Orson Welles (1915–1985)Actor  | Director  | WriterTop 5000
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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 six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father’s death and became the ward of Dr. Maurice Bernstein of Chicago. In 1931, he …  See full bio »Born: May 61915  in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USADied: October 101985  (age 70) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

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Orson Welles in Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)
Orson Welles, Laura Betti, and Ettore Garofolo in Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)
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Citizen KaneKane(1941)Touch of EvilPolice Captain Hank Quinlan(1958)The Lady from ShanghaiMichael O’Hara(1947)Le procèsAlbert Hastler – The Advocate / Narrator(1962)Show Show all  |   Show by… Job Year » Rating » Number of Ratings » Genre » Keyword »   |  Edit


Jump to: Actor | Director | Writer | Producer | Editor | Camera and Electrical Department |Soundtrack | Costume designer | Music department | Production designer | CinematographerArt department | Art director | Additional Crew | Thanks | Self | Archive footageHide HideActor (130 credits) 2005An Evening with Orson Welles: The Golden Honeymoon (Short) 
Narrator 1987Someone to Love
Danny’s Friend 1986Hot Money
Sheriff Paisley 1986The Transformers: The Movie
Unicron (voice) 1985Moonlighting (TV Series) 
Orson Welles- The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice (1985) … Orson Welles 1984Where Is Parsifal?
Klingsor 1981-1983Magnum, 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) 1982The Dreamers (Short) 
Marcus Kleek 1982Wagner and Venice (TV Short) 
Richard Wagner (voice) 1982Slapstick (Of Another Kind)
Aliens’ Father (voice, uncredited) 1981Butterfly
Judge Rauch 1981Gurikku no bouken
Pippo (voice) 1981Tales 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) … NarratorShow all 7 episodes 1981History of the World: Part I
Narrator (voice) 1981The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
Narrator 1980The Greenstone (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1980James Clavell’s 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) 1980James Clavell’s Shogun (TV Movie) 
Narrator (voice) 1980The Secret Life of Nikola Tesla
J.P. Morgan 1979The New Media Bible: Book of Genesis (Video) 
Narrator 1979To Try Again… and Succeed (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1979The Double McGuffin
Narrator (voice) 1979The Muppet Movie
Lew Lord 1978A Woman Called Moses (TV Series) 
Narrator- Episode #1.2 (1978) … Narrator (voice)- Episode #1.1 (1978) … Narrator (voice) 1978Il grande attacco
Narrator (voice, uncredited) 1977Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1977Some Call It Greed
Narrator (voice) 1977It Happened One Christmas (TV Movie) 
Henry F. Potter 1977Hot Tomorrows
Parklawn Mortuary (voice) 1976Voyage of the Damned
Jose Estedes 1975Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (TV Short) 
Narrator / Nag / Chuchundra (voice) 1974Ten Little Indians
U. N. Owen / and the voice of (voice) 1973The Cave: a parable told by Orson Welles (Short) 
Narrator 1973Battle of Sutjeska
Winston Churchill 1972The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie) 
Sheridan Whiteside 1972Treasure Island
Long John Silver 1972Get to Know Your Rabbit
Mr. Delasandro 1972Necromancy
Mr. Cato 1971London (Short) 
Presenter / Winston Churchill / One-Man Band / … 1971Malpertuis
Cassavius 1971Freedom River (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1971La décade prodigieuse
Théo Van Horn – un multimillionnaire qui vit en despote dans sa maison 1971Night Gallery (TV Series) 
Narrator (segment “Silent Snow, Secret Snow”)- The Phantom Farmhouse/Silent Snow, Secret Snow (1971) … Narrator (segment “Silent Snow, Secret Snow”) (voice) 1971A Safe Place
The Magician 1970The Deep
Russ Brewer 1970Is It Always Right to Be Right? (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1970Laugh-In (TV Series) 
Guest Performer- Episode #4.7 (1970) … Guest Performer 1970/IWaterloo
Louis XVIII 1970The Name of the Game (TV Series) 
Narrator- The Enemy Before Us (1970) … Narrator 1970Upon This Rock (TV Movie) 
Michelangelo (voice) 1970Catch-22
General Dreedle 1970Start the Revolution Without Me
The Narrator 1970The Kremlin Letter
