Orson Welles

American actor and filmmaker (1915–1985)

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American director, actor, writer, producer, and magician who is remembered for his innovative work in film, radio, and theatre. He is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Orson Welles
Welles in 1948
George Orson Welles

(1915-05-06)May 6, 1915
DiedOctober 10, 1985(1985-10-10) (aged 70)
Resting placeRonda, Andalusia, Spain
  • Director
  • actor
  • writer
  • producer
  • magician
Years active1931–1985
Notable work
Political partyDemocratic
Virginia Nicolson
(m. 1934; div. 1940)
(m. 1943; div. 1947)
(m. 1955)
Children3, including Beatrice

In 1938 Welles directed a weekly radio show, The Mercury Theater of the Air. His October 30 broadcast of The War of the Worlds (radio drama) created much excitement.

Welles also made the movie Citizen Kane in 1941. Many movie critics think that this movie is the best movie ever made. His later movies are less liked.

Welles died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, aged 70.

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