
1972 film by Brian De Palma
1972
Crack in the Mirror
1960 film by Richard Fleischer
1960
Trent's Last Case
1952 film by Herbert Wilcox
1952
Three Cases of Murder
1955 film by David Eady
1955
A Safe Place
1971 film by Henry Jaglom
1971
David and Goliath
1960 film by Orson Welles, Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Pottier
1960
I'll Never Forget What's'isname
1967 film by Michael Winner
1967
Start the Revolution Without Me
1970 film by Bud Yorkin
1970
La Fayette
1961 film by Jean Dréville
1961
Tomorrow Is Forever
1946 film by Irving Pichel
1946
House of Cards
1968 film by John Guillermin
1968
The Tartars
1961 film by Ferdinando Baldi, Richard Thorpe
1961
Sentinels of Silence
1971
Marco the Magnificent
1965 film by Raoul Lévy, Denys de La Patellière, Noël Howard
1965
The Double McGuffin
1979 film by Joe Camp
1979
Curd Cheese
1963 film by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1963
Where Is Parsifal?
1983 film by Henri Helman
1983
An Evening with Orson Welles
1970 film by Orson Welles
1970
Tepepa
spaghetti western film
1968
Return to Glennascaul
1951 film by Hilton Edwards
1951
L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù
1953 film by Stefano Vanzina
1953
The Greatest Battle
1978 film by Umberto Lenzi
1978
Necromancy
1972 horror film
1972
King Lear
1953
Ten Days' Wonder
1971 film by Claude Chabrol
1971
Someone to Love
1987 film by Henry Jaglom
1987
Vienna
1968 film by Orson Welles
1968
The Sailor from Gibraltar
1967 film by Tony Richardson
1967
Apple Jack
2003 American short film
2003
Magic Trick
1953 film by Orson Welles
1953
The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh
1984
Genocide
1982 film by Arnold Schwartzman
1982
The Road to Bresson
1984
Le Désordre à vingt ans
1967 film by Jacques Baratier
1967
Kampf um Rom I
1968 film by Robert Siodmak, Andrew Marton, Sergiu Nicolaescu
1968

Books

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