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, writer and director.
Young Orson Welles first started performing during his years at the Todd Seminary for Boys, in school theater productions and on radio station.
He began his professional career on stage in a play "Jew Suss" (1931), in role as Duke Karl Alexander of Württemberg, at Gate Theatre, in Dublin, Ireland.
He made his professional debut on radio in The American School of the Air (1934).
He causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds” (1938).
He made his big screen debut in drama movie Citizen Kane (1941) which he directed, co-wrote, produced 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 the age of 19.
He directed and starred in role as Brutus in the Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (1937), which became the longest running version in Broadway history.
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as Judge Rauch in crime drama film Butterfly (1982).
He directed and starred in role as Sir John Falstaff in comedy drama film Chimes at Midnight (Campanadas a medianoche) (1965), for which he won two awards at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor.
Touch of Evil (1958) drama mystery in role as Police Captain Hank Quinlan, with Charlton Heston and Marlene Dietrich (director, screenwriter)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) drama with Joseph Cotten (director, producer, screenwriter and narrator)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947) noir in role as Michael O'Hara, with Rita Hayworth (director, producer, co-screenwriter)
The Trial (1962) black comedy drama in role as Albert Hastler, opposite Anthony Perkins and Romy Schneider (director, screenwriter)
The Stranger (1946) noir in role as Franz Kindler, also known as Professor Charles Rankin, with Loretta Young (director, co-screenwriter)
Macbeth (1948) historical drama war in role as Macbeth (director, screenwriter, producer)
Othello (1951) drama romance in role as Othello (director, producer, screenwriter)
Attended public school in Madison, Wisconsin.
Graduated from independent school Todd Seminary for Boys in Woodstock, Illinois in 1931.
Had German, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
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.
Founded an independent repertory theatre company, Mercury Theatre (1937).
He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1970.
Was a good friend with John Huston.
Was a big fan of animated films.
Posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
Welles died on October 10, 1985, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States, at age of 70.
He was married married to:
Paola Mori (1955-1985) they had one daughter, Beatrice Welles
Rita Hayworth (1943-1947) they had one daughter, Rebecca Welles Manning
Virginia Nicolson (1934-1940) they had one daughter, Christopher Welles Feder
He had relationships with: Oja Kodar (1966-1985), Marlene Dietrich (1958-1959), Ludmilla Tchérina (1952), Eartha Kitt (1950-1952), Nancy Valentine (1946), Lea Padovani (1943-1944), Billie Holiday (1942), Dolores del Rio (1941-1943), Vera Zorina (1938), Geraldine Fitzgerald (1939) and Lynn Remar (1938-1941).
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.