Orson Welles

Orson WellesBorn: 6 May 1915

Died: 10 October 1985











Academy Award winning Actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles was born on this day in 1915.

Before his career in film he was known for his groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar, entitled Caesar (1937) and also for his radio work with The Mercury Theatre on the Air. In particular he is remembered for the 1938 adaptation of The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells that supposedly caused mass panic amongst listeners due to it’s news bulletin style broadcast.

In 1941 Welles’ first film was Citizen Kane, which he directed, produced, co-wrote and starred in. He received the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award and further nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

His next film was The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) for which he received the Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

A Touch of Evil (1958) is considered to be his third greatest film but he is also known for the films The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Chimes at Midnight (1966) although these have always been overshadowed.

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