Orson Welles young
May 6, 1915
6 ft 2 in | 188 cm
98 kg | 218 pounds
Orson Welles was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States, on May 6, 1915, was an American actor and director. Young Orson Welles began his career on the stage in a play Jew Suss (1931) in role as Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg, at Gate Theatre. He made his debut on radio in The American School of the Air (1934).
He made his big screen debut in mystery drama movie Citizen Kane (1941) which he directed, co-wrote and starred in lead role as Charles Foster Kaneas and for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won the Academy Award for best screenplay.
He made his Broadway debut in a play Romeo and Julietin (1934) in role as Tybalt, at age of 19.
He directed and starred in role as Brutus in a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1937), which became the longest running version in Broadway history.
He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1970.
Touch of Evil (1958) drama mystery opposite Charlton Heston and Marlene Dietrich
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) drama with Joseph Cotten
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) noir with Rita Hayworth
Chimes at Midnight (1965) drama history in lead role as Sir John Falstaff
The Trial (1962) black comedy drama opposite Anthony Perkins and Romy Schneider
The Stranger (1946) noir with Loretta Young
Chimes at Midnight (1965) comedy drama opposite Jeanne Moreau
Macbeth (1948) historical drama war in role as Macbeth
Othello (1951) drama romance in role as Othello
He directed thirteen full-length films during his career.
He was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion photos at 1600 Vine Street and for Radio at 6652 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” (1938).
He was married to actress Rita Hayworth (1943-1947).
He had relationship with Mexican actress Dolores del Río (1939-1943).
He had three daughters from his marriages.
Was a good friend with John Huston.
Welles died on October 10, 1985, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, at age of 70.
A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.
I'm not rich. Never have been. When you see me in a bad movie as an actor (I hope not as a director), it is because a good movie has not been offered to me. I often make bad films in order to live.
You know, I always loved Hollywood. It was just never reciprocated.
Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.
Good evening, ladies and gentleman. My name is Orson Welles. I am an actor. I am a writer. I am a producer. I am a director. I am a magician. I appear onstage and on the radio. Why are there so many of me and so few of you?
I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act.
I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.