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Orson Welles

Orson Welles

Gender: male | Birthday: 1915-05-06 | Place of Birth:

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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Known For

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles   2014

Release Date: 
2014

Rating: 6.8

Production Companies:

Director: George Lucas / George Lucas /

Stars: 
Orson Welles  /  Peter Bogdanovich  /  Julie Taymor
Lost in La Mancha
Lost in La Mancha

Lost in La Mancha   2002

Release Date: 
2002

Rating: 7.1

Production Companies: Quixote Films / Low Key Productions /

Director: Louis Pepe / Louis Pepe /

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies   1995

Release Date: 
1995

Rating: 8.4

Production Companies: Miramax Films / British Film Institute (BFI) /

Director: George Lucas / George Lucas /

Stars: 
Martin Scorsese  /  Brian De Palma  /  Gregory Peck
La classe américaine
La classe américaine

La classe américaine   1993

Release Date: 
1993

Rating: 7.9

Production Companies: Canal Plus / Club d'Investissement Média /

Director: Burt Lancaster / Burt Lancaster /

Stars: 
John Wayne  /  Dustin Hoffman  /  Robert Redford
Don Quixote
Don Quixote

Don Quixote   1992

Release Date: 
1992

Rating: 6

Production Companies:

Director: Jesús Franco / Jesús Franco /

Stars: 
Francisco Reiguera  /  Akim Tamiroff  /  Orson Welles
The Transformers: The Movie
The Transformers: The Movie

The Transformers: The Movie   1986

Release Date: 
1986

Rating: 7.1

Production Companies: De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG) / Marvel Productions /

Director: Eric Idle / Eric Idle /

Stars: 
Judd Nelson  /  Peter Cullen  /  Frank Welker

Acting

2014
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

as    Himself (archive footage)

2002
Lost in La Mancha

as    Himself (archive footage)

1993
La classe américaine

as    Himself (Archive Footage)

1986
The Transformers: The Movie

as    Unicron (voice)

1982
Butterfly

as    Judge Rauch

1981
History of the World: Part I

as    Narrator

1980
Shogun

as    Narrator (voice)

1979
The Muppet Movie

as    Lew Lord

1976
Voyage of the Damned

as    José Estedes

1974
Ten Little Indians

as    Voice on Tape

1972
Treasure Island

as    Long John Silver

1970
Catch-22

as    Brigadier General Dreedle

1970
Start the Revolution Without Me

as    The Narrator

1970
Waterloo

as    Louis XVIII

1969
Tepepa

as    Colonel Cascorro

1969
The Battle of Neretva

as    Četnik

1969
Twelve Plus One

as    Markan

1969
Twelve Plus One

as    Markan

1967
Casino Royale

as    Le Chiffre

1966
A Man for All Seasons

as    Cardinal Wolsey

1966
Is Paris Burning?

as    Konsul Nordling

1965
Marco the Magnificent

as    Akerman

1963
The V.I.P.s

as    Max Buda

1961
King of Kings

as    Narrator (Voice)

1959
Compulsion

as    Jonathan Wilk

1958
The Long, Hot Summer

as    Will Varner

1958
The Vikings

as    Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

1956
Moby Dick

as    Father Mapple

1955
Napoleon

as    Sir Hudson Lowe

1954
Royal Affairs in Versailles

as    Benjamin Franklin

1950
The Black Rose

as    Bayan

1949
Prince of Foxes

as    Cesare Borgia

1949
The Third Man

as    Harry Lime

1946
Duel in the Sun

as    Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

1943
Jane Eyre

as    Edward Rochester

1943
Journey Into Fear

as    Colonel Haki

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