Bresnavitch 1969The Merchant of Venice (TV Short) 
Shylock 1969To Build a Fire
Narrator (voice) 196912 + 1
Maurice Markau 1969The Battle of Neretva
Senator 1969Kampf um Rom II – Der Verrat
Justinian 1969The Southern Star
Plankett 1969Tepepa
Colonel Cascorro 1968The Fight for Rome
Emperor Justinian 1968House of Cards
Leschenhaut 1968Oedipus the King
Tiresias 1968The Immortal Story (TV Movie) 
Mr. Charles Clay 1967I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname
Jonathan Lute 1967The Sailor from Gibraltar
Louis de Mozambique 1967Casino Royale
Le Chiffre 1966A Man for All Seasons
Cardinal Wolsey 1966Is Paris Burning?
Consul Raoul Nordling 1965La isla del tesoro (Short) 
Long John Silver 1965Treasure Island (Short) 
Long John Silver 1965Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight)
Falstaff 1965Marco the Magnificent
Akerman, Marco’s Tutor 1964The Finest Hours (Documentary) 
Narrator (voice) 1963The V.I.P.S
Max Buda 1963Ro.Go.Pa.G.
The ‘Director’ (segment “La ricotta”) 1962Le procès
Albert Hastler – The Advocate / Narrator 1962La Fayette
Benjamin Franklin 1961King of Kings
Narrator (voice, uncredited) 1961The Tartars
Burundai 1960Austerlitz
Robert Fulton 1960An Arabian Night (TV Movie) 
Storyteller 1960Crack in the Mirror
Hagolin / Lamerciere 1960David and Goliath
King Saul 1959High Journey (Short) 
Narrator (voice) 1959Ferry to Hong Kong
Captain Hart 1959Compulsion
Jonathan Wilk 1958Les seigneurs de la forêt (Documentary) 
Narrator, English Language Version (voice) 1958The Roots of Heaven
Cy Sedgewick 1958Colgate Theatre (TV Series) 
Narrator- Fountain of Youth (1958) … Narrator 1958The Fountain of Youth (TV Short) 
Host / Narrator 1958South Seas Adventure
Supplemental Narrator (voice) 1958The Vikings
Narrator (voice, uncredited) 1958Touch of Evil
Police Captain Hank Quinlan 1958The Long, Hot Summer
Will Varner 1957/IMan in the Shadow
Virgil Renchler 1956I Love Lucy (TV Series) 
Orson Welles- Lucy Meets Orson Welles (1956) … Orson Welles 1956Moby Dick
Father Mapple 1956Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) 
Oscar Jaffe- Twentieth Century (1956) … Oscar Jaffe 1955Moby Dick Rehearsed (TV Movie) 
An Actor Manager / Father Mapple / Ahab 1955Mr. Arkadin
Gregory Arkadin 1955Napoleon
Sir Hudson Lowe 1955Three Cases of Murder
Lord Mountdrago (“Lord Mountdrago” segment) 1954Trouble in the Glen
Sanin Cejador y Mengues 1954Si Versailles m’était conté
Benjamin Franklin 1953Return to Glennascaul (Short) 
Narrator / Orson Welles 1953Omnibus (TV Series) 
King Lear (segment)- King Lear (1953) … King Lear (segment) 1953L’uomo la bestia e la virtù
Captain Perella – the Beast 1952Trent’s Last Case
Sigsbee Manderson 1952The Little World of Don Camillo
Narrator (voice) 1951Othello
Othello 1950The Black Rose
Bayan 1949Prince of Foxes
Cesare Borgia 1949The Third Man
Harry Lime 1949Black Magic
Joseph Balsamo aka Count Cagliostro 1948Macbeth
Macbeth 1947The Lady from Shanghai
Michael O’Hara 1946Duel in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited) 1946The Stranger
Professor Charles Rankin 1946Tomorrow Is Forever
John Andrew MacDonald / Erik Kessler 1944Follow the Boys
Orson Welles 1943Jane Eyre
Edward Rochester 1943Journey Into Fear
Colonel Haki 1942The Magnificent Ambersons
Narrator (voice) 1941Citizen Kane
Kane 1940Swiss Family Robinson
Opening Narrator (uncredited) 1939The Green Goddess (Short) 
Rajah / Narrator 1938Too Much Johnson
Keystone Kop 1934The Hearts of Age (Short) 
Death 1933Twelfth Night (Short) 
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 Stage: Directed “”Native Son” at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. Drama (revival). Written by Paul Green and Richard Wright. Based on the novel by Richard Wright. 23 Oct 1942- 2 Jan 1943 (84 performances). Produced by The Brandts. NOTE: Filmed as Native Son (1951); Native Son (1986).  See more »

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 Hollywood died on me as soon as I got there. I wish to God I’d gone there sooner. It was the rise of the independents that was my ruin as a director.  See more »


 He made The Lady from Shanghai (1947) towards the end of his marriage to Rita Hayworth. They were constantly fighting at the time and (some say as a comeuppance to Hayworth) he made her cut off most of her long, luxurious red hair and dye it bright platinum blonde.  See more »


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


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